Immigrant Life Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by Dapo BankoleWebsite

Get the lessons learned, tips, strategies and actionable insights that will help you thrive as a first-generation Canadian immigrant. Enjoy the Canadian Narrative of an immigrant's life.

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ILP-0035: Should I leave My Kids In Dayhome In Order To Work?

September 12th, 2019

12:50

One of the tough decisions that permanent residents have to make is how to handle the intersection between their careers and their responsibilities as parents. Many make the decision to become stay-at-home parents while …

ILP-0034: Is Canada Racist?

September 10th, 2019

12:31

Is Canada Racist? Well, I spilled the beans in this episode. Since I have had people ask me this question under the radar at different times, I thought it's high time I shared my perspective in public. Perhaps a few …

ILP-0033: When Is The Best Time To Buy A Car?

September 5th, 2019

9:46

Today's question is very direct - when is the best time to buy a car? A fair question that has different undertones to it. In this nine-minute episode, I shared my objective thought on this. If you are considering …

ILP-0032: Can I Work And School At The Same Time?

September 3rd, 2019

8:53

Is it possible to combine full-time work with part-time Schooling and what do I need to know? This is another interesting question from a listener. I …

ILP-0031: When In Doubt Be Nice

August 29th, 2019

11:44

Life is hard. Being an immigrant is tough. Keeping up hope when hell seems to have broken loose is a courageous act. Unfortunately, we don't often notice the brave ones amongst us because they are not the definition of …

ILP-0030: How To Reduce Your Car Insurance Premium

August 27th, 2019

20:19

Do you feel like you are paying more than necessary for your car insurance? Or do you have this nagging feeling that you could lower your current …

ILP-0029: How Windmill Microlending Can Help New Immigrants

August 22nd, 2019

19:14

Are you a newly landed Canadian immigrant? Or a Canadian permanent resident of a few years seeking a professional job and is currently underemployed? …

ILP 0028: Should I Take A Contract Job?

August 20th, 2019

20:32

Let's talk about Sally. Sally arrived in Canada and has been without a job for a while but suddenly she secures a contract role. She is however …

ILP 0027: What Is The Best Quadrant In Calgary?

August 15th, 2019

14:14

I am planning to land and live in Calgary but I am confused. Should I live in the SW, NE, NW or the SE? There are different opinions about this and …

ILP 0026: Should I Go Back To School?

August 13th, 2019

8:06

Being without the desired job role can be unnerving let alone the pressure of being without a job in a developed nation like Canada where bills are …

ILP 0025: Workplace Intelligence For Canadian Immigrants

January 10th, 2019

1:16:26

Securing a job as an immigrant can be challenging enough. Then after breaking through the barriers of employment and securing that coveted professional job, we are faced with how to keep that job and build healthy …

ILP 0024: Why I don't Believe in Gyms

December 23rd, 2018

11:27

A senior shared why his gym membership wasn’t working for him despite being at the gym every single day of this year. When he shared his experience, I caught what the challenge was and knew that I made the same mistake …

ILP 0023: Two Ways to Fart in Public and Get Away with It!

December 15th, 2018

18:01

In this week’s episode I talked about how missing commitments (especially public ones) make you look bad like when you fart in public *closes eyes* even though you did not plan to. I did encourage listeners to not give …

ILP 0022: My First French Kiss

November 27th, 2018

22:53

Sometimes, our upbringing, life experiences and native culture condition us to see and approach life in specific ways. And there is nothing …

ILP 0021: Fight To Keep Your Dream Alive

November 21st, 2018

14:35

According to John Greenleaf Whittier, "Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When he might have won if he'd stuck it out. Don't give up, though the …

ILP 0020: 111 Lessons Learned in 6 Years of My Immigrant Life Journey

November 13th, 2018

20:48

Today, I thought to share with you 111 important lessons that I have learned in my six years of integration into the Canadian system. This list is not ranked or grouped in any manner. I wrote them down as they came to …

ILP 0019: My Canadian Immigration Story

November 6th, 2018

30:39

I have come across several discussions debating why it may or may not be worth it immigrating to Canada. When asked, many who eventually succeeded …

ILP 0018: Our Daily Choices

October 30th, 2018

13:59

It has been said that the average person makes up to 35,000 decisions in a day. Making a choice involves decision making. As immigrants with lofty …

ILP 0017: How New Immigrants Can Succeed In The Workplace

October 23rd, 2018

57:38

Kristine Malmqvist is a 7th generation Scottish immigrant. Coming from decades of experience schooling and working with new immigrants, she joined me …

ILP 0016: Omah, A Courageous Story of Persistence

October 16th, 2018

1:06:17

This week, I am letting you in on a discussion that I had with a new immigrant that I’ll like to call “Omah”. Of course, that implies it’s not his real name – I am just using that screen name to protect his privacy. He …

ILP 0015: How Will You Respond When Your Values Are Violated?

October 9th, 2018

11:31

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I am truly thankful for the opportunity that I have to serve this growing community! Thank you for the continued …

ILP 0014: Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms Of Life?

October 2nd, 2018

8:10

Life is fun until it is not. When life hits you in the face with an unpleasant surprise, what do you do? For most of us, we have a default that we …

ILP 0013: Ask For Help

September 25th, 2018

24:31

In this episode, I shared about the great benefit of ASKING for help and how it can be easily ignored - perhaps because of the simplicity, the negative conditioning created by penalties suffered when we asked for help …

ILP 0012: I got A Professional Job Without An Interview

September 18th, 2018

18:39

At a point in my Canadian integration journey when I was psychologically and financially empty, a leading organization offered me a job without an …

ILP 0011: Why My Show of Respect Was Misunderstood

September 11th, 2018

17:17

In 2013, I sent an official email to a senior lady at an establishment. Without thinking about it, I thought that I did an excellent job by according …

ILP 0010: Are You Prepared For Whats Coming?

September 4th, 2018

20:19

This week’s episode is a little bit different and I’ll tell you why. Over the last six weeks, I’ve caught myself talking a lot more about a certain topic when with clients, friends and even in public speaking …

ILP 0009: Why I Filed For Bankruptcy And How You Can Avoid It.

August 28th, 2018

1:05:25

'John Smith' is a first generation immigrant who got into debt and eventually filed for bankruptcy. It was a difficult time but he learned his …

ILP 0008: It Has Been A Struggle But It's Worth It

August 21st, 2018

47:44

Ayesha Qureshi was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to Canada in 2012 as a permanent resident. Ayesha is an Engineer by training, works a professional job and even though she seemed to have it easier than many …

ILP 0007: How My Experience in France and China Created a Smooth Canadian Narrative for me

August 14th, 2018

49:34

Discover how an immigrant had a smooth integration experience in Canada and how you can too! Will Zhang arrived in Canada from France with his family in 2009. Will is a first-generation Canadian immigrant of Chinese …

ILP 0006: How I Lived Through Five Years of Professional Instability

August 7th, 2018

1:19:59

On today’s show, I have with me Emmanuel Olusuyi. Emmanuel is an internationally trained engineer and project manager. He arrived Calgary with his family in 2013 but after a few years, he had to leave this great city …

ILP 0005: How I Passed My Values To My Kids Successfully

July 31st, 2018

28:28

In today's show, Gurjit Lali talks about how she has been able to pass on her chosen values to her children successfully. That probably sounds easy …

ILP 0004: Give Me Lylon Bag

July 24th, 2018

3:50

This week, I present the story of a new immigrant who went into one of the Real Canadian Superstores to buy groceries and requested the cashier to provide him with 'lylon' bag. The cashier and the immigrant both got …

ILP 0003: The Immigrant Mindset

July 17th, 2018

27:04

This week's episode is an interesting one! Originally from Nigeria, Oyakhire Airende arrived in Canada as a student of Petroleum Engineering and …

ILP 0002: How I Secured My Professional Job In Two Months

July 10th, 2018

49:00

This week, Salma Sultana joins me from Ontario. Salma is an IT Project Manager. Along with her husband, she immigrated to Canada from India in March …

ILP 0001: What To Expect from Immigrant Life Podcast

July 2nd, 2018

6:54

In this maiden edition, I revealed that my ultimate aim of starting the Immigrant Life initiative is to make the settlement and integration of …

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