Are you craving a change of scenery and all the adventures that come with new challenges and opportunities, but are concerned about stepping away from your career?
Continuing your ArchViz career while living and travelling in Canada is a total possibility with two winning factors:
1. Norm Li is Canada’s leading visualization studio and we are excited to bring on Australian talent.
We are growing our team – find out what we’re looking for here (insert link to job posting). We know that when different ideas and perspectives come together in a collaborative environment, it is a catalyst for creative outcomes.
This is why we have built a team of talented people with diverse backgrounds, unique strengths, and most importantly shared values. In our company, we have team members from France, India, Poland, Brazil, Ukraine, and Dhaka just to name a few. From each person’s global experiences we elevate our artistry, technical efficiencies, relationships with each other, studio process, business practices, our clients’ experience, and our mark on the industry. It’s a beautiful thing, and personally one of the reasons I’m so proud to be part of this team.
On a more practical level, our office is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are literally above the subway line and along the streetcar and bus route – so easy to get to. Our neighbourhood is lined with a buffet of restaurants and bakeries, and in the summer there are nearby farmers markets – this makes it tempting not to eat out every day. Toronto is a wonderful city and there is even more to explore just a few hours of driving out of the urban centre.
When you join the Norm Li team, there is undoubtedly hard work and some long hours, but you also have paid time off to maximize on your Canadian adventure. At the start, we offer 10 days vacation, and in lieu of overtime 4 Fridays off for 4-day summer long weekends plus an office closure at Christmas and New Year which is another 10 days away to play.
Sounds like fun because it can be! Now for the nitty-gritty of factor number two…
2. The Government of Canada’s International Experience Canada (IEC) for Australian passport holders, 18-30 years old.
To be eligible for IEC, you must:
• Be an Australian citizen
• Have a valid Australian passport for the duration of your stay in Canada (up to two years)
• Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of application
• Provide documentary evidence that you have at least $2500 CAD in the bank to help cover your initial personal living expenses
• Be able to take out health insurance for the duration of your stay
• Have a round-trip plane ticket or financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of your authorized stay in Canada
• Not be accompanied by dependents
The process requires some work and waiting, but it’s pretty straight-forward. This website lays it out pretty clearly – offtracktravel.ca – step by step how you can:
1. Check your eligibility for the IEC program
2. Create profile to submit into the pool
3. Wait for your invite
4. Apply for the IEC work permit
5. Receive final approval
According to the Government of Canada website, your chance of receiving an invitation in the next round is excellent, so let’s get this started!
Learn more about us and the Architectural Illustrator (expat) role at normli.global/jobs.
Start the process listed above by checking your eligibility for the IEC program and creating your profile to submit into the pool.
As a key part of your application, send us a portfolio of your proudest ArchViz images and be sure to note that you are interested in joining us via the WHP program and at what stage of the process you have reached.
If we see a good fit, I’ll reach out and start the conversation.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Karen Choi, Director of Operations