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Old 02-15-2014, 08:45 PM
 
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Hey all!

I've researched about 3 years worth of info on this website and my brain is about to explode lol.

I live in Kingston and am looking to move to Montreal to refine my art skills as a artist.

I have the following skills/experience
1. Currently work in a multi-national audit firm doing IT audits -no chance of transferring
2. I am a Chartered Accountant
3. Fluent in English only and very very minor French

My goal is only to stay in Montreal for 2 years max so I don't want to master French but am willing to learn basic French out of respect for city cause I love them all

Here is the type of job I want:

1. Decent pay to survive
2. Near the city

Here are the type of jobs I found from this website:

1. Big box stores i.e. Walmart, Target
2. English teacher/tutor
3. Call Centre
4. Stripper
5. Indie coffee shop
6. Move to west island and pray

Are there any other options. I love Montreal soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, I would sell my own family to move there (dead serious!)

Any other advice would be appreciated!

Last edited by Funnyland; 02-15-2014 at 09:01 PM..
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Old 02-16-2014, 02:40 AM
 
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If you love Montreal so much why are you limiting your stay to just 2 years?
How will you refine your art skills by moving to Montreal?
Not knowing French in Montreal puts you at a big disadvantage in the job market,
While you are still in Kingston you might as well learn some French.
https://www.google.ca/#q=learn+frenc...io&safe=active.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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Montreal people have so much experience with art that they are by far a better judge of high quality than other cities IMHO.

After two years I will move to the states :S. I don't have a choice on that
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:10 AM
 
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Not sure what genre of art you are into but Montreal doesnt have the world of art sewn up,many places in Europe have produced some of the best artists. What is it about Montreal in particular that has you thinking you need to go there?
What have you discovered about the art scene in Toronto?
In fact Googling Canadas best Arts scene Montreal isnt mentioned.
https://www.google.ca/#q=Best+Art+sc...da&safe=active
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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I prefer to cater to the Montreal crowd and style than Toronto. Toronto is nice but Montreal to me is great! Montreal's people inspire great art. Toronto is a business city I grew up there as a teenager so I know the good and the bad. Everytime I go to montreal I feel like I've found my home and feel very happy and in turn helps to create my kind of art. I know its long winded, but I just need a seed of hope of maintaining a decent job.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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If your heart is set on moving here I'd say master your French before coming to Montreal. Without French your job opportunities will be limited.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:42 PM
 
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That's quite a career change to go from CA to barista/artist, I wish you good luck I assume you no longer want to live that life as you should easily get a job with that designation even with so-so French skills, jobs which would obviously pay much better than those you listed (I don't know about stripper or prayer).
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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That's quite a career change to go from CA to barista/artist, I wish you good luck I assume you no longer want to live that life as you should easily get a job with that designation even with so-so French skills, jobs which would obviously pay much better than those you listed (I don't know about stripper or prayer).
This is true. There are many small primarily English language accounting firms. My parents are CAs and have a partnership together and of course speak French to communicate with outside parties, but the majority of the clients are English as is the majority of communication within the office. She could probably make as much money working flatout in tax season at a place like that then all year part time as a barista. Sure, you need to pass a French exam to get licensed to practice accounting in Quebec, but at the very least she could get work as an overqualified, highly skilled bookkeeper.
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