At home, I helped my family by working with my father as a carpenter. When I arrived in the new place, my role within my family didn’t have the same importance. I decided to tell people about my skills as a carpenter, which gave me extra opportunities for my future that otherwise would not have been considered. Remembering what I am good at helped me feel important as a person in the new place where no-one knew me. I also tried to make people understand who I am and what I am good at. I noted that this helped people to look at me with different eyes and to value me as a member of the community. Being confident about what I can do and what I would like to achieve has opened new opportunities for me.

Value and share your personal experiences, skills, priorities and aspirations to open greater opportunities in the new country.