Arjun originally signed up to our Rockies programme in 2005 as a Oyster participant after completing a degree in the UK. After a 6 month stay he decided he did not want to leave the beautiful rocky mountains and has remained there ever since. He is now a Canadian Citizen, happily married with a son and works as Front Office Manager of a hotel in downtown Banff.
1. How did you become an Oyster representative?
After university a good friend of mine, Mark Shirt who was an Oyster candidate in Whistler, told me about how good of an experience it was so I decided to give it a go and that was almost 9 years ago. I stayed on to get my residency and after our old HR gal Jen Rolhoff left the company she wondered if I would be interested in assuming the role, which I was having gone through the process myself.
2. What does your role involve?
As far as my role goes- so far it has been picking up the candidates and sorting them out with everything they need to work in Canada such as bank accounts and SIN numbers. Also answering any and all questions about the area as well as passing on some tips for what to expect with working in Canada. I also have to liaise with the employers to follow up on work ethics of the candidates and make sure there are no problems or issues. When the next group arrive I know I will also have to find them employment in suitable and reputable locations that will challenge and keep them motivated for their working holiday.
3. What are the highlights of being an Oyster representative?
So far there have not been any real highlights besides meeting a dynamic group of individuals!
4.Why should people spend a season in the Rockies?
Hospitality in the Rockies gives applicants the experience of meeting people from all around the world, all working together and living in one of the most picturesque places in the world. The activities are year round from snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling in the winter to hiking, rafting and climbing in the summer.
5. What changes do you see in the Oyster participants during their time in the Rockies?
From personal and past experience the candidates get more and more independent and comfortable in their surroundings and travel further afield to explore the province and surrounding area.