The couple arrived in Montreal in 2014, with his wife attending Concordia University and Gaurav working to cover living expenses. Because Gaurav didn’t speak French, job opportunities were limited. He found some work at a call centre and a car wash, but it wasn’t enough.
After completing two semesters at Concordia, his wife transferred to the University of Calgary. The couple hoped it would be easier for them to find work in an English-speaking city. But initially, the move didn’t go as planned.
“The first two months I had no work, and the money was evaporating very quickly,” Gaurav says.
His wife was working at McDonald’s while attending school, and a colleague mentioned Gaurav should explore opportunities at Walmart.
Gaurav applied for and landed a job in asset protection at Walmart. He quickly worked his way up to more senior roles in logistics including Operations Supervisor, Operations Manager, and now, as the Assistant General Manager at our recently opened Rocky View County fulfillment centre.
He’s also used the opportunities at Walmart to help him achieve goals outside of work. While working at Walmart, Gaurav completed his Master of Engineering degree with the support of Walmart’s AdvancED program.
His experience at Walmart also helped him successfully apply for his permanent residency in Canada, and eventually, earn his Canadian citizenship in May 2022.
And in October 2022, Gaurav sponsored his parents and grandparents and brought them to Canada from India. They now live with his wife and two kids in Calgary.