International students graduating in Canada have a lot of excellent life and employment opportunities. If you are planning to stay and begin a career in Canada after you graduate, you need to consider a few things. So read this article to find out more.

Canada recognizes that foreign students can significantly contribute to its economy; this is why the IRCC offers a variety of opportunities for international graduates to remain in the country. After all, Canada boasts one of the world’s strongest and most diverse economies and building your career here means a promising future.

 

when you study

As you devote yourself to studies, it is also important to keep thinking about life after graduation. Make proactive steps to secure a job you want in Canada.

Networking

The network is very important in the Canadian job market. Many graduates find employment through friends, and employers are often likely to hire someone based on a recommendation from a person they know and trust. Some jobs are never posted, as employers already know who they want to hire through their network.

The idea is to increase your opportunities and stay connected with the people you meet. Time from time get in touch with your lecturers and teaching assistants after you complete their classes and e-mail anyone you meet at an event. If you undertake an internship or volunteer opportunity as part of your study program, don’t lose them out of your sight– they will remember your achievements during your placement, and you could be the first candidate when an opportunity opens up.

If you are planning to attend a larger event or conference, it’s better if you have a business card. There are many companies out there that can help you make professional-looking business cards at affordable prices. Offering a business card to people you meet will make you seem professional, and gives them the chance to reach out to you easily later. Don’t hesitate to ask for their business cards as well.

Career Centers

Most universities and colleges in Canada have a career center to provide students with helpful advice on the Canadian job market, opportunities within your occupation, and so forth. These centers usually can connect with companies who are in search of graduates in your specialization, or they can refer you to a mentor or find an internship opportunity. If you need answers about a career in Canada or the job market, the career center may help you out.

Find an adviser

An adviser or a mentor is an individual with experience in your specialization who can give you a tip about reaching a goal in the career in Canada that you are most interested in. This person may be an older student, a professor or lecturer, a family friend, someone you meet at a conference or career event, a manager or anyone who is willing to talk to you about how you can achieve success in your career. Reaching out to people can be daunting, especially, if you are an introvert, but can’t go on without it.

Linkedin

When pursuing a career in Canada, it’s preferable that you connect to people via LinkedIn with a short, courteous message to inquire about working in a particular field. The person you are contacting may be willing to share their experience with a keen graduate looking for an opportunity.

Attend Events

University or college life is not constricted to your classes. Canada’s universities and colleges are centers of research, innovations, and teachings and they often hold and host conferences, events, workshops, and lectures by top professionals and academics from around the world. Students are encouraged to attend these events, and they can even avail of discounts on ticket prices if the event is not free. Main research universities in Canada, such as University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia and others, host major visiting speakers and internationally-recognized conferences. Students from other universities are usually allowed to attend these events anyway. And if you volunteer at one of the events, you can have more chances to meet people that can influence your career.

after  graduation

 

Most international students continue working through a Post-Graduation Work Permit which allows employment for up to three years.

Other options to find a job:

  • First, your institution is likely to have its own job postings website for students and graduates, and this is a great place to start as the employers who post on such sites are explicitly looking for recent graduates from your university or college;
  • The Solid Visa Job Board – listing of jobs across Canada;
  • Canadian employers usually use these websites: Monster, Indeed, and Craigslist. However, Craigslist is more popular for part-time and temporary or lower-paid jobs;  
  • Consider finding a job through job fairs in Canada. In fact, job fair attendance is far more effective than applying online. Job seekers have the opportunity to meet employers personally, hand out their resumes, introduce themselves, ask questions and make contacts. 
     

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