Volunteer work can broaden and deepen your experience and provide skill development in a way that is often not possible or available to you elsewhere. We hear all the time about the challenges faced by those actively job hunting, particularly recent graduates: “I don’t have direct experience in the type of work I’m looking for, […]
Through AIESEC’s international exchange program, University of Calgary accounting student Irina Lipskaia found a teaching position in Kiev, Ukraine, teaching various levels of English to university students, businessmen and even young children at a summer camp.
Engineers Without Borders is a Canadian organization made up of passionate people who are tackling the complex challenges of development. EWB harnesses the skills and creativity of the Canadian engineering sector to find practical solutions to extreme poverty.
Alvaro Ipanaque had served leadership roles with AIESEC for five years before going on his first exchange. Coming from Lima, Peru, he came here to Calgary not for the weather, not for the skiing, not for the Stampede, but for the job opportunity.
It’s a tricky balance, but for those students who manage to use their ‘international student status’ to its full potential, it can lead to substantial career benefits later on. And it’s a learning process that can begin right from the start of your university experience – or, for some, even before.
In general, if you are: 1) a full-time international student, 2) registered at an officially authorized university or college, and 3) are in possession of a valid study permit, then you can qualify to legally work in Canada.
As an international student or recent grad hoping to break into the Canadian job scene for the first time, keep in mind that being different is okay, but you should still be prepared to be flexible and understand the unique traits that make Canadian work culture what it is.