Joanna Mathisen has wanted to be a doctor for most of her life. But unlike many Canadians, she decided to attend medical school abroad. Joanna is currently in her second year at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
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.