Career Planning for International Students

Career Planning for International Students

August 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Career transitions can be a very challenging time for international students and newcomers in Canada Language barriers, as well as unfamiliarity with the workplace culture in Canada can be a very, very difficult thing to navigate through And it is very important that you prepare yourself for these transitions We’ve actually curated a set of resources to help you do just that Whether you’re returning home or going to another country, it is important that you articulate your skills in a way that fits and speaks to your employer’s needs When you’re returning home, it’s also a good idea to consider connecting with alumni from your university or professionals in your areas of expertise in your home country and your region in order to establish that professional network Something that a lot of international students don’t really think about or consider is this idea of re-entry shock You’ve lived in Canada for an extended period of time and when you’re going home, it can be a challenging transition So, a suggestion that we have for you is to make sure that you’re reconnecting with old friends establishing new connections and new professional networks in your home country That should help with your transition as well For international students who are staying in Canada it is very important that you learn about the Canadian workplace culture Things such as how people communicate with each other interact with each other as well as different management styles These things can look very different in Canada as compared to your home culture A great way to learn about Canadian workplace culture is actually through networking Making sure that you have a solid peer-support system as well as employing strategies such as informational interviews can really help you broaden that network and learn more about what it’s like to work in Canada Employers in Canada are really interested in how your skill sets translate into their workplace And very often, they’re focusing in on what kind of work experiences or volunteering experiences you have in Canada So make sure you start planning early and start gaining these experiences early even when you’re in school Newcomers in Canada actually face a lot of similar challenges to international students where job search is concerned Very often, these challenges are around adapting to Canadian workplace culture as well as understanding the commonplace job search practices Newcomers to Canada should really think about proactively looking for tips around resume writing interview preparation as well as proactively networking in order to establish that professional network to help them gain more experiences, as well as knowledge about the workplace in an informal setting