Tips to study and work in Canada

by Basma Ihmaidan
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Would you like to study and work in Canada? It is important to consider different aspects for you to reach your goals. Please continue reading about some tips that we have prepared for you.

The first thing you need to know as an International Student is that in order to work in Canada, you must be enrolled in a career program in either a Public or Private Education Institution.

Tips to study in Canada

Setting your objectives, defining your budget and finding an Education Institution are the first steps you must follow to study in Canada.

Tip 1- Set your goals and budget

Setting your goals is very important to succeed in Canada, and even more if you are a foreign Professional.

The first thing you should consider is the budget you have to live in Canada, also the money you have established to be invested in your education.

Remember that by being enrolled in a higher education program either in a Public or Private College, you are going to be able to work Part-time.

Some of the questions you should ask yourself while studying in Canada are:

  • ¿Do I want to improve my professional skills?
  • ¿Do I want to enjoy the quality of life in the country while I finish my studies?
  • ¿Do I project myself in Canada at a professional level living in this country?

We may continue asking very important questions, but only you know the main purpose of what you came to do in Canada.

Tip 2 – Get to know the types of Education Institutions in Canada

In Canada, there are different types of educational institutions where you can study your career programs. Deciding where to study may be a complicated task.

All the Educational institutions in Canada either Public or Private, are recognized for their academic excellence. However, it is important to consider some details because they can influence the goals you want to achieve.

Public Institutions

Canadian Public Institutions offer excellent academic and professional quality and a wide variety of academic programs for the students.

Public Education in Canada is funded by several Government institutions, such as provincial, territorial and federal governments. However, these institutions also get funds throughout student’s tuition and private funding.

For citizens and permanent residents, tuition in these institutions is less expensive than in private institutions. For an international student, studying in a Public Institution may be more expensive than studying in a private school.

Private Institutions

Unlike Public education, Private institutions don’t receive funds from government sources, instead, they receive funds through investments groups and tuition from students.

Another important point is that Canadian Private Institutions don’t have study programs as wide as the public institutions.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find an interesting offer of courses and careers.

In fact, many students find interesting programs for their vocational training.

Private Institutions have an excellent academic quality; they are also regulated and monitored by Provincial and Federal Canadian entities to ensure they accomplish their mission of training highly qualified professionals.

Which is right for you, a Public or Private Institution?

The admission Process in a University or a Public Institution may be very challenging; most of them have Provincial admission requirements as well as some other specific requirements for every institution. Local students have priority over international students, therefore the available seats for International Students are very limited.

However, one of the greatest advantages for International Students is that by sharing with native students, their English will improve considerably.

In a private institution, you may find a greater nationality mix. Also, professors from those institutions work under a philosophy that helps students to reach their higher performance. They are available to anyone who wants to learn, regardless if they are in class or not.

Tips to work in Canada

We recommend building a close Canadian friends network, this will definitely help you when the time to find a job comes. It could be said that close influences play an important role while looking for a job in Canada.

If you are studying in either a Public or Private education institution, you will have the possibility to find a part-time job(20 hours per week). This way and if you have good saving habits, you will be able to afford your expenses and contribute to your professional career tuition.

Learn about some tips that we have prepared to help you find a job in Canada.

Tip 1 – Make a plan

First, you must make a plan and be aware of your skills to know how to take advantage of them. You may be able to work at the same College or University you are studying at in any other off-campus business.

Everything will depend on your time availability and personal aspirations. ¿How much would you like to earn and what would you like to achieve in the short and long run?

Tip 2 – Expand your network of professional contacts in Canada

Another important aspect while looking for job opportunities is your contacts network in Canada.

If you are in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, etc, try to connect with people related to your professional field. Some of them might have enough experience and their advice may be valuable for your job search.

  • Use LinkedIn to connect with other professionals in your city
  • Make a good relationship with your teachers
  • Take advantage of your friends’ contacts network
  • Attend to events to connect with more people

Tip 3 – Talk to your friends

Talking with your friends may increase the chances of getting a new job. Many of them may have a job so they can let you know of any open position in the company they work at.

Tip 4 – Volunteer

This practice consists of a selfless and altruistic initiative of a group of people (volunteers), who without receiving any economic compensation decide to contribute to the community.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics of Canada, about “47% of Canadians over 15 years old have done some volunteering”. This clearly shows the collaborative culture of Canadians.

Most Canadians do volunteer activities in cities like Montreal, Quebec or Vancouver since these cities offer a wide variety of opportunities.

This helps very much to those newcomers that want to learn more about the culture and the language, also it will help you improve your resume. International students, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to extend their contacts network.

Tip 5 – Beneficios de hacer un voluntariado en Canadá

When you are a newcomer, it is very common to make friends and to interact with other people. Volunteering is the best opportunity to integrate yourself with the community, get to know new friends, practice the language and get to know different cultures.

Companies in Canada give importance to the fact that their workers are enrolled or have been enrolled in a volunteer program. If you do not have much working experience in this country, having done any volunteering would be as valuable as having working experience, a very important fact if you want to get a job.

If you are interested in finding good volunteer programs near you, it is recommended to look up for this information on web pages like:

These are very helpful and well-ranked pages for this purpose.

Tip 6 – Organiza tu búsqueda de empleo en Canadá

If you are looking for a job, you must manage your time properly. Writing your goals and objectives in a visible place will motivate you.

Do a follow up on your job applications with a simple spreadsheet or a notepad file.

Another important aspect that you must consider during your job search, is searching through specialized web pages such as, o

They are incredibly helpful!

Tip 7 – Optimize your LinkedIn profile

Nowadays there are many professionals that already have their LinkedIn profile. This social network is focused on connecting companies and professionals.

While in Canada you must improve your profile since you can’t have your profile in your native language (if it is not English or French). This way you will increase your visibility and other professionals may be interested in connecting with you.

In addition, you should know how to take full advantage of LinkedIn features to set your profile properly so it can attract job offers. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date is a small detail that makes a difference.

Ask for recommendations, have certificates, demonstrate that you have a good resume. LinkedIn is a social network that can help you get a job in Canada.


It is very important to be prepared to look up for schools, job offers and specialized volunteering websites.

Also, you must set a budget to invest in your education and ask your friends or colleagues about job opportunities.

As you have seen, technology, internet and your social network play an important role for international students to make their lives easier while in Canada trying to find a balance between work and studies. These elements mark a turning point for someone’s life who lives in this country.

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