WORK IN CANADA
Everything about working in Canada: Foreign Students and Professionals
Live, work and study in Canada
As a foreigner in Canada, you may be wondering what are your alternatives to work here. Especially, if you came to learn the language, you have already mastered it and you would like to have new opportunities.
Also, if you have been living in Canada for a while, you may know the importance of having everything in order before venturing out to look for a job.
That’s why we want to help you discover how you can work in Canada, what types of permits exist, how to find your first job, and much more. Shall we start?
How to get a work permit in Canada
This is mainly because the Canadian Government and Businesses recognize high education and are looking for people trained in key areas that will contribute to their economic growth.
For instance, programs and permits have been created to make it easier for Foreign Students and Professionals to work if they are studying an academic program in Canada.
So, there are several programs that you can study in Canada to obtain a work permit such as:
Types of work permits
- Open Work Permit: authorizes you to work with any employer for a specified period.
- Work Permit specific from the employer: authorizes you to work only for the employer who has decided to hire you. This is a permit that you obtain when you have very specific skills required by a specific company.
Student work permit
Student work permits authorize you to work 20 hours a week during academic periods and 40 hours a week during holidays.
This is a great way to cover your basic living expenses. Many international students also take advantage of this income to visit tourist places in Canada.
Post-graduation work permit
Applying to the Post-graduation Work Permit is an excellent option for those seeking work experience in a Canadian Company, and for those who wish to settle permanently in the country.
To obtain this permit, you must complete a program with a duration between 8 months and 2 years at a Public college in Canada. Thus, you will be authorized to work for a time equal to the duration of your program.
Work permit for couples
The work permit for couples is designed so families can live in Canada and cover their expenses. To obtain it, you must enter a study program at a public college, in this way your partner can apply for a visa and obtain a full time work permit in Canada while you study.
Tips for finding your first job in Canada
As soon as you obtain your work permit, you will have a new challenge: finding your first job in Canada. Therefore, we have decided to share some tips that we hope will be helpful in this process.
1. Prepare your CV in the Canadian format
A common mistake is to believe that less formal jobs do not require a. In this country you must present your CV for any job and you will even have an interview, no matter if it is to work as a waiter or in an office position.
Therefore, our advice is that you start meeting people from your first day in Canada. You can do all kinds of activities to meet new people, attend events or frequent places that allow you to build relationships.
3. Use digital platforms
You can also take advantage of social networks. On Facebook you will find job groups in Canada and on LinkedIn you can translate your profile into English and find offers in different companies.
In addition, it is an ideal scenario to meet Canadians and to meet new people. As we discussed before, this will be of great help in your search for job opportunities.
5. Keep a good attitude
Jobs in Canada for International Students
First of all, you should know that in Canada the minimum wage varies according to the province, its range is between 11 CAD and 15 CAD per hour. Although, it is common to find student jobs which are hourly paid between CAD $18 and CAD $24.
Here are some jobs you might consider:
- Sales Associate
- Dog walker
- Translator or interpreter
As an international student, covering your living expenses may seem like a big challenge, but having one of these jobs will go a long way.
Jobs for foreign professionals
At this point, you may already know that in Canada there is a high demand for some key professions in demand, here we introduce you to the most popular professions:
- Project Manager
- Financial Analyst
- Human resources Manager
- Business Administrators
- Marketing Professionals
These are just a few of the many jobs in Canada for professionals.
Remember that these are positions for which it is highly rewarded to have an academic education in Canada that complements the knowledge acquired in your home country.
Remember that the most important aspect when working in Canada is to have everything in order, obtain the work permit that best suits you according to your situation. If you already have this permit, get ready for your job search with all the advice we have shared with you.
Many international students who come to this incredible country are encouraged to complement their professional experience by working in Canada. Do you want to be one of them? Take the next step!