Working in Canada
Getting a work permit is your first step in your job search. To find information on how to secure a work permit, check work permits for students on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website or go to the Office of Intercultural Affairs for more information on the application process and different permits you may need.
For many different types of work, you may not actually need a work permit. CIC has a full list of positions where a work permit is not required.
Immigrating to Canada Post Graduation
Becoming Canadian: Canadian Experience Class Students produced by the Government of Canada, can provide you with information on the application process and the forms required to immigrate to Canada.
The Canadian Job Search Process
If you are planning to stay in Canada, it is important to gain Canadian work experience. We recommend finding opportunities starting in your first year. Look for, or create positions through volunteering, internships or co-operative education.
Companies start seeking graduates for full time employment upon graduation early in the fall semester. Plan to get your employment documentation and work permit in order early and check Recruit Guelph often for opportunities.
Labour market research is essential in locating opportunities and understanding trends in employment throughout Canada. The Government of Canada has developed Working in Canada to provide you with invaluable information about labour market trends, educational requirements and salary reports.
Barriers to Employment
The main barriers for international students obtaining jobs in Canada are:
Foreign Credential Recognition - WES and ICAS are two well known organizations that offer credential assessments. For more information on obtaining foreign credential recognition, contact the Foreign Credentials Referral Office.
Language Skills - Being fluent not only encompasses the technical skills to be able to read, write or speak a language, but also the cultural knowledge to understand phrases or expressions that may be unique to the culture of Canada. You have many opportunities while studying to learn these important skills. Join a student club, sit on committees, get involved in the community and develop friendships with native speaking English or French students. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become with the use of your language skills
Lack of Canadian Work Experience - Consider working in a related job in your field so that you can continue to learn about your profession or industry. Be prepared to accept entry level positions in the field of choice, so that you can establish yourself in Canada.
Marketing Youself to Employers
You are in a position to offer employers unique skills and abilities that will be beneficial to their workplace. Some of these include:
- Cross cultural awareness
- Multi-lingual abilities
- Broadened perspectives
- Knowledge of international aspects of specific field of work
When speaking with employers or developing your resume or cover letter, speak about these diverse skills and your value beyond your credentials. Show how the skills you bring can help the company achieve its goals.
Drop by our office, Building #54 (North of Rozanski Hall) during the following times to meet with a Career Advisor or Peer Helper
Drop-in schedule for the 2018 Winter Semester
*Effective Monday January 8th, 2018
Mondays 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Tuesdays 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Wednesdays 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Thursdays 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
Fridays 9:00am- 12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm
NEW Accessibility Services Drop-in Sessions - Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:00pm. Click here for more information.
Please note that the drop-in schedule is subject to change. For a list of schedule changes, please visit our "Featured News" section of our website, or click here.
Note to Alumni: All alumni need to register for services through the Co-op & Career Services website in order to be able to access CECS services. Click here to register for an account. Drop-in sessions are not available for alumni that have graduated more than 12 months ago. These alumni are invited to phone our reception desk at x 52323 to book an appointment with a Career Advisor.
Co-op & Career Services offers students individual sessions with one of our professional Career Advisors. They meet with individuals for a wide variety of career-related concerns such as career indecision, self-assessment and further education planning.
- Career Advising appointments are free for registered students
- Appointments are 30 minutes
- Each appointment is catered to the individual student's needs
- Appointments with Career Advisors are available during the drop-in times listed below
- Educational requirements for various careers
Our fully trained and supervised Peer Helpers can assist students with the following:
- Resume critiques
- Cover letter critiques
- Mock Interviews (interview bookings require 48 hours notice)
To book a mock interview with a Peer Helper, login to Recruit Guelph, click on "Career" and select "Peer Appointments". If you require assistance with booking a Peer Helper mock interview in Recruit Guelph, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Mock interviews with a Peer Helper are for undergraduate students in preparation for job interviews. Graduate students and those looking for help preparing for interviews related to further education can attend a drop-in session with a Career Advisor ro request a scheduled mock interview.
Drop-in session FAQ