Career Advising for International Students
Are you an International Student who is graduating and looking for a full-time job? Or searching for part-time or summer employment while you are studying?
We are here to help you with any questions you might have, such as:
- How do I get started with the job search?
- Will I be able to get a job if I don’t have any Canadian work experience?
- Can I use my experience from abroad and will it be helpful in my job search?
- Can I get help with my resume, cover letter, or job interview preparation?
- How do I make the most of LinkedIn?
- How do I “network” if I don’t know anyone in my field?
- Will employers hire me if I am not a Canadian Citizen or have PR status?
Our Job Search Advisor supports International Students with their job search in workshops, 1:1 appointments, and drop-in advising. For general ‘Working in Canada’ information please click here.
Meet with the Job Search Advisor
- Drop-in Advising: https://quic.queensu.ca/events/
- 1:1 appointments can be booked through My Career, just select “Job Search Advising for International Students” as the appoinment type.
Job Search for International Students
Use your unique skill set and experience as an International Student and advance your career prospects by starting to prepare for your job search and enhancing your skills.
Common concerns of International Students related to job searching:
• Not having Canadian work experience
• Not having a network to rely on and work with
• Language barriers
• Cultural barriers
• Immigration status (no Canadian PR or Citizenship and fear of effect on work prospects)
International students and graduates might face barriers in their search for employment that domestic students do not experience in a similar way. And yet, international students and graduates bring unique experiences, skill sets and language skills to the table that employers can benefit from. Our Job Search Advisor can support you in highlighting these advantages on your resume and cover letter, or discuss effective interview techniques with you to set you up for a successful transition into the workforce.
Studies show that only 49% of International Students gather Canadian work experience during their studies, compared to 86% of domestic Canadian students. Even though international work experience is highly valuable as well, many Canadian employers especially cherish domestic work experience when they hire new staff – which can mean that International Student face barriers when they apply for jobs without having such Canadian experience.
The key to overcome this is to start early so you can gain professional experience in Canada without being in a rush because you are approaching the end of your program! Whether you decide to volunteer a couple of hours a week, complete a summer internship, or decide to take on a part-time job beside your studies – gaining this experience in the Canadian labor market will be highly beneficial for your future career path and make the transition after your graduation easier. Starting early means that you have enough time to assess what your professional goals will look like, creating a rough plan on how you can achieve these goals, and mastering your resume and cover letter skills to show your fit to potential employers.
How can QUIC help me with finding a job?
Our Job Search Advisor works for QUIC and Career Services and can therefore help you with developing strategies for your job search and other career related questions – whether you are searching for a full-time or part-time job, an internship, or if you need support with your resume or interview preparation. You can also get information on services that Career Services offers and find out which workshops and appointments can help you achieve your professional goals.
Am I legally allowed to work in Canada?
The answer to this question depends on several factors. Our QUIC Working in Canada website might answer some of your questions. For more details and clarification, please see one of our Immigration Advisors.
Can I get advice regarding my work permit or PGWP from the Job Search Advisor?
For questions related to immigration topics, such as work and study permits, please meet with our RISIA certified advisors during our Drop-in Advising who are able to help you with all of your immigration-related questions and concerns.
Where can I find all workshops and appointments that will help me with my job search?
What other resources can I access?
We have a number of resources available that can give you an overview and assist you. For resume support and to get started, have a look at our Best Resumes Magazine.
For support with your Cover Letter, our Best Cover Letters Magazine might be helpful for you.
If you need more help with your interview preparation, have a look at our Best Interviews Magazine.
For more information have a look at our Tip sheets page, where you can find useful advice on Medical and Law School applications, CVs, Dress Codes, Personal Statements, Summer Job Search and Career Fair Success, and much more!