International Student Information

Career Planning Considerations

The career planning process will vary for each unique individual based on the career path they choose. Selecting the appropriate degree and major is done most effectively once students have an understanding of their options and have researched occupations. It's important to note that the representation of industries and jobs in Canada may be different from a student's home country, along with an occupation's scope of practice, salary, outlook and prestige. Knowing where one wants to live and work after graduation can be an important career planning factor for all students. International students should also be aware that citizenship or residency requirements are in place for some degree programs.

Plan for Career Success - Recommendations for students:

EXPLORE & PLAN:

  • View the course calendar to learn the program requirements for your degree program.
  • Participate in social activities and learn about Canadian culture. Volunteer on campus!
  • Research the industry and jobs you want to work in after graduation; ensure you are on the right degree track! If you are undecided about your career path and want to learn about options that suit you, meet with a Career Consultant.
  • Build your communication skills to aid your academic and career success.
  • Start to develop your Canadian resumé and learn how to write a cover letter.
  • Seek career planning advice from professionals in the field – meet a Career Mentor!

GAIN EXPERIENCE, BUILD SKILLS:

  • Build professional communication skills, career management abilities and a list of references (supervisors who can speak to your work ethic) through part-time employment and volunteering.
  • Consider registering for Co-op and explore opportunities to meet employers. Attend Career Fairs, networking events and employer info sessions. Learn about industry expectations!
  • Apply for summer jobs that provide industry exposure and career-related skills.

ENGAGE WITH INDUSTRY:

  • Work part-time and volunteer with the organizations or within the industry you’d like to be employed with after graduation.
  • Join professional and industry associations as a Student Member.
  • Polish your job search materials - resumé / CV and cover letter - and tailor them to your industry. 
  • If you plan to pursue Graduate Studies, build connections with professors and schools of interest.

Finding a Job in Canada

Finding work in Canada can be a difficult process for domestic and international students alike. Finding a career-related job after graduation is much easier if students have related experience and skills. This experience comes from working and volunteering while studying. Canadian employers want employees to possess the educational requirements to do the job, as well as related experience gained from working and volunteering.

Career Services can assist students looking to gain career-related experience. We can help you:

It is important for students to begin this process early in their university studies. Waiting until graduation puts students at a huge disadvantage. Competition is very strong for employment opportunities so candidates need to be highly qualified. Job applications often require students to provide a list of references, usually previous work or volunteer supervisors, who can speak to their skills and abilities.

Working & Volunteering in Canada

Effective June 1st, 2014 the Government of Canada introduced new legislation that affects all international students studying in Canada. It is very important for you to understand how these new laws will affect your ability to study at the University of Manitoba, work and/or volunteer on or off campus, and remain in Canada.

Information on the new regulations is available online at:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-changes.asp

Information on work while/after you study is available online at:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/index.asp

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/institutions/work-volunteer.asp

Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education Programs at the University of Manitoba provide students with the opportunity to combine practical paid work experiences with their education.

Some benefits for students include:

  • Work experience that will increase your employability after graduation
  • Earning competitive wages while applying classroom learning to real world situations

For more information on co-operative education options, click here.