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.
Steps to Success - Recommendations for students:
Year 1 - EXPLORE & PLAN:
Year 2 - GAIN EXPERIENCE, BUILD SKILLS:
Years 3 | 4 - ENGAGE WITH INDUSTRY:
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.
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:
Information on work while/after you study is available online at:
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:
For more information on co-operative education options, click here.