[h2]Graduate jobs applications and interview process tips (Work Permit: A list of companies offering graduate sponsorships, work permit etc.)[/h2]
Studying in Canada can be a great experience for anyone, especially those who choose to further their studies by choosing a master’s or doctoral study program. The cost of living and study expenses, however, can weigh students down and become a hindrance in their path to higher learning. That is why it is a good idea to search for jobs that will help ease this burden as well as benefit them in their field of study.
Students can apply for scholarships or awards which provide funding for their education. There are also co-op programs or internship programs which basically mean students give the organization work services in return for a small salary (if applicable) and valuable work experience.
Getting a job while studying can be tricky. There are several factors to consider such as how to juggle school schedule with work schedule, and family or extra-curricular activities, if any exist. Students must have a valid study permit which means they are full-time students and must also obtain a work permit which allows them to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic months and up to 40 hours per week during holidays and festivals. A big step in the right direction is realistic planning and careful organizational skills. These will help out considerably.
There are many companies and organizations that provide work opportunities to graduate students. For example, Stantec, a global design firm is always posting openings and seeking employees via its Student Lounge Career Center. You can find a long list of prospective employees at Prospects (http://www.prospects.ac.uk/graduate_employers.htm). This site also filters your search by job sectors, salary preferences, and past work experiences. There are also tips on how to do well on your job interview, how to successfully write your CV and cover letters, and a lot more.
Once you have picked several suitable work places to which you can apply, arrange for an interview. The best way to do well on a job interview is to do a little bit of background research on the company or organization you are applying to. This will show the interviewer that you are well prepared and understand what is required of you as well as of them. Also, being aware of your skills and competences works wonders. Confidence shines through and shows the interviewer that you know where you are headed as well as how to get there. Even if there have been work-related mistakes or mishaps in the past, be ready to discuss them and the actions taken and the results reached.
Internships and work placements for students. (Companies that offer internships and student placement programmes)
An internship is a great way for students to get hands-on training while studying and completing their education. Interns can be college students, high school students, and post-graduate students. They may be paid or unpaid, either way, it is understood that internships are temporary positions. The basic need for internships in the work field is the exchange of service for experience. in other words, the student gives the organization certain services which are agreed upon and in return, the organization grants the student work experience which will benefit the student once he or she begins regular employment.
In Canada, internships are known as co-op (co-operative) programs. These programs are highly competitive and students are required to submit an application. Students who wish to apply must do so via their university or school. Prospective employers post their available internships and placement programs (or co-op programs) in schools and universities in an effort to get as many potential students as possible. These programs ensure that the employers get a cost-efficient way to get work accomplished in their companies while interns obtain relevant work experience that will indubitably enhance their studies and, once they have graduated, their resumes.
In an effort to ease the search process and bridge the gap between students looking for work experience and companies seeking interns, Global Placement (www.globalplacement.com) has taken it upon itself to do all the hard work so that students and organizations do not have to. There are tips on how to write your application for admittance into the co-op program, and also how to create a winning resume or CV, and how to look and sound professional and competent in your job interview.
The site also provides an analysis of your personal profile. And to top it off, there is a worldwide company directory from which students can search for a suitable internship and co-op program. There are 12 types of internships to choose from as well as a long list of countries from all over the globe to guarantee you find the most suitable internship for you in the country of your choice – all with the click of a mouse!
Also, Connect Canada (https://www.connectcanadainternships.ca/home.htm) links companies in Canada with graduate and post-graduate students. No matter where you are in Canada, this program will offer you suitable internships and co-op programs from which to choose. The main focus of Connect Canada is on research and development, and placements are provided for students all across the country of Canada.