“Your talent is a seed; cultivate it, and in no time, you will harvest successMatshona Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean philosopher

Oh, Canada! One of the top destinations for Study Abroad students from Africa. There are university options to study in French, as well as English. And Canada has wonderful post-graduation work opportunities. Here, we list the seven ways that studying in Canada can help your career.

Language skills

Studying abroad helps you to gain new language skills. Being bilingual is fantastic, and an added advantage when looking for a job. Most companies with an international presence often do not look for candidates who can speak fluently in more than one language.

Build meaningful work/business relationships

Studying abroad can be your gateway to acquiring new friends from around the globe. Maintaining such friendships could work in your favor in the future. Some of those friendships could turn into future employers, work colleagues, or even business partners.

More Career Opportunities

Studying abroad could present more job opportunities in your chosen field of study. In case you are interested in fashion, moving to cities like Toronto or Vancouver could be your best shot at more job opportunities because such towns are known to be popular fashion hubs.

Better Communication Skills

Studying abroad could help improve your communication skills. Whether in your language or foreign language, moving abroad to study will expose you to people from different parts of the world. You will learn to communicate confidently and to co-exist with people- In university, you will do presentations in public. With time you will learn to express yourself freely in front of your classmates, and with time, you will hone your communication skills. Most employers seek candidates who can communicate and express themselves confidently. This crucial skill will improve your chances of landing new jobs.

Become Independent

Moving to study abroad will help you become more independent. It is nothing like what you were used to before when your parents did everything for you.  When living alone, you will learn to do things like registering your courses, paying your bills, renewing your visa, or even moving around town independently. Independence is a crucial skill in your career. You will be able to execute tasks on your own from start to finish. You will be required to work on your own, and this is a skill that’s most sought after by potential employers.

Gain More Financial Management Skills

Studying abroad will make you independent and equip you to develop a vital skill in financial management. Most students get jobs to be able to pay their bills. You will do better planning with such jobs unlike before when you could spend on parties and shopping. Studying abroad requires a different level of budgeting. Being a great financial manager will also translate to your career. You will be able to take care of your income and not waste it on unnecessary things.

More Attractive Resume

Studying abroad could show potential employers that you are more open to new situations. It takes strength and resilience to decide to study abroad. This skill gained while studying abroad could work to improve your chances of getting a job.  Studying abroad presents challenges like learning to adapt to a new environment and co-existing with different people. The skills acquired will make your resume seem more attractive to many employers seeking people who can work independently and are great team players. Working on and off-campus is allowed for international students. During the academic year for up to 20 hours per week, and up to 40 hours during vacation periods. Your degree may also include internship or work placements.  The following criteria must be met for an off-campus job:
  • Full-time student with a valid study permit
  • A social insurance number (SIN)
  • Study at a designated learning institution (DLI) or, in Quebec, you must study in a vocational programme
  • You must study an academic, vocational or professional training programme that finishes in a degree, a diploma or a certificate
  • If you work on-campus, you don’t need a work permit or a social insurance number (SIN), – it may also be possible to work more than 20 hours per week.  
There are lots of types of jobs available to students in Canada, both during term and holiday time. Here are some of the options and the typical hourly rates:
  • Human resources assistant: 13 CAD
  • Painter: 13 CAD
  • Festival coordinator: 10 CAD
  • Kitchen staff: 13 CAD
  • Summer camp worker: 14 CAD
  • Lifeguard at a public swimming pool: 12 CAD
  • Customer service assistant in a call center: 11 CAD
  • Office assistant: 14 CAD
  • Classroom assistant: 13 CAD
It is important to remember that even if you plan to work while studying in Canada, you will still need to demonstrate sufficient finances when you apply for a study permit. You are required to prove you are financially capable of supporting yourself throughout your studies without working. Future earnings will not suffice when demonstrating financial capacity, so the fact that you may plan to work while studying in Canada will not meet the requirement of demonstrating financial capability before arrival.