Chapter 6: International Job Seekers & Job Seekers with Disabilities

International Students or Job Seekers

Are you an international student who is interested in finding employment while you study? Have you recently graduated from your program and are looking to continue residing in Canada and pursuing your career?

For an international student or job seeker, moving to a new country can be a very eye-opening and life-changing learning experience. You have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture while also sharing your culture with those around you. With a continually increasing presence of international students attending Algonquin College each year, Canadian students gain a broader understanding of the world as a result. The social and cultural perspectives of international students enrich the post-secondary experiences of learners by promoting the diversification of thought. Furthermore, international students and job seekers bring a wealth of benefits to the Canadian job market as they inspire a heightened sense of intercultural awareness, open-mindedness, innovation, and more global perspectives.

Beyond the benefits mentioned above, adjusting to life in a new country can be quite challenging. Once you add studying and finding work on top of that, it’s completely understandable that you may start to feel overwhelmed. As an international student or job seeker, it is essential to understand and adapt to the major differences in the Canadian job search process in order to be successful in pursuing, maintaining, and managing your career and employment success. In this section, you will gain a better understanding of cultural adjustment, common cultural differences in communication and behaviours, as well as what to expect in the Canadian workplace and job search process.


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Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads Copyright © 2021 by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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