Canada is one of the most developed countries in the world, with a high standard of living and a large contingent of international students. As a result, studying in this country is considered one of the most prestigious and, at the same time, affordable. The education system in Canadian universities is equated to the British level, but is much cheaper.
Thus, higher education in Canada allows one to get a prestigious diploma, spend less money on studying abroad, and offer many job opportunities.
Every year, more than 350 thousand students from different parts of the world study in Canada. The multicultural situation in the country allows students of different nationalities, regardless of social level and status, to feel comfortable and get higher education in universities, schools, and colleges. In addition, applicants are attracted by the opportunities, high quality of Canadian education, relatively low tuition fees, and good prospects to build their careers in this country.
Studying in Canada opens promising prospects for future employment. After studying at any university, graduates can get a work visa for three years. All students have the opportunity to study and work at the same time, starting from the first year of study.
Students from India need to know that there are several types of work while studying at a university or college in Canada. Please note that students whose course duration is less than six months cannot work and look simultaneously. So, what are the job opportunities for Indian students?
Students have the right to work on the campus of the university or college where they study. In this case, no additional work permit is required. You can work on campus if:
- You are a full-time student at a public post-secondary institution such as a college or university or a college d'enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) in the province of Quebec
- You are a student at a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and with the same courses as a public post-secondary institution and receives a subsidy of 50% of its total profits from the government for the development of education.
- You are a student of a private post-secondary institution accredited by the province.
You are eligible to work on campus only if you have a valid student visa - Student Permit.
Based on a Student Permit, candidates who study at colleges and universities in Canada have the right to work 20 hours per week while looking off-campus and full-time during the holidays. Therefore, they can apply for an additional work permit following the new rules for international students from June 1, 2014.
Requirements for a student to work off campus:
- Valid study permit
- Full-time student
- You must be studying at an educational institution registered by the Government of Canada: a designated learning institution
- The duration of the program of study must be at least six months, and the program must lead to a professional diploma, certificate, bachelor's or master's degree.
These rules do not apply to those students whose study permit has expired.
Many Canadian colleges and universities programs include an internship option - work experience. The purpose of the training is to allow the student to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom directly in practice, in the actual working conditions of companies.
For the internship, Indian students must obtain a study permit and a work permit.
To obtain a work permit, the student must meet the following requirements:
- The student must have a valid study permit;
- The work must be part of the study program;
- The employment must be part of an academic or professional program and provided by Canadian government-registered designated learning institutions;
- The duration of the internship or practicum must be no more than 50% of the total academic program;
According to the rules, a student is not eligible to work if their program is an English or French language course or a preparatory program that does not lead to a diploma or certificate.
Students who plan to pursue higher education in Canada or undergo a training program lasting more than six months must obtain a student visa, Study Permit, to study and reside in Canada during the study.
A study permit is an official document issued by the Government of Canada that allows you to receive education in this country. This document also gives you the right to reside in Canada for 1 to 4 years.
Obtaining a student visa is lengthy and can take from 60 days to 3 months. Therefore, we always recommend students apply as early as possible.
To receive an education in Canada, you need to meet specific requirements and prepare certain documents. You must receive a letter of admission to a program of study from a Canadian Government recognized educational institution. In addition, the university or college must have a Designated Institution Number.
You can apply for a student visa at the Embassy of Canada. Fill in the application form, supplementing it with documents confirming your identity, financial support, and motivation letter.
After the embassy has reviewed your documents, you will be referred for a medical examination. Your health must be satisfactory to study and stay in Canada. Remember: you must convince (with the documents provided) the embassy and the visa officer that you will return to your country of residence after the end of the program.
What are the job opportunities in Canada for Indian students? About half of Canada's manufacturers are experiencing labor shortages as many skilled workers approach retirement age, while young people choose post-secondary education over vocational training. This means many opportunities for welders, fitters, machinists, industrial painters, and mechanics. Where there are offices, there is a demand for office managers and administrative assistants who can multitask.
The most in-demand jobs relate to accounting practices in payroll or organizational expenses.
There are many workers in the tourism and hospitality industry, but there are many more vacancies. These are mainly maids and technical staff. The tourism and hotel industry is constantly looking for qualified managers. They also include chefs and managers of restaurants and catering establishments, who can find vacancies across Canada.
Due to the sheer size of Canada and the growth of e-commerce, people who can organize the storage, transportation, and delivery of goods across the country are in high demand.
These include warehouse workers, forklift operators, order processing managers, logisticians, specialists in engineering, and warehouse managers. Most vacancies are concentrated in Central and Western Canada.
Nurse Registrars are among those most in demand in the healthcare field. Like most healthcare jobs, the public sector is its largest employer. Healthcare is still sought-after, with many vacancies for doctors and dentists. Again, most of these jobs are in the public sector.
In Canada, students can work on promotions in cosmetic or food companies. The salary will be higher than the minimum and about 20–30 dollars per hour. If a student does not have a work permit while studying, he can always work freelance as a developer or author. The main thing is to have the necessary skills that may interest employers. The laws of Canada do not prohibit freelancing, so you can safely earn money with what you already know how to do.
Fun with pets and more good money is perfect for a flexible schedule. For example, a dog walker can charge $16 for an hour-long group walk and walk 3–5 dogs at a time, once a day and four days a week. However, the cost of private half-hour walks can go up to $20-25. But first, getting information about licensing and insurance laws in your province or territories is essential, as police officers hand out fines for violations.
Working in crowded places, you can earn perfect money as a talented bartender. You can make around $1000 working just three nights a week.
Also, you don't need much experience to work in university canteens, and it pays better than other restaurant jobs. The salary ranges from $15 to $30 per hour, and you can get free food and coffee.
Of course, this list is very approximate, as well as salaries. Moreover, their level can vary significantly depending on various factors in a market economy and business specifics. However, you can glean helpful information from it.
In conclusion, the student needs to take care in advance to find a full-fledged employer before the end of the training program. The employer must provide the student with documents for at least one year of work in the company. These contracts will be required when applying for PGWP (Post-Graduate Work Permit). Therefore, remember to look for permanent while working and studying.
In summary, there are many high-paying part-time jobs that students can take on to help pay for tuition and other expenses. Some of these positions may require minimal education or experience shown in your resume, while others may require more than a college degree. The job search may be difficult, but Canada is the best option to earn extra money while still studying!
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