What’s next for the Class of 2017?
Canada Study News would like to wish big congratulations to all the students graduating this week! This is the time to recognize years of hard work, as students across Canada collect their diplomas and degrees. In all the excitement, thinking about the next steps can seem less important. However, it is crucial for international students to stay informed about their options for working and staying in Canada after graduation.
Post-Graduation Work Permits
This may be the first thing that comes to mind for many international graduates who want to stay in Canada and work. The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is an open work permit available to eligible international graduates, that allows the holder to work anywhere in Canada for up to three years. A job offer is not required, and the holder does not have to work in a skilled occupation — an international graduate with a PGWP can work for any employer, at any skill level.
The PGWP is a popular way for graduates to remain in Canada and work during the processing of an application for Canadian permanent residence. Even if a graduate does not intend to immigrate permanently, the PGWP is a valuable opportunity to gain work experience in Canada.
Finding a job in Canada
Once you have a PGWP, what next? Beginning the job search can be intimidating, but it’s an exciting opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and launch your career.
The best place to start is within your own network. Ask your professors and instructors if they know of any positions open. Check your institution’s career services center or website. Ask around among friends and family — you never know who might be your lead to that golden opportunity. It’s important to realize that the first job open to you may not be perfect, but all work experience will benefit your CV, and help you decide which path you want to take.
Immigrate to Canada
Perhaps your end goal is to remain in Canada permanently. International graduates are highly sought-after in Canadian immigration programs, at the provincial and federal level. The Canadian government recognizes that international graduates have the skills and experience to settle successfully in Canada, and various immigration programs target international graduates specifically.
Pursuing further studies
Perhaps your study program was the first step in a longer trajectory to gain qualifications and experience through higher education. If you’re planning on pursuing further study programs after graduation, try the Canada Visa School Search tool to find your next institution and study program. Recently updated for 2017, with profiles of more than 160 colleges and universities across Canada, make the Canada Visa School Search the first stop in your search.