Did you know that Canada has been ranked the number 1 country in the world for quality of life? Not only this, but Vancouver was voted 4th most popular city in the world!
So of course, many people want to know how to work and study in Canada, so they can enjoy everything that the Great White North has to offer!
What are the benefits of studying and working in Canada?
The best place to study and work in Canada
Many international students choose the City of Vancouver as their favourite place to work and study in Canada. And it is easy to understand why.
Vancouver is a multicultural city that welcomes more than 150,000 foreign students for work and study every year.
It has a perfect balance of work and life; with mountains and beaches, clubs and bars, and a growing demand for talented young professionals from all over the world.
Tech, Hospitality Management and Business Management are currently 3 of the top 5 most in-demand courses in Canada. With large multinational companies such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft building major offices in Downtown Vancouver, the demand for qualified and experienced international talent is growing… fast!
A popular way to start this journey is by studying and working as a co-op student in Canada. During a co-op program, you study at an approved institution, followed by work in a full-time, paid job, related to your area of study.
Is it easy to find a job in Canada?
That depends on you.
Opportunities are available here, and those who take advantage of them can achieve high rewards for their hard work.
Unemployment rates in British Columbia are the lowest in all of Canada, and in May 2019, 12,700 full time jobs and 4,400 part time jobs were added to the labor market. Employment rates for young adults are high.
We make sure that every student is prepared for finding a job in Canada. From the moment you start your course, you are taught by industry professionals who are passionate about sharing their important insight into your chosen industry. A co-op gives you valuable knowledge and practical experience that you can use in the workplace. We can also help you with how to get a SIN number and how to succeed in a Canadian job interview.
So, What is the Difference Between an Internship and a Co-op?
An internship is a short-term placement (8-12 weeks, usually). It could be paid or unpaid, part time or full time, depending on the company.
Generally, an internship will focus on only one area of the company such as human resources or marketing. You might be given a project to work on, with limited responsibilities.
A co-op is an agreement between the institution, the employer and you. A co-op provides full-time, paid work and can last between 4 – 12 months, at an off-campus placement.
There is more opportunity for training and development and to gain more responsibility within the company.
In most cases, the starting salary for a co-op placement is higher than for an internship. You should apply for a co-op permit, which will allow you to work and study in Canada. You can find out how to do that here: Government of Canada.
Do I have to stay in Vancouver?
No! There are opportunities everywhere. Cornerstone has seen students travel to Ontario, Northern BC and Vancouver Island for very successful job opportunities.
Can I work in Canada after graduation?
There are different options available to work in Canada after graduation. Sometimes, a co-op diploma can lead to permanently living in Canada. But it depends on your situation. You should visit the Government of Canada website for full and up-to-date information.
If you are interested in starting your journey to work and study in Vancouver, then we would love to hear from you.
Contact our friendly and experienced advisors!