Canadian Work Experience Program
2013 Note - - Program Under Review
The Centre for International Experience and Career Centre seek to provide the highest quality programming for international students at U of T. We are continually reviewing the programs that we offer to assess their effectiveness. The Canadian Work Experience Program is currently under review, in an effort to evaluate and improve career-services programming for international students. We invite your feedback about what career-services programs you expect at U of T.
If you are interested in sharing your ideas about career-services programming for international students, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to seek advice about your own career path from one of CIE's advisors, please contact Marc Arnold at email@example.com
One Year Ago: CWEP January to April 2012
In Spring 2012 this program was intended for international students in their 3rd or 4th year of study at the St. George campus (in any discipline except Commerce). The students who participated in CWEP were already confident about the profession that they wanted to work in after graduation, but were unsure how to go about gaining career-related experience in Canada.
By taking part in CWEP the students had the opportunity to participate in 6 sessions where they developed the skills and tools needed to secure career-related work, internship or volunteer opportunities. Participation in the program included access to ongoing support from CWEP staff and a unique perspective on the Canadian job search process.
Each session took place from 1- 4 p.m. on the scheduled Friday afternoon.
Session #1: Challenges for international students and Canadian labour market realities. Panel Discussion — "My experience studying and working in Toronto as an international student".
Session #2: Interviewing and information interviews — objectives, strategies and practice. Mock interviews with employers, fellow students and Student Life staff.
Session #3: Networking! Practical, social and professional networking — practicing with online tools.
Session #4: Job search and self-marketing. Résumés, cover letters, 30 second commercials and more (guest speaker).
Session #5: Transitions to employment and career planning. Panel Discussion — Recent grads and international alumni share experiences.
Session #6: Getting the job — how to secure work & internship opportunities; employer meet and greet. Final lunch and "graduation".
We encourage you to contact the Career Centre to find out what programs, services and assistance are available to help you with your job search and career planning.
"Life is a progress, and not a station." Ralph Waldo Emerson