Studying abroad in Canada means building up the foundation bricks for a future successful career. Maybe you are planning to work throughout your study programme, but you should also take into consideration the employment prospects and how to prepare for the period after graduation.
Canada holds a very organised system when it comes to employment, job application and the processes related to it. You may start working during your study programme and on holidays, to catch a closer glimpse to the local industries, to create networks and to support yourself financially. But there is a difference between temporary jobs and the pursuit of a career, especially in Canada.
It may be a bit demanding to find a stable job in Canada immediately after graduation, but it definitely is rewarding, as you can see below. You will see that there are differences between salaries in the cities/provinces of Canada, but the annual average is pretty tempting.
The visa I need to work in Canada
After you finish your degree course in Canada, you are allowed to work for a period that sums up the length of your programme, but not more than three years. You must apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Programme (PGWPP) within 90 days from when you receive the written confirmation that you completed and passed your academic degree course.
In order to be eligible to apply for the PGWPP, you must have graduated from:
A public higher education institution or
A private higher education institution that follows the rules of public schools or
A private higher education institution that has qualification programmes of 900 hours or more and leads to a “diplôme d’études professionnelles” (DEP) or an “attestation de spécialisation professionnelle” (ASP) or
A private institution that offers degrees authorised by the Canadian province that is located in.
Popular jobs in Canada
The best and most popular jobs in Canada were revealed in a study made by Canadian Business. The publication ranked the jobs by the growth of position openings over time, the average salary based on a 40-hours working week, changes in the last five years and a projected demand for 2022.
While many of the best paying and most searched jobs have a high employment demand, others have developed constantly and the offer matches the requests. In the companies from Canada, many of the employers have a strong communication with employees and are motivated by their feedback and attitude.
Below you will find the best of the jobs that Canada has to offer, with estimated annual salaries.
Mining and forestry manager: 108,805 CAD
Oil and gas drilling supervisor: 79,040 CAD
Air traffic controller: 87,360 CAD
Statistician and actuaries: 89,606 CAD
Engineering manager: 94,994 CAD
Public administration director: 99,195 CAD
Power systems operator: 84,198 CAD
Health & community service manager: 100,006 CAD
Mapping technologist: 68,640 CAD
Senior business manager: 97,136 CAD
Fields of study with the highest graduate starting salaries
After graduation, the students from Canada began their job hunting and a high percentage of them get employed locally. Below you will find a study made by CTV News that shows the employment rate in Canada by field of study.
Dentistry, forestry, optometry, therapy and rehab, veterinary medicine: 100%
Computer sciences: 96.5%
Business and commerce: 94.9%
Also, the highest paying jobs in Canada by field of study are available. The amounts are calculated on a yearly basis.
Dentistry: 99,706 CAD
Pharmacy: 91,031 CAD
Optometry: 91,000 CAD
Veterinary medicine: 73,974 CAD
Law: 72,981 CAD
Medicine: 65,333 CAD
Therapy & rehab: 65,000 CAD
Engineering: 63,564 CAD
Computer sciences: 63,462 CAD
Nursing: 62,248 CAD
Working environment in Canada
Canada has a warm working culture and this is one of the reasons why networking is important for both locals and international graduates. The interest you show and the size of your network reveal that you’ve managed to solve the employment after graduation problem with skills. Networking is a continuous project, so you are recommended to learn more about your colleagues and ask for information.
The standard work week in Canada is Monday – Friday, 09 – 05 PM, like in many countries. When you enter a company, you should ask for all the details, including dress code and insights on the team you will be working in, because collaboration between colleagues is cherished. Managers usually treat employees equally and a feedback from them is always welcomed. Punctuality is also highly appreciated, so you are recommended to stick to the given schedule.
Managers strongly care about the work atmosphere, so it is important to always have a positive attitude towards your colleagues, your boss and your tasks. Communication also deals with information, so if you are not totally satisfied by an answer or you don’t understand an information fully, you are advised to ask.
Canadians also care about an educational approach, which means learning from mistakes, rather than pretending to be perfect. Evolution is above political correctness. However, you should always pay a close look to your attitude in advance.