When you are planning to search for a job after landing in Canada or study, it is essential to know and understand various alternatives and options you have, as a pathway to Canada. For people who are planning to relocate to Canada, once you have decided that you want to move to Canada, the very first question to address is how can I move to Canada, while building my career and setting up for success. The answer vastly depends on your unique situation, background, experience, support system, life desires and your phase of life. Start to identify and gain an understanding of various alternatives to start transforming and building your career in Canada.
There are two key routes of how to successfully build your career in Canada
- Job search Route: Move to Canada on PR or work-permit, search and secure a job in Canada based on your professional profile and life desires. The guidance is also applicable for Canadian Citizens.
- The study followed by the job search route: Also referred to as “Study Route” in the articles. Enroll on a Master’s degree or Certification program, move to Canada on PR or study-permit, complete the study program, search and secure a job based on your life desires, professional and educational profile. The guidance is also applicable for Canadian Citizens.
Job Search Route
- For Experienced Professionals
- For New Graduates
- For Master’s Degree Candidates
- For Certification Course Candidates
The most important question is to answer what is your primary objective of moving to Canada?
It is vital to make better-informed decisions on which route is most suitable for you to move to Canada. The answer depends on several factors such as your phase of life, professional and personal aspirations, your current education, your existing professional relationship in Canada and many others. Your current personal and professional situation will drive your choices and decisions you make.
Is the decision to move to Canada with the ambition to secure a PR (if you are on a work permit or study permit), followed by Canadian Citizenship? All while doing jobs or studies in Canada, gaining international experience and then decide whether to go back to your home county or start calling Canada your home? Addressing this question will help in making a decision on which route to follow to move to Canada.
Your objective of moving to Canada will drive your decision on how to move to Canada
If your decision to move to Canada is intending to secure PR (if you are on a work permit or study permit) followed by Canadian Citizenship, the job search route (landing in Canada on PR and start searching for a suitable job) is a great option. This route has different sets of challenges and advantages at the same time. Weather landing to Canada on a PR to search for a job a good option for you or not will depend on your unique personal and professional situation.
On the other side, your objective of moving to Canada can be to:
- Study in Canada to gain international study and work experience, followed by which you would potentially like to return to your home country or somewhere else and
- Get Canadian Citizenship eventually or
- Most importantly, if there is a deadline associated with the study program you are planning to apply for, which is approaching soon, then moving to Canada on a student visa will make sense.
Once you have received the student visa, you should apply for PR. Applying for student visa and PR at the same time might not be the best idea to prevent confusion on your objective of moving to Canada, i.e., study or something else. Timing is the most critical factor for this choice.
Other factors that will drive your decision are your current professional experience, age group, marital status, personal finances, life ambitions, existing professional relationships in Canada, family, or friends in Canada, education and many others.
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Why should experienced professionals consider studying in Canada?
For an experienced professional, going back to studies is a big decision to make. Since you are planning to move to Canada, there is already a lot of changes you will go through as you are changing your location.
The addition of studies as a step in your plan of moving to Canada will help you not only in securing a job in Canada but also help in the PR application process. You will be in a better position to understand the Candian work culture and ways of working. It is critical to have a great cultural fit with the organization you will be trying to get a job. The study route gives you that opportunity to interact with Canadain students and faculties, along with several professionals from diverse backgrounds. You also get the time and support to transform your professional profile while adding new skills to the same. It helps you to entice prospective employers of your choice.
At the same time, there is the substantial effort and dedication required along with strong financials as one has to wait until the completion of studies to start a job. The financial soundness of the option to move to Canada using the study route will depend on the study course you are planning to take-up, location of the School, as it drives the cost of living and your lifestyle as a student. Till the time you are studying, it is likely that you will not be working and hence not have a source of income through the job. There can be study courses in Canada during which you can do a part-time job; however, it is challenging to take up part-time role along with studies in classes such as MBA or other Master’s degrees as the studies are quite time-consuming in itself.
There are several advantages of studying in Canada if you are planning to move to Canada for an extended period, and if you wish to call Canada, your home! You can grow your professional network through school resources and get the opportunity to attend several professional forums to increases your chances of building good professional relationships. You will be able to understand the pre-requisites of a job application along with the requirements and will get time to tailor your resume, your profile and prepare for the interview accordingly. As a professional, experienced person, there are many other takeaways from enrolling and completing a course to build your career in Canada.
Assess your options on how to move to Canada by developing your Connected Career Plan
Several dimensions should be analyzed as they connect and influence the decision-making process. It is critical to address each aspect and understand what it means for you. At the heart of this Connected Career Planning is a belief that location, your work and passion, health, your career, and life desires are interconnected, and we need to address all these dimensions to build a meaningful and attainable Connected Career Plan.
A few Connected Career Planning dimensions are Family & friends support system, Financial obligations, Personality and attitude, Professional aspirations, Life desires, Expense incl. cost of living, Educational background, Cultural background, Current job profile, Core and transferable skills, Weather preference, Health & fitness, Social life, Leisure and travel, and others.