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Jobs for International Students in Vancouver

Written by Alexander College in Student Life on December 10, 2021

Are you an international student in Canada looking for a job? 

In this article, we’re sharing some insight into the Canadian job market and the opportunities available to international students.   

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Can I Work in Canada as an International Student? 

According to the Canadian Government website, as an international student, you can work in Canada if your study permit explicitly states that you are allowed to work either on or off campus.  

In order to work off campus, you will need to meet the requirements listed on the Canadian government website. If you are authorized to work off campus, make sure to pay attention to the number of hours you can work per week as an international student.  

After you complete your degree program at Alexander College, and if you fulfill all the requirements established by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), you will also be able to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).  

This permit enables you to work in Canada for up to three years after your graduation.

Hence, you‘ll have the chance to gain hands-on experience in the Canadian job market.   

That being said, be aware that not all designated learning institutions in Canada makes you eligible for the PGWP.  

In addition, you can refer to the government website for a list of the institutions and programs that help students qualify for this permit.     

An Overview of the Canadian Job Market

According to the Labour Force Survey released by Statistics Canada in June 2019, employment rose by 453,000 positions. 

In addition, it shows that there are more job opportunities for both full-time employees (+299,000) and part-time employees (+154,000).  

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The Job Market in Vancouver

According to the publication, there will be 903,000 job openings from 2018 to 2028 in the province. 77% of the job openings in the region during this period will require some form of post-secondary education. 

From this chart, you’ll see that 41% of this job opportunities will require a diploma, certificate or apprenticeship. On the flip side, 36% of the occupations will need professionals that have a bachelor’s, graduate or first professional degree. 

Pie chart of Job openings expected in British Columbia in 2028
Source: B. C.’s Labour Market Outlook: 2018 Edition

Hence, if you are planning to study at Alexander College, you’re on the right track! We offer a variety of programs, including Associate Degree programs and University Transfer programs.

To give you a better idea of the job market in Vancouver, five industries will be responsible for most of the job openings in the next 10 years: 

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Service
  • Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

If we take into consideration the occupational groups in Canada, 51% of the new job opportunities in the next ten years in British Columbia will come from Sales and Service, Business, Finance, Administration and Management categories.

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Career Opportunities after your Graduation 

Now that you have a lot of general information about the Canadian job market, you need to know the job opportunities you can get after your graduation.

We offer a variety of programs at Alexander College such as the Associates Degree programs and the option to be a university transfer student towards completing a bachelor’s degree. Our programs provide you the opportunity to look into various job markets in the country. 

Here are a few entry-level job options to consider :  

  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Assistant Retail Manager 
  • Bank Teller
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Customer Support Representative 
  • Marketing Assistant 
  • Sales Associate
  • Accounting Assistant 
  • Assistant Manager 
  • Bookkeeping Assistant 
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Human Resources Assistant 
  • Marketing Assistant 
  • Office Assistant 
  • Assistant Business Analyst 
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How to Get your First Job in Canada?  

Prior to applying to a job, you’ll need to update your resume and prepare a cover letter. Creating a LinkedIn Profile is also a good idea as many employers, recruiters and hiring managers are looking for candidates through LinkedIn.

You also have the option to go to our Career Advising Services and ask our tutors for help on writing your documents.  

Networking with friends, classmates or old work colleagues and see if they may be aware of any job openings. They may also connect you with someone or a company they know is hiring.

In Canada, you can find many job opportunities online: 

  • Go2HR: Excellent option for students who are looking for summer jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry.  
  • Craigslist:  Each region has its own page that consists of job opportunities, but also services, products for sale, etc.  
  • Eluta.ca
  • Indeed.ca:  You can find opportunities by filtering via your location, position you desire or company. 
  • JobBank: The website is coordinated by the Canadian government. There you will find not only job opportunities but also information about benefits, training, etc.  
  • Jooble
  • WorkBC: The website is managed by the province of British Columbia. On the page, you will find job opportunities in the selected region and also information about training, education, labour market, employment services and more! 
  • Monster.ca: You can find job opportunities in all of Canada.  Also, you‘ll find many articles about career advice, resume advice, interview tips, and more.  
  • Workopolis
  • Wow jobs
  • Good Work: The page is considered Canada’s green job site.  If you are looking for a job in a green and environmental field, you will find it here!  

After applying to a job or completing an interview, it is important to follow up in a creative way to make a great impression and stand out from the other job candidates.

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Working on campus: Job opportunities for Alexander College students 

As an Alexander College student, you will also have opportunities to work on campus.  

Students are hired to provide general support at our college campuses. They are employed on a temporary, contractual basis. Volunteer and work experience is a great way to improve your resume and show initiative when applying to jobs or universities. 

Here are some examples of student worker duties: 

  • Sorting and filing 
  • Assisting staff with various duties and research projects 
  • Reception coverage 
  • Assisting with general duties in the AC Library 

If you plan to look for a job this year, Randstad, one of the largest Canadian HR firms.

They’ve combined their data to come up with a list of the 15 most in-demand jobs in Canada this year.

According to the research, the Canadian job market needs talented people in many different fields. You can find the full list by clicking HERE.

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Now that you have all the information you need, let’s start looking for a job in Canada! Finding a job is one of the many ways students can make the most of their time here in Canada.  

If you are already a student at Alexander College, you can book an appointment to get help on writing your resume and cover letter at our Career Advising Services.  

For more tips and advice on how to be a successful college student check out our blog here.


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