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CAREER DEVELOPMENT WEEK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & GRADS

Keep an eye out for the 2024 edition!

International students and recent graduates: Get ready to kickstart your job search and career planning in Quebec and Canada at large!

What to expect

Join in-person and virtual events to identify and leverage your strengths, explore career options, sharpen your job search tools, and build and strengthen your Canadian network.

Events include:

  • An interactive networking workshop to build your confidence and create more meaningful connections 
  • Career panels with recruiters and international alumni working in Montreal and across Canada to help you gain insights and expand your network
  • Workshops to help you integrate smoothly into the Canadian job market
  • A writing workshop to explore and understand your unique identity, experiences and background as an international student, while enhancing your communication skills in a supportive community

Free food and beverages at all in-person events! 

Follow us on Instagram @CUstudentexperience to stay in the loop!

Schedule of events

Tuesday, September 19 — In-person

Free food and beverages provided!

When: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: H-769/H-771

This interactive workshop will help you understand the importance of networking, develop new networking strategies, and give you the opportunity to practice your networking skills in a fun and relaxing environment.  

Facilitators: Shadi Assadolahi, Career Counsellor & Antonella Nizzola, Career Advisor

When: 12:45 – 2 p.m.
Where: H-769/H-771

After the networking 101 workshop, grab a slice of pizza – or 3 – and chat with your peers for some unstructured networking using the strategies you learned during the workshop.

On the other hand, if you need some downtime to scroll socials and recharge your social battery with some good pizza – that’s okay too (you do you!)!

When: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: H-769/H-771

As an international student, you may be interested in staying in Quebec once you graduate and building a career here. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop your French-language skills and explore which strategies can best help you to fulfill your career goals in Quebec.

Facilitator: Barbara Tremblay, Career Counsellor, Career Counselling and Educational Transitions

Wednesday, September 20 — Online

When: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Join us for an insightful Ask Me Anything event tailored to international students seeking career opportunities in Montreal and Canada. Our panel of seasoned recruiters is here to answer all your burning questions and provide valuable advice on navigating the job market, networking and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and make meaningful connections!

Facilitator: Julia Stein, Career Advisor, Career Advising and Professional Success (CAPS)

 

When: 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Are you wondering how to promote yourself to Canadian employers? In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the major categories of skills that employers tend to look for. You will also work on identifying skills you developed in your previous experiences so that you can highlight these as you apply for jobs. Finally, you will ways in which you can engage in new experiences to develop your skills. 

Facilitator: Meghan Atherton, Career Counsellor, Career Counselling and Educational Transitions (CCET)

When: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Listen and interact with a panel of Concordia alumni who were once international students. Panelists will share their experiences and offer advice, including their path to success and the struggles searching for a job outside of Quebec and relocating to a different Canadian province.

Learn the effective job search strategies that worked for them and how they successfully tackled the Canadian job market. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into what life after completing your studies has in store.

Thursday, September 21 — Online

When: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Identity, home, and belonging are often wrapped up in so many different and complicated layers. For many of us, this often involves multiple geographies, two or more peoples, places and cultures. During this writing workshop, we’ll examine the complexities of our diasporic identities through writing prompts, storytelling exercises and caring conversations. We’ll answer – or at least ask better questions – of what it means to live in between cultures. 

We’ve designed this workshop to be intimate and generative with writing prompts that will spark your creativity and give you the time and space to share your story in a safe and positive environment. All you need is some paper, a pen, and a stable internet connection! No writing experience necessary. 

Facilitator: Living Hyphen is a community that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians. Through art and writing, we uncover what it means to live in between cultures as individuals who call Canada home but with roots elsewhere. 

When: 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Join the International Students Office (ISO) for an information session to address some of the practical matters facing students who are planning to work in Montreal or anywhere else in Canada.

We will look at:

  • The proper documentation needed to authorize you to work on- and off-campus
  • Working after graduation (Post-graduation)
  • Obtaining your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Filing taxes

This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations set by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and have all your questions answered.

Presenter: Farooq Shaikh, Advisor, International Students Office (ISO) 

Friday, September 22 — In-person

Free food and beverages provided!

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A professional headshot is key to making a great impression! Take advantage of the free LinkedIn photoshoot with a professional photographer!

You will be contacted prior to the event with a specific time slot and the event location.

If you cannot attend, please cancel your attendance so that your spot can be given to another student.

Due to high demand, students can partake in one photoshoot session per degree during their time at Concordia. 

When: 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: H-769/H-771

Listen and interact with a panel of Concordia alumni who were once international students. Panelists will share their experiences and offer advice, including their path to success and the struggles during their journey.

Learn the effective job search strategies that worked for them in Montreal and how they successfully tackled the Canadian job market. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into what life after completing your studies has in store.

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 7345
caps@concordia.ca

Locations

Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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