How to Succeed as a Professional in Canada

By University of Waterloo Modified on March 09, 2017

Tips for launching your career in Canada.


The idea of expanding your horizons to study in Canada can be intimidating, and it’s easy to feel unsure of what to do while you’re not studying. There are boundless opportunities for jobs for any sort of interest that you’d like to explore, you just need to know how to find them!

Use career support services Many services exist to help you find jobs, whether it’s for co-op, a career path, or a part-time job to earn some extra money! For example, the University of Waterloo has a Centre for Career Action, where you can get help with writing your résumé, practising your interview skills, and much more!

Attend information sessions It’s normal to have questions and concerns about finding a new job, especially when you’re in a new country! Interacting with professionals in the workforce can make a huge difference when it comes time to apply for jobs. Even if you don’t have questions yet and would just like to attend out of curiosity, just attending information sessions may lead to an informative and beneficial experience!

Get volunteer experience Being involved in the community will not only give you a sense of belonging and help improve your résumé, it’ll also introduce you to people with similar interests. This is great for making new friends or networking for possible future job opportunities.

Choose a university that will prepare you for your career Picking the right university is essential to feeling confident enough to succeed in the workforce after graduation. For example, after introducing the first university co-op program in Canada, University of Waterloo quickly grew to offer the largest co-op program in the world, as well as rank 1st in the world for partnerships with employers.