We are back with PART 2 (part 1 here) of international student misconceptions. How many of these statements have you heard around campus? At work? Or in a social setting? More importantly, do you believe these statements to be true?
This week, we reached out to our Devant network to comment on how their international student experiences relate to these common student myths. Read more to see what your fellow international students have to say.
Myth #4 You have to live in a BIG city to get the full Canadian experience
Moving to Canada has been so far the biggest decision I’ve made. I’ve lived in two different Canadian cities and both have given me a unique perspective in understanding Canadian culture in more detail. I started in Brantford which is a very small town and then moved to London which comparatively is a bigger city. Upon graduation, I hope to continue my Canadian journey in an even bigger city like Toronto or Ottawa.
I believe the ability to adapt and be resilient to change as an international student is showcased in how optimistic and hard-working we are when it comes to relocating. Each city and move offers its own challenges, opportunities and experiences. I am open to new opportunities and experiences as I learn more about Canada. There is a lot to learn no matter where you are.Pranjay Sharma – Marketing, Fanshawe College
Myth #5 Career development only happens close to or after graduation
I believe the career development journey goes alongside your academic journey. Why? Because the strategies and tools needed for a successful job search cannot be learned in one day. You have to give it time.
Indeed, juggling school, internships, and part-time was a task. It requires many sleepless nights, hard work, and patience. However, it is possible to manage with the right tools and strategies.
For example, I work part-time at Domino’s pizza from where I acquired customer service, teamwork, and conflict management skills. During the same time, I was also an intern at Devant. Here, I learned about handling social media content, content writing, time – management, Google analytics and SEO practices. Without considering the career planning stage, I would not have understood the importance of a co-op semester, the development of soft skills at my part-time job, or the value of making connections.
I strongly recommend that you start thinking about your career plan early in your academic journey. Along with the help of your career services, events/workshops, and career coaching you will surely narrow down your job search to your strengths and interests and create a career plan that works for you.Pooja Palkar – Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Fanshawe College
Myth #6 Part-time jobs are not valuable while I’m studying
Financial security is one of the most critical aspects of finding success as an international student in Canada. I definitely thought about this as I prepared to move, but many influences in my circle didn’t see a part-time job as an option. I heard it would be difficult to get one and it would not valuable for my future career.
However, I have learned so much about myself, my skills, and my strengths while having a part-time job. To first address the concern of it being difficult to obtain a job, I say this is false. There are many employers who are happy to give you a chance if you present yourself with a polished resume + cover letter and communicate well at an interview. Be open-minded about what jobs and organizations you work at.
I got my first job at Walmart within a month of moving to Canada. After a year of hard work and dedication to the company, I am now a Customer Service Manager. I also worked as a Campus Ambassador at Georgian College. I am now graduating with honours from my Business Marketing program and have a college scholarship. Working and studying at the same time can be a challenge but it is possible to succeed in both areas. It requires good time management, communication, and a lot of self-motivation. A part-time is such a great place to develop your soft skills and grow your network.Vishva Joshi – Business – Marketing, Georgian College
I want to give a BIG shout out to all the international students who contributed to this post. You are integral to Devant’s continued successes. Check our part 1 of international student myths to learn if the following statements ring true.
#1 – Good grades will get you a job
#2 – Networking is too much work with no results
#3 – Employers see international students as a disadvantage
What surprised you about being an international student in Canada? Connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in our next blog post.