The Centre for Career Action acknowledges that our work is on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our institution is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.The active work by the University of Waterloo toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.
Want to learn what it's like to work in Canada as an international student? The Centre for Career Action (CCA) is hosting a student panel for undergraduates about working in Canada!
The panel will cover topics like how to find work as an international student, how to ace your interviews, and how to achieve success once you're on the job. The panel will also feature a Q&A session with senior undergraduates, so you're welcome to ask any questions you might have about the Canadian employment process.
Meet the Panelists
In 2013, Chérisse arrived for the first time in Canada from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. In 2017, she graduated with her Arts degree majoring in Economics and minoring in Management Studies. Chérisse’s current 9-5 is as a Graduate and Administrative Coordinator in the Faculty of Math at the University of Waterloo, but she did several roles during undergrad and as a new graduate. During her time in Canada, she has had many jobs and volunteer positions which resulted in a unique array of experiences. She worked in the kitchen at a Waterloo residence, as a security guard at the on campus pub and even as an assistant to an international development program. Her passions include building and fostering student life. As such, she also volunteered for the Association of Caribbean Students, the International and Canadian Student Network and several Orientation and Faculty events. That passion did not stop after graduation as she is also the Alumnus in Residence and works daily to prepare upper year students for life after graduation. She is a proud Waterloo grad and is thrilled to still be a part of a thriving Waterloo community.
Lal is a third year student from Turkey currently studying Arts & Business, majoring in Visual Culture at University of Waterloo. She first stepped foot in Canada in September 2017 – four days before her very first day at the University of Waterloo. Her very first job as a residence tour guide was also her first ever paid job, as working before university was not traditional in her home country. Since then, she has always had a part-time job while in school and currently, is on her first co-op work term.
Komal Sarvani Mullapudi
Komal is an international student from India, going in to her 3B study term of working towards a Computer Science major and a Psychology/Cognitive Science minor at University of Waterloo. Currently, she is working at InFlight Corporation in Kitchener as a UI Developer. Her previous co-ops have been at Bold Commerce, The Weather Network and Lambton College. She enjoys volunteering across campus and used to work part-time in Tim’s SLC during previous terms. Outside of study and work, she loves to sing, swim, and play board games.
YuLun is an Arts student majoring in Economics and minoring in Psychology. He just finished his second-year of study and is currently on his first coop term. He moved to Canada in 2017, from an industrial city in the north part of China. For his current co-op, he is working for the school's Co-operative and Experiential Education services team as a technical support specialist. He didn't have any volunteer experience or work experience in Canada prior to this job, but he was able to utilize his experience gained from previous jobs he worked at in his home country. Outside his academic and career life, he is also an amateur translator focusing on translating music lyrics from English to Chinese. He is also passionate about video editing and used to work as a contracted part-time content creator.
Register now on WaterlooWorks.
Working in Canada as an International Student: Graduate Student Panel occurs on November 20.
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