Working in Canada: Finding employers- serie II-
Working in Canada: Finding employers
Canadian and international companies with overseas offices
Getting a job with a Canadian company that has offices overseas may be one way of securing work in another country. There is no doubt that Canada invests huge amounts of money abroad and has commercial and cultural ties with all parts of the world. As new markets open up, opportunities are appearing in different countries; China and India in particular are big growth areas. Some large organisations often have a number of offices overseas and are tending to centralise their operations, with one location acting as the headquarters for the whole of Europe.
You should not assume however, that securing a job with a company that has offices abroad automatically means you get to work in one of the foreign locations. You will need to be realistic about when you will get that overseas posting. The majority of organisations will not contemplate sending a member of staff to represent them abroad unless they are satisfied with levels of competence and can see evidence of the other qualities needed to succeed in the new posting.
It is normal to spend two or three years working in an organisation in this country before being transferred to one of the offices overseas. There are likely to be many more opportunities available once you have gained experience – it is more common for staff at middle and senior level to travel abroad on a regular basis.
There are, however, some exceptions. Organisations/employers with international operations in such areas as civil engineering and accountancy sometimes have a policy of sending newly recruited staff overseas to gain experience, often for two or three-year postings.
For international students graduating from Canadian universities, it is worth noting that Canada-based international companies regularly recruit those who are interested in making their careers in their home countries.
Canada and international companies recruiting worldwide
There are a variety of companies with offices overseas but examples include:
The following also recruit worldwide:
No choice over destination
Some graduates are happy to accept jobs which include the opportunity to work in Canada, even when they have no choice over where they may be posted. Working in the armed forces, the Diplomatic Service, for airlines or the travel industry are all examples of where the destinations of provincial and federal work may be out of your control. You should consider whether you would be happy in being sent anywhere in provinces or if you would want to choose your destination yourself, when deciding on what job to go for.
If you decide to research into potential local employers yourself and make direct applications, you may discover that it is difficult to find which organisations operate in each province. The following contacts and resources, however, should be of use:
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