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English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs in Canada

Learn and Practice English (ESL Study)in Canada

Canada is a very popular choice for study abroad because there’s so much variety here that it appeals to language travel students from around the world. As well as the snow and scenery which Canada is famous for, English immersion students will find that Canada has a lot more going for it too!

Learn English here in  Canada, which is home to the striking Niagara Falls, one of the 8 wonders of the world!

Without a doubt, Canada has a beautiful tranquil landscape, with many spectacular lakes, glaciers, mountains, forests and even golden beaches on the coastlines, therefore offering a delightful range to suit everyone’s preferences. One of the things you must try when you learn English in Canada, are the tasty traditional pancakes and maple syrup. It is also imperative that you go to a baseball and ice hockey match to really absorb the Canadian atmosphere and culture.

You have to  options for your  English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs in Canada:

Career Fields That Virtually Guaranteed a position In the Canadian Job Market

There’s been a lot of talk about high unemployment rates. However, there are certain fields in dire need of workers. Below are the professions where a job is nearly certain for those with an applicable degree or relevant work experience.

Health care

Health care-related positions dominated the top spots in recent study on university areas of study with the lowest unemployment rates, according to Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The top four majors included a medical technology technician, nursing, treatment therapy and a medical assistant. Other categories to break the top 25 included pharmacists, medical administrative services and health education professions. Not all health care fields are recession-proof, but the industry is certainly recession-resistant for the most part.

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Jobs that require math skills continue to be in heavy demand. Besides teaching mathematics as a profession, there aren’t many jobs listed specifically as math-related, but fields with low unemployment rates that have a heavy math emphasis include mechanical engineering, physics, finance and electrical engineering. Unemployment rates in these categories were as low as 3.8 per cent and topped out at 5 per cent, which is still significantly below the U.S. nationwide average. Actuarial science, which is extremely heavily math-oriented, has been estimated to nearly guarantee a job for those that major in it and pass the exams required to gain a designation as an actuary.

Computers/Technology:

The Information Age has arrived and it’s the Information Technology Professionals who are going to dominate the business world in the foreseeable future. On one side, businesses rapidly embrace the advancements in Information Technology and Communication, while the computer is becoming a household item through out the world. On the other hand, it has resulted in a vast array of opportunities in the areas of Hardware Manufacturing and Maintenance, Software Development,  Web developer, Networking, Database Administration and many more. There is a surge of demand for Information Technology professionals. As a result, choosing a career in the computer field is one of the wisest decisions you can make today.  Despite setbacks of few computer industries, the prospect of pursuing a career in the computer field is highly attractive. For instance, according to the popular print career service section provider at Metro Daily News Toronto, 2 out of the Top 5 fastest growing careers in Canada are Computer related. So act immediately, grab your qualification, start a career in the computer field and enjoy the benefits of the fastest growing careers in the entire world today.

Teaching

Education Math and science teachers will be in demand as Canada in its path to compete with other countries in engineering, technology, and medicine. A growing immigrant population means more English-as-a-second-language classes will be needed. Teaching English as ESL is another succesful financial venue.

  • Postsecondary teachers – Median salary: $56,120 Education: bachelor’s degree and often a master’s or doctorate
  • Teacher assistants – Median salary: $21,580 Education: some post-secondary education or vocational training
  • Educational, vocational, and school counselors – Median salary: $49,450 Education: secondary education, associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s

Science

Science-related professions are another broad category, but also rank highly in terms of low unemployment rates coming out of school. Astrophysics and geophysics engineering list unemployment rates as low as zero, which virtually guarantees a job for those that pursue the professions. Other solid areas to pursue include geosciences and criminal justice, the last of which can require a heavy science emphasis.

The bottom line

A Toronto University study entitled Not all college degrees are created equal can provide further insight into the fields that offer the best opportunities for employment after graduation. The reality is that employment rates vary because of many factors, be it geography, age of the job seeker and education level. Rates can actually vary widely based on these factors. For instance, those pursuing employment in the architectural field can see unemployment rates in a range of 7.7 per cent and 13.9 per cent, based on the factors mentioned above.

As one might expect, individuals with graduate degrees generally find it easier to find jobs, as do those with relevant work experience. Still, there are professions to pursue for those without work experience. Sticking to the above categories can definitely help more recent graduates.

 

How to Make your Resume Stand out

The most convenient way to search for jobs is uploading resume in the various online job portals. With the Internet becoming a necessity in today’s current scenario, many things are getting dependent on its usage. Searching for jobs is one of them. Using the job portals is economical and fast. Just upload the resume and search from the thousands of jobs available.   Read the following to know more tips and tricks to get your resume selected by recruiters.

  • Fill your Complete Profile to increase chances  
  • Always complete your profile filling form given the various job portals.

There are jobseekers complete about 60 per cent of the form given in the sites. To get desirable results from these portal complete all the necessary information. A completed job profile has better chance of being noticed by recruiters. Recruiters search these job profiles through various fields and if have filled all the details, chances of getting matched increases.

  • Use suitable keywords in your resume  Online searching of resumes is done by putting keywords relevant to the domain. Recruiters search for resumes by putting keywords associated with the job profile. For example if a person is a writer, he requires to put words like writer, content, edit relevant to the function done.
  • For a web designer, words relevant to the job like html, creative are used for online search.
  • To make your resume notice, use keywords in your resume.
  • Not only functional skills, you have to also mention words like number of years working, relevant qualifications and designation. These also become keywords for recruiters.
  • Update your profile regularly  Just by updating for the first time is not sufficient to get your resume noticed. To get job call from recruiters you have to keep on updating the resume in the job portal.
  • Log in your profile created and tweak necessary changes like years of experience, present work responsibilities etc. This way you will be always on top of the database of resume submitted in the job portal. Therefore, it is very important to keep it updated.
  • If you are very serious of changing your job and wants to switch to a new company, it is advisable to update your resume every two-three days.
  • When you are updating your resume, check that your contact details mentioned are clear.
  • Give the number in which you are easily accessible.
  • Give the email id in which you can reply easily. With smart phones doing many works, checking emails are becoming easy.

Follow these simple yet effective tips and enjoy the rewards. Use the best features of job websites like messengers and sms services and notice the difference in your job search. Just make the changes in your resume, upload and get noticed by recruiters. Get ready to attend interview calls from recruiters.

How To Get A Job In Ontario Today

Are you wondering how to get a job in Ontario?

Visiting Ontario to explore the business and lifestyle opportunities available to you and your family is strongly recommended.

Ontario’s large and diverse economy offers prospective entrepreneurs a wide range of business options. Assessing the business climate first hand can be an excellent way to start your research.

Ontario also offers newcomers lots of choice in where to live. Whether you are interested in a large, cosmopolitan centre, a medium-sized city or a small town or rural area, Ontario has a location to suit your needs. Learn more about communities in Ontario.
Ontario is a very competitive and expensive province. The city of Toronto for instance  is filled with foreign employees, as its main multicultural hub,  such as those from other USA or  EU countries, or those from Commonwealth countries like  Australia or NZ. To successfully get a job in Ontario, you will need to make sure you are fully prepared before you arrive.  

  • Get a work visa. Unless you were born in USA,  England or hold an EU passport or live in a Commonwealth country with a grandparent from England, you will need to obtain a work visa to enter and to  get a job in Canada. Contact your nearest consulate to start your application.
  • Obtain a Social Security number. Your Social  Security number is similar to a National  Insurance number. You will need it to pay taxes and make  Social Security contributions. Contact the Services Canada to get an SI number.Get yourself a mailing address. Employers require you to provide an address to have on file. Make sure you have your accommodations sorted out before you arrive in Ontario. Since hotels are expensive in Ontrio, consider checking the internet or a local Ontario newspaper for cheap accommodations.
  • Obtain a local phone number. If you already own a GSM phone, simply buy a local SIM card. If not, consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone when you arrive in Ontario. Make a CV (curriculum vitae). A CV is similar to a resume. It is one to two pages in length and is a summary of your employment history, skills and education. Also consider to join or opening accounts with  Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter to use as online portafolios and network.
  • Start the job hunt. Consider checking local Ontario newspapers like “The Toronto Star” or ” The Globe and Mail”  for job want ads. Also check job websites that cater to Toronto or the city you going to . You will also find job listings at local council job centers, or you could join a recruitment agency. One example of a popular Ontario temp agency is Adecco.
  • Consider opening a current account (similar to a checking account) at a local bank. Once you’ve found a job, you will need a bank account as most CND employers like to pay directly into your account.

Information to assist in planning your trip to Ontario including hotel listings with on-line booking options, calendar of events and information on local amenities is available at Ontario Tourism and Tourism Toronto.

Use your exploratory trip to learn about the business climate, meet appropriate contacts and experience first-hand Ontario’s high quality of life.

Study-Work options for English Language or ESL Students in Canada

Yes you can, But it is not going to be easy, The overseas job market is a tricky one and whether you find a job there or not depends on how good you are. So before anything else you need to assess your own capabilities. And you need to be honest about this assessment. See what category(ies)  you fit into:

1. Type A – Highly academic – Will have a Masters degree or above. Perhaps, even a PhD.or will be called a Geek at some point in life. talk about the theory of relativity like you and I will talk about the cricket score. May not have a very high degree of English skills, but will have adequate to get around and get his work done.

2. Type B – The real go getter – Extremely confident, excellent English skills including spoken and written, may not have a high qualification but would have a degree at the minimum, would have been called a wheeler-dealer or glib talker at some point in life, would be willing to start low in the organisation Knowing fully well, he can claw his way up quickly through his street smartness.

3. Type C – Average Joe – The name says it alli.e., average in pretty much everything but an overpowering desire to go abroad.

4. Type D – Middle age blues – Will be between late 20s or late 30s. Has this persistent feeling that life somehow has given a raw deal and going abroad will fix the problem especially the monetary aspect. Will also suffer from feeling of inadequacy about not creating or having grabbed opportunities in the past. Will exhibit or at some point in time would have had qualities of type A, B or C.

5. Type E – Desi boy – Very desi, poor communications skills but again like average Joe has an overpowering desire to go abroad.  

 

Now depending on which category you fall into your overseas job chances are as follows:  

1. Type A will find a job without a problem if they diligently apply for jobs especially if they have qualifications and experience in high technology areas. They need to be focused on where they are applying. Generic job sites will not be very effective as much as focused research to find out opportunities on company websites who are seeking specific team members. But sometimes you can hit pay dirt from a general jobsite as well. It’s a known fact that many companies especially, Technology firms cannot find specialised people and encourage their governments to create ‘skills shortage lists’ so that talent can be attracted. So you have a very good chance and it’s imperative you use the net to search the skills shortage list of the country you intend to go to. If your qualification and work experience is listed then you have a very good chance. Then you really start the research and send your CV to targeted companies or job sites/agencies. You don’t need a local Canadian  ‘consultant’ who will essentially do the same thing that I am suggesting i.e. send your CV to many job sites abroad and may not have the inclination to do specific search suited to your profile. The thing is these consultants will charge you a bomb for work that you can essentially do yourself if you set aside an hour every day. Simply follow the steps I outlined. If this approach fails go for another Masters or PhD and then use this as a pathway towards eventual job. If you choose the study to work pathway please use  HC.

2. Type B can also find a job but, they will not have the same success as type A. Mainly because type B will have qualifications that will not be in the skills shortage lists of many countries. They do not need BA, B.Com types and unfortunately our dashing type B will have only one of these. Or worse they will have an Engineering degree that will technically fall into a skills shortage but they struggled through the engineering course with many backlogs and the only use they can put a Vernier Callipers now is to check the size of their drink in the absence of a peg measure! So these guys will need to find their way into the country and then use their charm to find a job. One way of doing it is to see if they qualify for immigration under the points system prevalent in many countries which is being changed in Canada and specially for international students. This will essentially lead to a work-to-residency sort of permit.  Obviosly this will be easier to get if you have a spouse who is also qualified. That gives additional points. The other way is to try and get a visitor visa and then once you land there look around for a job and apply for a regular work permit. But getting a visitor visa is not as easy as it sounds and also there will be a reasonable amount of struggle to find a job on a visitor visa as most employers will be apprehensive to employ you while you are on a visitor status. But it can work. One word of caution-DO NOT overstay if you are on a visitor visa.  Canada Immigration officers HATE overstayers and you can also get into legal trouble and even be jailed.  We would never promote any illegal inmigration to Canada.  An easier option is to go for a Masters or specific Diploma and then use this as a pathway towards eventual job. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC.

3. Type C – It is always a struggle for this type unless they make a valiant attempt to change their circumstances especially qualification and communication. I would suggest getting into a local course for language as well as some technical qualification like IELTS, etc and then attempt  for TOEFL path. That’s pretty  the best advice I can give. A much better way they can utilise is through the study-to-work pathway which will also give the average Joe time to improve on communication and social skills during the stint as a student. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC.

4. Because type D exhibit traits of A,B or C it is best to decide which type you exactly are and then attempt to do what is suggested.

5. Type E are better off staying home and doing something locally as they will otherwise be exploited rather cruelly even if they manage to smuggle themselves into a country. Sadly these are the people who are exploited by the people smugglers and also the unscrupulous education agents who enable them to go abroad through fakes documents, etc. But once they reach there they are completely lost because they simply cannot cope with the environment unless they already have some family or friends there. But these are the type most likely to actually degenerate into a second graded life after the initial euphoria of being in ‘phoren’ evaporates. Their problem can be curbed by curbing the unscrupulous agents.

I hope that helps. If you choose the study to work pathway please use HC. Otherwise, best wishes and do not hesitate to write to me for further advice at 

hineni_inquiries (at)mail(dot)com   Best Wishes,

Miriam Iom  Managing Director Hineni Communications

How to choose a destination province within Canada for your English or higher studies?

While my articles can be useful to aspiring international students from any country, I will be writing with a focus towards assisting Asian, European and Latin American or Spanish speaking  students who form the 2nd largest contingent of students studying outside their country. The first is of course China. No prizes for guessing that!!  

Most International students will be faced with the decision of which  province to choose?

My own understanding is that they choose in this order – VancouverOntario  ; Quebec,  and Calgary  (till recently). Canada may have edged out Australia now-, USA, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and then other non-English speaking countries like Germany, France, Sweden, etc.

There are some stats available around this and I will share them soon. But choosing a destination province is never easy. I would suggest stick to this formula:  

1. If you are looking at pure academic achievement – then simply the choice is quite easy. Go to where the course your heart is pining for is. It could be NunavutYukon ; Yellowknife if you intend to study sub-zero temperature or some research like that. Get the picture? If your intended study and subject are clear, the choice becomes very easy. I can quote one particular course, if you have a passion for the outdoors and film making then there is a course at the University of Alberta in Alberta  and I am thinking it may be one of its kind in the world. In the former example cited all the student need to do is look for a university that offers Antarctic studies  and he could very well be on his way to this lovely American continent. Finding this information can done through the search engines or a dedicated overseas education site like  Hineni

2. If academics is important but getting a job later and settling down is more important – Then it is important that you not only choose a course that is available but also that the province that you choose has immigration laws/rules that will allow you to stay on after you complete your course and convert the student permit into work permit (I believe countries like USA , Australia or Switzerland are very difficult in this subject). If a country does not permit such an extension and expects you to leave, then obviously it will not match your requirement. You are better off choosing some other destination country which has more liberal work and immigration policies.

3. Getting a visa is primary because a rejection will finish my dreams completely – The trick to getting a visa to be honest. COMPLETELY. Now sadly a lot of young students are pretty much conned by their ‘consultant’ into showing false education, work experience and financial documents. This is done because the consultant will make money only if the students land in the college and then the college pays the consultant his commission. So the agent will do ANYTHING to get the student there. In case the immigration authorities see through the fraud, the agent gets away scot free but the student loses his ability to get a visa ever again to that country. So choosing an honest consultant is important who gives you transparent information about the process and will dissuade you from putting any fake documents. I am not sure if the various foreign embassies are already doing it, but it is only a matter of time before they start sharing information about fraudulent visa applications and this means you are pretty much shut out of most countries unless and until you are looking at Sudan, Ethiopia, records for instance etc

4. Permanent residency is my goal – Same answer as for 2 above. Make sure the province withing Canada has an immigration policy that is conducive towards long term settlement. Examples would be  Ontario,  Vancouver, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, just like Australia and  New Zealand. If you have French as an asset, Quebec province is fantastic!!

5. Earning money is my goal and I am quite happy to return to my home country – Choose a province within Canada with high exchange value because that will automatically mean that you will earn more in your local money  equivalent in a shorter period of time. Interestingly, some of the Middle East countries maybe the choice especially considering that UAE is beginning to get aggressive in trying to attract foreign students. Bear in mind that the Middle East countries do not have tax as well…. but one of the most scientifically and technologically advance it’s  95% Israel. So you could as well study in Israel  and then look at a job anywhee in the UAE for example.

6. I like adventure and want to make sure that there is a lot of it when I am studying – Not a very common request.  So if you want  get to on to the lonely planet website and choose from the various Canadian exciting destinations. I would personally choose some place where I can do sea kayaking and the water is warm. So contact us or visit sites like  Only Canada Tours  the best place for me? Possibly!

7. Peace and security are important to me – Check the world peace and choose accordingly. For sure Canada is there!

8. I want to start a business in that Province – Check the ease of doing business report here n our blog and  by the World Bank*.

9. I want to be in an honest province where I can live a corruption free life – Check the Transparency International corruption index.

10. I want to go where my friends/family are – Good idea actually. When you go abroad you are faced with many adverse situations (see my earlier blog about 1st week syndrome) and having family or friends around will create a safety net and a support system. So it’s a very good decision I would say and they would have already faced many of the situations and are able to guide you when the need arises.  

11. I want to go ASAP – If you are in such a hurry, well quite simply check to see the intake matrix of all the province, region and Canadian cities  and see which one has the next immediate intake and choose that. But be sure to leave at least 2-3 months gap even if all your documents are ready. Admission and visa will take some time and I feel at least 4-6 months is needed to have a tension free experience.

If in doubt about the intake matrix of the different province or any other details simply contact  a Hineni counsellor nearest to you and you will get the information immediately.   I hope that was useful. I would have liked to write more, but it’s been one of those crazy days at work. So maybe I will elaborate further later as this a very important question that most youngsters are faced with.

If you have any other specific requirement please email me on hineni_inquiries(at)mail(dot) com and I will see how best I can answer your queries. Also keep visiting Hineni blog and do some research on your own.   Best Wishes,

Miriam Iom 

New  Managing Director HC