International Student Services

I-Work! Skills for Cross-Cultural Employment

I-Work! Workshops

Get the skills to master interviews and get the career you want in Canada! 

I-Work! Offers a series of workshops and events targeted at students looking to increase their knowledge about career development in Canada and globally.  

A workshop occurs every month, October to March, on topics such as:

  • The importance of volunteerism in the Canadian work culture
  • An introduction to Canadian workplace pragmatics: intercultural perspectives 
  • Speaker panel: From student to employee
  • Interview skills workshops (hosted by the Career Centre)

Open to all international students, at any stage of your degree, attend this conference to improve your skills and knowledge on finding work in Canada. 

You will get answers to:

  • Where are the best online platforms to find employment?
  • What skills make me stand out from other candidates? 
  • What should I include in my LinkedIn profile? 
  • What are employers looking for in their ideal candidate? 
  • What is the difference between my home country's work culture and Canada's work culture? 

I-Work! Career Conference — Saturday, March 9, 2019

Attend this one-day career conference to hear from keynote speakers and employers on how to build your skills and maximize your employability. 


Series Schedule

Volunteering in Canada: building experience and your resume.
October 9 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Telus 134

Employers look for applicants with a wide range of skills and experience. This session explores how volunteer experiences help to build Canadian experience and why it is important for career development in the Canadian context.


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Panel Discussion: From International Student to Employee
November 7 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Telus 134

Hear from former international students who are now working in Alberta. They will share their pathway to career success and insights on what current students can do on their own pathway to work in Canada.


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Canadian Hiring Practices

December 4 | 3:30 -4:30 pm | Telus 134 

This session discusses the culture and system of the Canadian Hiring Practice. For students who are starting their career development in Canada, this session offers advice and practice on getting hired: communication skills, verbal and nonverbal, networking skills, and understanding of how to frame your skill-sets for the different styles of interviews you can expect in many professional settings.
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Canadian Workplace Pragmatics: Keeping a Job
January 22 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Telus 134 

Once you have a job, it is important to see and understand the cultural patterns of the workplace to keep your position. We will discuss communication pragmatics including making a request, or an apology, cultural ideas around conflict and conflict resolution; roles and expectations. This is a highly interactive session, you are expected to interact personally with the material.
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Conflict styles and resolution in the Canadian Context
February 12 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Telus 134

Part of maintaining employment is knowing how to navigate different conflicts and how to resolve those conflicts. This session focuses on conflict and resolution within the Canadian workplace context. 

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Searching for Work: Understand NOC codes
February 26 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | Telus 134

This session hosted by Government of Alberta: "Learning Clicks" provides information on how to use the tools provided through the ALIS (Career, Learning and Employment Information for Albertans) and how to connect your job search with the NOC codes. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone to this session.
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