International Student Services

I-Work! – Skills for Cross Cultural Employment

Build the skills you need to gain and maintain employment in Canada! 

I-Work! is a one-day career conference for undergraduate and graduate international students at the University of Alberta. This conference is for all students at all stages of their degree programs who want to enhance their skills and knowledge for employment in Canada. 

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a mock interview exercise with industry employers
  • Attend sessions on job search, skill building 
  • Learn how to maintain employment in Canada  

This conference highlights topics ranging from the importance of volunteer work to the function of employment in the immigration process in Canada. 

Series Schedule

Attend all sessions or pick and choose.

Finding work in Canada as an international student
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
4:45 – 7:00 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!

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Deadline to register: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Structure: Listen to a panel of speakers, all former international students, share strategies for finding employment in Canada. Speakers include: 

Mickael Zerihoun came to Edmonton from Prévessin-Moëns, France in 2011, after completing the International Baccalaureate. Once here, he pursued a Bachelor of Science with a Computing Science Specialization at the University of Alberta. Throughout his degree, Mickael held two different roles for the Undergraduate Association of Computing Science and the role of President for two consecutive years for the Video Game Art & Design Club at the U of A. He worked part-time for the Department of Computing Science department as Helpdesk Support, then part-time as a Front End Technical and Network Administrator, did a brief summer stint at Bioware, an internship as a Systems Analyst at the Office of the Registrar before finally settling in at Jobber as a software developer.


Fatima Salim Khawaja
 came to Edmonton from Islamabad, Pakistan in 2012, after completing her Masters in Economics. Once here, she pursued a Bachelor of Education After-Degree program at the University of Alberta. Throughout her two-year degree, Fatima worked part-time with a local not-for-profit organization and volunteered for a number of programs around the city and at the university. After a brief part-time stint with Frontier College, a literacy not-for-profit, Fatima started with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and has been working as an Issues Advisor since May 2016. 


Ruslan Bergenov 
came to Edmonton from Russia in 2012, to complete his Master's in Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta. During his program, he worked for the University of Alberta International, where he discovered his passion for data analytics. While a student, he job shadowed with the U of A Career Centre and joined the Career Mentoring Program. Upon graduation, he worked for the University as a Marketing Researcher, before starting with the Government of Alberta's Ministry of Labour, where Ruslan has been working as a Marketing Analytics Specialist since 2015.  


Volunteering in Canada
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!  

Beyond graduate school, working in Canada
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
4:45 – 7:00 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!  

AB Works
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!  

Mock interviews in a Canadian Context
Monday, December 4 – Tuesday, December 5, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Telus Centre
Cost: FREE!  

Networking to getting the job: Canadian hiring practices
Monday, January 15, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!  

Keeping the job: Canadian workplace pragmatics
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!  

Mock interviews in a Canadian context
Thursday, March 15 – Friday, March 16, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Telus 134
Cost: FREE!