Why Moving To Canada Is Good For You ?


Canada has become one of the topmost countries for attracting immigrants from around the world who are looking for a host country that will give them good opportunities. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada’s annual immigration flow is now proportionately one of the highest among OECD members, at 0.7 per cent of its population.

In 2011, there were 249,000 new permanent residents, after a record year of 281,000 in 2010. That is not counting the 190,800 temporary foreign workers that were admitted in 2011 as well as the 98,400 foreign students who came to benefit from our universities and may decide to stay and put their skills to use in Canada’s industries. The official per yer number is now being pegged at 265,000, that’s a number to reckon with !

The OECD finds that employment for foreign-born Canadian citizens has gone up since 2008, while it has stalled for native-born citizens. The employment rate for Canadian immigrants in 2012 was the third highest in the OECD. This shows that immigrants are quickly integrating into the labour force and putting their skills to work.

For that matter, it is worth noting that more than 50 per cent of Canadian immigrants are highly educated, putting Canada at the top among the OECD countries. As well, a significant number of the almost 100,000 foreign students visiting Canada each year decide to stay after getting a degree from one of our world-class universities (McGill, University of Toronto, UBC, etc.). Many other immigrants are also looking in Canada’s direction, attracted by job prospects.

One reason why foreign immigrants favour Canada as a destination is the labour mobility it offers. According to its latest Global Competitiveness Report published last month, the World Economic Forum ranks Canada as the world’s seventh most efficient labour market.

High labour-market efficiency means that workers are more likely to be allocated to their most effective use and provided with an environment where they are encouraged to give their best effort. On a macroeconomic level, this also means that the country’s work force is flexible enough to shift workers from one economic activity to another. It also means that there are strong incentives in place for employees, promoting meritocracy and providing equity in the business environment.

Canada’s strong economic performance since 2008 is explained by many factors, including well-capitalized banks, massive public infrastructure spending – and a strong influx of immigrants. Immigration last year explained two-thirds of Canada’s population growth of 1.2 per cent, well ahead of the 0.7 per cent and 0.3 per cent seen in the United States and the euro zone, respectively.

Canada needs foreign talent to sustain the country’s demographic and economic growth, and they have just the labour market to attract it. Canadians need immigration just as much as immigrants need a destination such as Canada. Immigration, as it turns out, is most likely the key to Canada’s prosperity in the near future.


Handling An Interview With A Foreign University


An admission interview can be a valuable opportunity to show that there’s more to you than your score in entrance exams such as GRE, TOEFL etc. Also, take it as a valuable discussion which can help you clarify all your doubts about the place that would be your alma mater for life, of course if you choose to join them. It is advisable to be prepared, as most of the colleges abroad include a College Admission Interview as part of the admission process. Hopefully, the following tips would help you understand the structure and procedure better and crack that all important interview of your life..

Spare enough time for preparation

Be prepared for all kinds of questions that can be asked during the interview. Get to know the faculty and try to learn about the college and course you are applying for. Be sure to have gone through the website or any other available written material so that you have enough meat for the discussion.

Keep your calm

They have invited you for the discussion because there are impressed with your grades and just want to know more about you. So, be calm and do what it takes to offer honest answers to questions asked. Do not take this as a war of all worlds and the fact that if you dont clear this discussion, it’s the end of life because it isn’t.

Clarify your doubts

Asking questions during the interview is actually a good habit. By putting forward the right questions, you are essentially showing that you are keen on joining the institution you have applied for. As the interviewer is usually an ex-student of the college, you can ask questions to find out what is special about the college compared to other institutions in the neighborhood.

Formal Dressing is the key

Never wear T-Shirts, Flip-Flops or Jeans when you are going for an interview. Instead, make sure you are wearing proper formal attire. Casual clothing will only project a casual self-image. So, keep it safe by avoiding informal clothing.

Strike up an interesting conversation!

Yours is not the only interview for the interviewers. More often than not, people conducting interviews are quite bored after interviewing loads of candidates. You can bring in a refreshing change to the interview process by asking the right questions and striking up an interesting conversation, rather than passively answering the questions asked. Yet, this doesn’t mean that you can have a happy-go-lucky chat. Just make sure that your questions are friendly yet formal.

Contact previous students who have already taken the interview

By talking to candidates who have sat for the interview earlier, you can unearth handy advice on possible questions and ways to crack the interview. There could be valuable suggestions and tips about the interview panel which you can keep in mind while the discussion is going on, this will help you have an edge over the others which can often be the difference between geting selected or rejected.

Try and make your answers unique

You can capture the attention of the interviewer by giving interesting and innovative answers, rather than straightforward ones that you read from the book. You can also impress the interviewer by adding your personal opinion to the answer. Plus you can also try and be innovative and try to give some quotes, etc which can be a differential edge to the way you deal with the situation.

Be prepared for the most common interview questions

Here are some of the questions candidates are commonly asked during College Admission Interviews:

Tell me something about yourself
Why did you pick this institution?
What’s special about the course that you have opted for?
Have you applied for any other college?
What are your positive points?
What are your negative points?
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Do you have any personal interests/hobbies?
Have you received any awards?
Do you have any questions/clarifications?

All the best and hope you clear that very important interview, do well !

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Looking For A Job Abroad !


Pre-looking Checklist

Your options to connect with organizations based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. These obstacles, however, should not discourage you from trying to find work abroad; instead they should give you a sense of the skills and resources you need to acquire to make yourself a competitive candidate while helping you focus on the opportunities that best fit you.

Keep in mind that it’s often more difficult to find a salaried position in an international agency without previous field experience or a relevant graduate degree. International nonprofits may be your best bet for finding work abroad. Many of these organizations list their job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities on their websites

The basics of working abroad

The first step in working abroad is to determine the who, what, where, when, and how. Think about your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country—are you hoping to learn a new skill? Build an international CV or résumé? Self-fund the exploration of a new country? Knowing more about why you want to work abroad will help you determine what types of jobs would be the best fit.

Also, start thinking about when you’d like to go, how long you’d like to stay, and where in the world you’d like to work, volunteer, and travel.

Researching Countries

Get all the low down info about the kind of country you would like to live in, what are the job opportunities available, the financial and economic conditions of the citizens there, etc. However, its important for you to know for sure that this is the place that you need to be since the preparations change basis the location.

Short-term work abroad

Whether you’re on a gap year or simply want to work abroad on a short-term basis, there are a number of programs and opportunities available to you. You can explore fellowship programs like the Peace Corps or pursue academic programs like Fulbright. If you’re a student, you can look into gap-year programs.

Long-term work abroad

Alternatively, you can seek long-term or permanent work in another country. Once you’ve made up your mind, you could start looking at job databases which are freely available on the internet and in plenty.

Keep a tab on the logistics

Choosing to live and work in a country other than your own likely involves a range of logistical challenges, from visas and red tape on residency and taxation issues, to linguistic and cultural differences, to potential difficulties presented by your target country’s economic and political stability. Careful research is essential to learning about and overcoming these challenges.

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Australia Vs Canada, Which One ?

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Both the destinations are extremely popular with migrants, however each has it’s own unique advantages over the other which happens to be the deciding factor for the general population. Let’s take a quick look at what differentiates these two when it comes to the overall living experience

Job opportunities: Both the countries offer some really great job opportunities, especially for the immigrant sector. There are some jobs that are better in one country than in the other – for example, opportunities for nurses are better in Canada than in Australia.

Canada is better known for the manufacturing sector jobs, while Australia is more widely popular for its US IT firms.

Cost of living: The cost of living is very high in Australia due to its housing taxes. Housing in Canada is far more affordable at the moment when compared to Australia. Regular living expenses also tend to be higher in Australia than they are in Canada.

Diversity: Australia as well as Canada have a widely diverse population, but with different ethnicity factors. Canada has a dominant Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan & a Jamaican base.

Australia, on the other hand, has a more diverse population, with Indonesian, Thai and Lebanese as the dominant communities, and small Central or South American communities.

Ease of application: Typically, the visa application process for Canada is easier, despite the recent emphasis on having fluency in English or French. While both function on a points-based process and have a preferred skills list, Canada does have far fewer visa sub-classes and less stringent visa application assessments.

Permanent residency: Gaining permanent residency for Australia or Canada is all based on eligibility and factors that affect the immigrant’s future prospects within the country such as field of expertise, work experience, references and relations in the country.

Feel free to visit the below official websites for further details on the overall process for these two popular countries of choice.

Official Australian Govt Resource Website: immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/books6.htm

Official Canadian Govt Resource Website:

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