Networking Essentials for International Student Careers in Canada: 8 Reasons Why

As an international student, finding a job in Canada can be overwhelming, especially when navigating unfamiliar professional cultures. However, networking is crucial not only for securing your first job but also for continued success in your career. By connecting with professionals in your industry, you can gain valuable insights, access hidden job markets, and build meaningful relationships. At the core of this is Isempower, a platform that helps bridge the gap between international students and employers all across Canada. In this article, we’ll cover eight reasons why networking through Isempower is essential for international students looking to build a career in Canada. 

  1. Learn from other professionals’ successes and failures 

Networking through Isempower provides the opportunity to meet professionals at various career stages via our Isempower Portal. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from their successes and failures, which can better prepare you for your own career. Ask senior professionals about their career paths and what skills they’ve found useful. Network with other newcomers to gain insight into what helped them get started in their careers. 

  1. Gain insights from informational interviews 

Isempower can help you connect with professionals in your desired industry for informational interviews through our Mentorship program. These interviews provide a chance to gather information or insights about a specific industry, organization, or job role. They can help you gain a better understanding of the Canadian job market before you even step into it. Prepare a list of informed questions before the meeting, be clear about what you want to achieve, and don’t ask for a job. 

  1. Access hidden job markets 

Did you know? Between 65 to 85 percent of job positions in Canada are never publicly advertised. Building a strong network through Isempower can help you tap into this hidden job market. Position yourself as a potential candidate by showcasing your value and your willingness to build on your skills. Even if the person you meet cannot offer you a job, they may be able to give you a recommendation for other opportunities. 

  1. Build and promote your personal brand 

Your personal brand is what people think and say about you based on the impression you make. Networking through Isempower provides an opportunity to build your brand by highlighting your unique strengths, skills, interests, and personality traits. By communicating your value and leaving a positive impression, you can stand out as a potential candidate. 

  1. Find a mentor 

Through our Isempower portal, you can connect with mentors in your industry who can offer valuable guidance and advice. Mentors can provide insights into their own career paths and the skills they’ve found useful. Look for mentors in your industry, and consider offering something in return, such as your language or cultural knowledge. 

  1. Build self-confidence for future job interviews 

Networking through Isempower can help build your confidence by allowing you to practice your elevator pitch, build relationships, and gain insight into the job market. 

  1. Share ideas with like-minded professionals 

Networking through Isempower provides an opportunity to share ideas with like-minded professionals. Discuss industry trends, share tips and best practices, and gain valuable insights into the field. 

  1. Develop meaningful professional relationships 

Networking through Isempower provides a chance to connect with other professionals in your field or related industries. By building these relationships, you can gain valuable insights, learn about potential opportunities, and expand your professional network. 

In summary, networking through Isempower is essential for international students looking to build a career in Canada. It provides opportunities to learn from other professionals, gain insights, tap into the hidden job market, build and promote your personal brand, find a mentor, build self-confidence, share ideas, and develop meaningful professional relationships. By networking effectively through Isempower, international students can build a strong foundation for career success in Canada.

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