6 tips to make your Working Holiday in Canada a success
January 19, 2015
Posted in Working Holiday
For those who are still not sure what a Working Holiday Visa Canada is or does, it is a work permit granted by the Canadian Government that allows you to live and work in Canada. The whole government program is called International Experience Canada (IEC) and it manages Canada’s youth mobility arrangements with different countries around the world, which make it easier for you to obtain a work permit to travel and work in Canada for up to one year if your country is eligible for it (up to 24 months for some countries).
Working Holiday applications for Canada will be opening soon so we thought it would be worth it to suggest some important tips to consider that will help make your Working Holiday experience in Canada a success!
1. Organize your job before coming to Canada.
Doing this will help you to avoid spending your first few days trying to figure it out how to get a job in a new country where you don’t know anybody and where they may not speak the same language as you.
Booking a pre-organized program with Stepwest entitles you to gain valuable, professional advice on everything you will need to organize, even before you arrive, including how to obtain your work permit and visa. Besides that, participation in a pre-organized program will give you other benefits such as meeting other people, orientation sessions to help you get settled more quickly and a point of contact during your whole stay that will be able to help you anytime.
2. Be open to a variety of work options.
You are armed with the right skills for your current occupation in your home country, but take into account you may not be able to find a job on the same you are working right now. The working holiday visa will allow you to enjoy your stay in Canada doing something different! Be open to learning new job skills during your Working Holiday in Canada as this can also help you improve your skills sets and perhaps even earn more money to travel with.
3. Get informed about the city you are going to.
Spend some time researching the area that you are going to, finding out about the culture and local way of life. Discover what there is for you to do and start making a list of all the places you want to visit. This will really get you excited for your upcoming experience, and trust us, in BC there is lots to do! The better informed you are, the more enjoyable of an experience you will have during your Working Holiday in Canada.
4. Be ready for a change.
One of the main reasons why some people give up on their experiences and return home so quickly is because they do not understand how to handle and embrace the changes that are part of a Working Holiday experience Canada. This is something you will go through; so we want you to be aware and prepared for how to handle it.
As we mentioned above, getting informed about where you are going in advance will help you a lot, but so does being open to a new experience. Researching things like climate conditions, industries or jobs in the city, how the banking system works etc., could really help you to feel more prepared for the adventure, but try to feel open to and excited by unknown possibilities too!
5. Be open to meeting new people.
Don’t lock yourself away in your room once you arrive to Canada; force yourself to get out and start meeting new people. Start meeting the people you will be working with and go to social places like bars, restaurants, cafes, parks or gyms.
It is always a good idea to make friends with any fellow expats in the area as they can be a great source of support. You should also try to make some local friends – this is a great way get to know the local culture more intimately.
6. Remember that this will be a “Working Holiday” experience.
You did not come all the way to Canada from your home country just to get a job, right? Take time to travel, explore and experience the new culture too! Of course, you need to do your job well and work professionally, but you can find ways to get know the place where you are and have fun in your free time too!
Are ready now to start preparing your Working Holiday experience in Canada? If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and from a participating eligible country, we can help you to complete your dream to live and work in Canada through our Working Holiday Programs, either in Vancouver through the Working Holiday City Job Program or in The Rockies through our Working Holiday Resort Job Program!
The 2015 IEC visa release date has not yet been announced, but you can book your Working Holiday program Canada in advance with us to receive advice about how to apply for it and start organizing your working experience in Canada! Soon you could be traveling and exploring Canada while making money!
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