Professional Development

Connecting with Employers

We offer a number ways to better help connect our students to employers, including:

Career Coaching 

Get career ready with the help of a career coach. This part of the program focuses on improving your overall job search abilities through the provision of one-on-one employment services, group workshops and online training. Areas covered include job searching and goals, resume and cover letters, career planning, interviewing, and more.  If you're unemployed or underemployed we can refer you to an Employment Ontario Job Coach at  JVS or another local EO service provider.

After you have completed your foundation program successfully, all students can also apply to access one-on-one Professional career coaching delivered by coaching professionals working with the IEP program.

Job Search Workshops

Prepare for a successful job search by attending workshops that give you insights and tips on strategies to succeed.  While completing your certificate you will be invited to workshops exclusively for IEP program participants on topics such as Professional Branding, Social Media and LinkedIn, Interview Skills and Networking. You can also participate in York University’s Career Conversation Panels or view the Career Centre’s videos, useful handouts on job searching and resources on line.

Internships 

Hone your skills - gain Canadian experience. Practice your newly acquired knowledge and skills while working for an employer in a paid internship. You will gain Canadian work experience and exposure, extend your network, possibly gain a professional reference and enhance your ability to get a job. If you prove your abilities, employers may even wish to hire you!  Some of the paid internship programs available to IEPs include CareerEdge, the Ontario Public Service Internship Programs for Internationally Trained Individuals and the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program.

Professional Mentoring 

Learn-unlearn-relearn-share. Mentors help empower new Canadians and ease the transition into the job market by giving you insights into your profession, Canadian Business Culture and networking. Our partner JVS will connect eligible students to The Mentoring Partnership program, where skilled immigrants are matched with mentors in their field.  Students will also be given an opportunity to be mentored by an IEP program Alumni so they can connect with a peer who has found success in Canada after a similar journey.  We will also refer and update you to other networking and mentorship opportunities in the GTA.

Career Fairs and Job Search

Career Fairs are a great place to meet new employers and network with companies that you may be interested in applying to.  Every year the IEP Bridging Program students are invited to York University’s Career Fairs in the Fall and Winter terms.  In 2019 and 2020 we will organize Career Fairs exclusively for program students and alumni, to support you to learn more about services and network, see past events.

Our other partners include Professions North who supports you to find employment in Northern Ontario and Magnet which give IEPs an opportunity to link with employment on-line.

Regularly we circulate information to all our students you so you can connect to employment opportunities, job fairs and networking events held in the York Region and GTA

If you are a current student who is interested in one of the opportunities listed above, please contact the IEP Office at makemore@yorku.ca.