Career Paths of International Development Studies Graduates in Canada 1

Career Paths

Are you a student or recent graduate ofInternational Development Studies and worried about what kind of job you will be able tofind? ▪ Are you wondering what you can do now to increase your opportunities for future employment – whether you should study abroad,how important it is to take courses in second languages or economics, and how to find work when job postings always seem to require 3-5 years of experience? ▪career-paths-of-international-development

A new research project by Professors RebeccaTiessen at the University of Ottawa and John Cameron at Dalhousie University has answersto a lot of these questions. ▪ They asked almost 2,000 graduates of fourteenIDS programs across Canada questions about their career paths from graduation to theircurrent employment. Most of the respondents were in their late20s and had about 7 years of work experience – so their responses may be relevant toyou. ▪

Here are some of most important researchresults for current students: ▪ The research show that IDS graduates findwell-paying, satisfying professional jobs related to their degrees in a wide range offields. ▪ They work for all levels of government,in the private sector and in the non-profit sector, mostly in Canada but also in manyother countries around the world. ▪ Over 65% of IDS grads earned over $40,000a year and over 40% earned over $60,000. ▪

Even more important, over 80% of IDS gradswere satisfied or very satisfied with their career path. ▪ IDS graduates are also highly educated. More than half already had an additional degreebeyond the Bachelor’s level and almost 50% had plans to pursue further education andprofessional training. ▪

IDS grads also had some really importantadvice about the skills that helped them to find jobs, in particular management skills,networking, writing and communication skills, financial management and budgeting skills,second language skills and computer skills. ▪ If you’d like to learn more about thisresearch project and finding a job with an IDS degree, check out our website:

Study in Canada at the Peel Schools for International Students

Welcometo the Peel District School Board, one of Canada’slargest school boards, and home to the Peel Academyfor International Students. Located at Clarkson Secondary Schoolin Mississauga, the Peel Academyfor International Students is just 20 minutes from downtown Torontoand Pearson International Airport.

Our international program is designedwith student success in mind. From understanding our cultureand learning our way of life, to language acquisitionand credit accumulation – the focus is alwayson creating the solid foundation our students needto achieve future goals. In Peel,we provide high quality education to support the academicand social achievement of every student.

Each of our international students experiences an intensiveEnglish as a Second Language program, designed to help them learn Englishas quickly as possible. Success in Englishis certainly one of our top priorities, and to help achieve this,we ensure learning the language goes beyond the ESL classroom. During orientation,international students are paired with a Canadian peer,who acts as their mentor, and in many cases,becomes a good friend.

[Tony Pontes] Every year,we welcome thousands of students from around the world, including international studentsand students who have immigrated to Canadawith their families. At Clarkson Secondary School, we have a proud and a rich traditionof academic excellence and our educatorshave incredible experience helping students to developstrong English language skills. We inspire success, confidence, and hopein every student.

We’re honoured to be the placewhere the world comes to learn, and we look forwardto welcoming you to Canada. We are confidentthat you will benefit from the unique partnershipbetween the Peel District School Board, the University of Toronto Mississauga,and Sheridan College at the Peel Academyfor International Students. [narrator] Students will be placedin some classes with other Canadian students, so they have the opportunityto earn credits and practice their language skills.

Our expert counsellorswork with students to provide flexible timetables and to support themto obtain the credits they need to graduatewith their high school diploma. We also encourage international studentsto get involved in school life, through a varietyof school teams and clubs, all offering more opportunitiesto practice English. Our staff are focused – committedto helping all students succeed. International students have accessto counselling and settlement support, specific to their needs. We partnerwith University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College to ensure our international studentsare prepared for postsecondary success.

[Diane Crocker] The reallyexciting thing about the Peel Academy for International Studentsis that it’s a collaboration between not only University of Torontoand the Peel District School Board, but also the Sheridan Institute,which is also very close by, and University of Toronto hascollaborative agreements with Sheridan, so that studentswho study at Sheridan can actually transferinto a, uh, second year program at the University of Torontoafter doing two years at Sheridan.

[Jeff Zabudsky]As president of Sheridan College, I’m really proud to be involved with the Peel Academyfor International Students because the workthat the academy is doing is all about student success. Having a good, strong foundationin English language is going to serve studentswho study in our system very, very well. And if you have a good foundationin English, they’re going to be good studentsacross, uh, the range of different programs and coursesthat they’re taking, while they’re studyinghere in Canada.

[narrator] At Clarkson,our students are often accepted into top universities and collegesthroughout Canada and around the world. Famous graduates include Professor of Physicsat University of Ontario, Rupinder Brar, Rhodes Scholar, Kofi Hope, record producer multi-instrumentalist, Don Kerr, City TV personality, Francis D’Souza,

[Cathy Patterson]We have wonderful staff here, and we also havea large committee of teachers who are really interestedin welcoming the international students,particularly, so in additionto our ESL teachers who are really planningexcellent programs for you, there are all kinds of teachersin the school who are gonna be welcoming youand planning orientation activities to help you not onlyacclimatize yourself to Clarkson, but to the Clarkson community,and to the city and province as a whole.

[narrator]Beyond their school experience, our international students can exploremany top tourist attractions. We’re locatednear the beautiful city of Toronto, the CN Tower, Niagara Falls,Canada’s Wonderland, Algonquin Park,and many other world-class sites. Our homestay program is designed to provide studentswith a home away from home. Students are welcomedby their host family, and have the chanceto experience Canadian family life.

Through experienceswith their host family, students havemany additional opportunities to practice their English skills. We are student focused, forward thinking, caring, and committedto the success of each student. The choice is clear. Choose the Peel Academyfor International Students as the place to study abroad,the place to learn, grow, and succeed. Your future starts at the Peel Academyfor International Students. [music fades out]

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