Helping international students acquire job application skills

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 6, 2017 9:00 a.m.

“Breaking Barriers” is a day-long session that opens job opportunities for international students. Shown here are Enactus Regina students from the U of R, mentors and international students. The event’s co-project managers were students (l-r) Shafeeka Sayyid and Marion Idun.
“Breaking Barriers” is a day-long session that opens job opportunities for international students. Shown here are Enactus Regina students from the U of R, mentors and international students. The event’s co-project managers were students (l-r) Shafeeka Sayyid and Marion Idun. Photo courtesy of Monica Purewal - environmental engineering student

Some U of R students are helping international students acquire skills to apply for jobs.

“Breaking Barriers” is a day-long session hosted by students from various faculties who are members of the group Enactus Regina.

The next session is March 10, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Education Building (ED 616). This will build on the success of the workshops that have been taking place for four years. The one last fall attracted more than 30 international students as well as the mentors.  

Breaking Barriers
Students Mentos Zeyad Aboudheir and Cassie Eskra worked with international student Macarena Hevia on developing her resume and cover letter. Photo courtesy of Monica Purewal

That session attracted about a dozen people from the local business community also took part by leading seminars and conducting speed-networking sessions.

“The event was a success with guest speakers and student volunteers around to help international students with developing their skill set, adapting into the Canadian community and making friends,” says Marion Idun, a third-year business student majoring in accounting. “It was fun learning how to say ‘hi’ in different languages, and I would definitely recommend this event to everybody.”

The workshops cover resumé and cover letter writing, networking and interview skills.  

Some of the topics covered by guest speakers include:

  • Avoiding scams on the online job hunt
  • Resumé building
  • Boosting your interview skills
  • Networking

Students were also offered the opportunity to network with business professionals in the community.

“It is not easy coming to a completely new place, and leaving all your friends and family behind. Breaking barriers is about more than just giving international students career help. It’s also a safe and fun place for any student who’s looking for a community of good people who are just wanting to help,” says Shafeeka Sayyid, a third-year business student. “The day was a great success, it was full of learning, new experiences and great vibes.”

The day was made possible thanks to contributions from the Better Business Bureau, Deloitte, CIBC, MNP, Virtus Group and participation from many local organizations.

Enactus Regina is a team of more than 50 students, faculty and community members working to create change locally. Students from all faculties take part.

To register for the next Breaking Barriers session March 10, please visit here for contact information.

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