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Gaining valuable work experience while travelling may be easier than you think

Spending time in another part of the world while earning money or taking the next step in our career is a dream for many of us. Turning that dream into reality can be easier than you think.

International Experience Canada is a Government of Canada program that provides a path for youth ages 18 to 35 to work and travel abroad for up to 2 years in more than 30 partner countries and territories. Under International Experience Canada, work permits are generally easier to get, less expensive, more flexible and are processed more quickly than other types of work permits.

If you are interested in gaining valuable international work experience while travelling the world, here are some opportunities to consider:

International co-op/internship. An ideal option for post-secondary students, this path lets young people start their career off strong by getting experience in their field while developing life-long connections and a global mindset. It’s an exciting way to prepare for success – research shows that youth with international experience are more likely to be employed later.

Working holiday. This is perfect for those who want to experience the world while working to discover personal strengths and find inspiration. Imagine taking your lunch break at the best ramen noodle house in Tokyo, backpacking through the luscious rainforests of Costa Rica, or unwinding on a beach in Australia after a long day on the job.

Professional development. Those who are in the early or middle stages of their careers might think they’ve missed the boat on travel, but international work experience can take a career to the next level. Taking on a role in another country can help young professionals learn new approaches to doing business and gain experience working on teams with diverse cultural backgrounds – all valuable when applying for leadership and more senior positions.

Find more information on work and travel abroad at canada.ca/iec.

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