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international students, work experience, studying aboard


The focus of this research is the challenges faced by international students in obtaining meaningful work experience while studying abroad and its subsequent impact on their future careers. The research question was, "How does international student work experience while attending school affect their future career paths?" Employing a qualitative approach, the research examined the intricate meanings, symbols, and descriptions of international students' work experiences in order to better understand contextual factors that impact international student access to work both during studies and after their graduation. Data was collected through an online survey that was open from October 4- November 15, 2024. The research participants were international students attending college or university in Ontario who had prior work experience. 22 international students participated in the research and the data gathered explored strategies employed by international students for acquiring work experience and contributed to understanding the long-term impacts on their job prospects post-graduation.


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)


Bachelor of Social and Community Development

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Nazir, J. (2024). International students work experiences while attending post secondary education [Unpublished poster]. Sheridan College.


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