Monthly Archives: November 2014

So Who Needs Math?

study mathThere are those that love Math; in fact some, like my son, think it more exciting than a good English novel; but for most of us Math is one of those subjects to endure.  We study Math, but grudgingly, without enthusiasm and we barely make the grade.  At the earliest possible time, we drop it from our list of courses we study.  But should we?

Math is everywhere, in almost everything we do.  You need Math to tell the time of day and to estimate how long it will take to get somewhere or to do something.  We use Math in sewing, cooking, business and technology.  It seems it is one of those subjects we shouldn’t neglect.

This is especially true if you are planning on studying abroad in a country like Canada.  Most universities have Math as an admission requirement for some if not all of their faculties.  For example, if you are planning on studying Business, Medicine, the Sciences or Engineering at a major university in Canada, you will want to take Grade 12 Math (or its equivalent, i.e.:  A2 level Math or AP Math)

Even if you are planning on studying in the Faculty of Arts at a Canadian university or college you most likely will be required to have two Sciences or one Math and one Science.

So don’t forget to add Math to your study timetable.  You may find you need it in the future.

If you are reviewing Canadian colleges and universities and trying to decide what admission requirements you should have so you can study at your institution of choice, and you need assistance in understanding what you need, contact a veteran in the field at Alberta Rose Education Centre.  Their main international recruitment consultant has over 27 years of Canadian post-secondary education experience.


How to Write a Resume for Canadian Employers

work-resumeBefore the how-to’s it is important to distinguish between a CV and a resume.  What is the difference?

The main differences between the two are length, layout and purpose.  A resume is usually only one to two pages and is a brief summary of your skills and experiences whereas a CV is detailed and can stretch up to even four or more pages.  If you are inexperienced, a new graduate and looking for your first job in Canada, a resume is what you will be presenting when you apply for employment in Canada.  If you are a PhD graduate, have extensive work experience or are applying for a professional designation, you will most likely present a CV.

If you are an international student studying at one of Canada’s universities or colleges, their Career Services or International Centres often have services that help students prepare a Canada employer friendly resume.  Additionally, the Canadian government has put together some excellent instructions on how to make an employment resume.  Therefore, it seems redundant to rehash what is already so well written; rather I should point you towards the Canadian links and rather point out what should not be included in a resume that you would send to apply for a job in Canada.

Do not include:

  • Personal information such as your religion, your ethnicity or your parents’ name.  For example, you do not need to state that you are the son of, the daughter of, the wife of so and so.  Usually you do not need to include your gender.  Canadian employers must provide equal opportunity employment opportunities.  You can include any language skills that you have.
  • Your national ID number such as a Social Insurance Number or a national ID number from your home country.  Neither should you include your passport number.

International students in Canada can work up to 20 hours per week on or off campus while they are a student and full time when they are having holidays.  There are also excellent post-graduate employment opportunities in Canada.