Intercultural Career Development Program

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New for 2020 – Career Development Week for International Students: Launch your career!

We are proud to present Career Development Week for International Students: Launch Your Career taking place on campus from Monday, March 2– Thursday, March 5.

We have an exciting and informative series of workshops that will teach you about the Canadian workplace, how to build your brand, and offer you the chance to network with industry leaders and international alumni who will share about their own career paths. This is a must-attend event to start your career off right in Canada. See below for the list of events.

Please note registration is required due to space and catering (where applicable), register early. 


Culture in the Canadian Workplace

Learn about workplace culture, etiquette, employee rights, etc.

Date:  Monday, March 2, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Room: ASC 130



The Power of LinkedIn & Your Online Social Media Presence

Learn how to use your online presence to build a strong network

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm




International Student Alumni Panel

Hear from distinguished alumni about their unique career paths

Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Room: SCI 337



Building Your Brand and Networking: Presented by RBC

Learn how to present yourself and have the opportunity to mingle with industry professionals

Date:  Thursday, March 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Room: UNC 200 Ballroom



Contact if you have any questions.


Intercultural Career Development Program

The Intercultural Career Development Program (ICDP) is designed to help students navigate the Canadian job market and to identify workplace expectations while developing intercultural competency. Participants will be able to build job-search, interview and networking skills, as well as understand more about the legal requirements for working in Canada. Students receive a detailed letter of completion once they have met all the requirements for the ICDP.

Register for ICDP



Any UBC Okanagan student is welcome to register for the program, however, this program is mostly geared towards students who are close to completing their degree.

This program aims to assist students who are relatively new to the Canadian job market and is not restricted to international students. It is an excellent opportunity for any student to learn more about developing intercultural skills in the workplace.

Program outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • navigate Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) documentation requirements to support the Canadian and international workplace transition
  • identify and explore their own identities/workplace expectations in relation to the identities and expectations of others through discussion, case studies, personalized activities, and guest speakers
  • develop intercultural competence/fluency as a means to create more meaningful interview, networking, and workplace interactions (e.g. via email, meetings, and professional and social settings)
  • connect with UBC’s Alumni Relations, local alumni, regional human resource managers, and immigration specialists
  • participate in career planning sessions to identify skills, prepare for the job search, and complete up-to-date and relevant resumes and cover letters

Program outline

The ICDP is divided into four components: workshops, career preparation, networking events, and immigration. Participants must complete all four components in order to receive their letter of completion.

Participants must complete all four workshops from this section in order to satisfy the workshop component of this program. Workshops are offered twice per year (September to April).

Workshop one – Working in Canada 101

Find out what it is like to look for work in Canada and what tools you need to stand out and get ahead. Discover job preparation strategies and develop key intercultural skills that will help you secure a job.

Workshop two – Ask a hiring manager

Find out what hiring manager are really looking for when they look at your resume and cover letter. Join us for this informative question and answer session with an experienced Human Resources professional who will explain how hiring manager seek out and interview potential candidates.

Workshop three – Alumni panel

Hear from former UBC students who have successfully entered the Canadian job market and learn how they maneuvered the job market and landed their first post-UBC job. Ask questions and get inspired with real-world tips for getting hired.

Workshop four – Employment etiquette: everything you need to know

Learn more about what Canadian employers expect on the job. This workshop will cover important information as well as what to do and what not do when working in a professional setting.

(BONUS) Workshop five – The Power of LinkedIn and your online social media presence

Find out how to use LinkedIn to network and make connections. Registered ICDP members will have the chance to update their LinkedIn photo. Registration required.

Participants are required to complete one career preparation session organized by Career Services. Participants are encouraged to visit Career Services for a current listing of workshop offerings. Examples of potential workshops include:

Explore unique employment opportunities both on campus and in the community. Participants must complete at least one networking event. A complete list of acceptable networking events will be provided to ICPD participants when they register for the program. Some examples include:

All international student participants must complete one immigration information session in order to successfully meet this component. Domestic participants can replace this requirement with another networking or Career Services event with the program coordinator’s permission.


For questions about ICDP, contact International Programs & Services.