In early December, Fanshawe College will welcome 3,000 international students to its campuses for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition to studying at the College, they will be searching for part-time work for up to 20 hours per week.

Fanshawe’s Career Services has an important role in preparing these students, most of whom will work in retail and service-type roles and fill much-needed positions within the London and area labour market.

To ensure they are job search ready, Career Services will present Fanshawe Works on December 20 and 21, 2021. This two-day workshop will focus on resume writing, networking, workplace etiquette, interview and job search skills and more. The program, unique to Fanshawe, helps students understand the job marketplace and the realities of working in Canada before they begin their academic programming.

“Our international students come with a strong desire to gain Canadian work experience,” says Darlene O’Neill, executive director, Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services. “Fanshawe Works gives them the head start they require to be successful in our labour market.”

According to Statistics Canada, Canada had more than one million unfilled positions at the beginning of September. More than 196,000 of these vacancies were in the accommodation and food services sector and 121,700 vacancies were in the retail trade sector. Employers in the London region have indicated a requirement to fill these types of vacancies.

Employers interested in hiring Fanshawe students can email

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