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    Did any of you go about applying for jobs before you actually headed over there? I'm considering doing this as I've always loved Canada but I'm a bit wary about paying and then ending up on my own for the entire trip! I have travelled to Canada a couple of times so I have some friends there who are happy to have me stay with them while I need to etc, but I was really just curious as to whether you could apply for jobs and positions whilst still in England.
    I've heard it's pretty difficult because people will see your response location and straight away think "lots of red tape/visa requirements"
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    (Original post by wordsearch)
    Did any of you go about applying for jobs before you actually headed over there? I'm considering doing this as I've always loved Canada but I'm a bit wary about paying and then ending up on my own for the entire trip! I have travelled to Canada a couple of times so I have some friends there who are happy to have me stay with them while I need to etc, but I was really just curious as to whether you could apply for jobs and positions whilst still in England.
    I didn't apply for jobs before I got out there as I was just looking for retail jobs mainly and they like to see up face-to-face right from the start so decided just to wait until I got out there. But some people I knew with more specialised experience than me did apply before they got out there and so had interviews lined up for as soon as they arrived. I browsed some of the job sites like monster.ca and workopolis.ca before I went out there just to get an idea of what was going. So if you know the sort of thing you are looking for then I would definitely say you can apply before you get out there. I used Swap's address on my initial resumes before I had a house sorted as they will store your mail for you.
    I was worried about ending up on my own, but don't worry I think it's pretty much impossible to. You'll end up meeting so many people through hostels and swap events and then through your job.
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    (Original post by wordsearch)
    Did any of you go about applying for jobs before you actually headed over there? I'm considering doing this as I've always loved Canada but I'm a bit wary about paying and then ending up on my own for the entire trip! I have travelled to Canada a couple of times so I have some friends there who are happy to have me stay with them while I need to etc, but I was really just curious as to whether you could apply for jobs and positions whilst still in England.

    Hi there,

    Most Canadian employers (like UK ones) prefer to meet you before they offer you a position. However, I would definitely recommend doing some research before you go out there so you can see what companies you might like to apply to and possibly drop them an email or call. Participants on BUNAC's Work Canada programme have the advantage of job-hunting advice and support from SWAP's offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

    Feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions, the programme will be opening during this month.

    Thanks, www.bunac.org.uk/workcanada
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    http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...=eng&menu_id=7 Website has been updated with new info and sample application forms.

    They have merged student and non student but now everyone can apply for two one years .

    I am starting to get excited now, need to get out of my overdraft and start saving!

    Was hoping they would change the fact you had to have a medical to work with children but no luck there. Still trying to decide whether to get one or not, so expensive!
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    (Original post by shoegirl)
    http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...=eng&menu_id=7 Website has been updated with new info and sample application forms.

    They have merged student and non student but now everyone can apply for two one years .
    I saw this too, am sending off for my police check tomorrow.

    Only thing about merging them though is that it's not so great if you wanted to apply for a student one (like I was) because now there's total limit of 5,000 whereas before while the non-student ones used to run out, the student ones didn't. So I'm thinking that I'm definitely going to get in there quick, just in case! Though there is then the option of going through BUNAC as a backup, though I'd much prefer to do it direct.
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    I saw this too, am sending off for my police check tomorrow.

    Only thing about merging them though is that it's not so great if you wanted to apply for a student one (like I was) because now there's total limit of 5,000 whereas before while the non-student ones used to run out, the student ones didn't. So I'm thinking that I'm definitely going to get in there quick, just in case! Though there is then the option of going through BUNAC as a backup, though I'd much prefer to do it direct.
    Just make sure you get that police check sent tomorrow. Apparently if you go for the standard service they will take the full 10 working days minimum, plus all of the postage times. A slight concern considering the direct route opens next week.

    I've decided to stick with BUNAC, just so I don't have anything to worry about throughout the process and whilst out there. Especially as this will be my first time away from home. Moving abroad probably brings more challenges to this too!
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    I saw this too, am sending off for my police check tomorrow.

    Only thing about merging them though is that it's not so great if you wanted to apply for a student one (like I was) because now there's total limit of 5,000 whereas before while the non-student ones used to run out, the student ones didn't. So I'm thinking that I'm definitely going to get in there quick, just in case! Though there is then the option of going through BUNAC as a backup, though I'd much prefer to do it direct.

    I don't qualify for the non-student so excited by the two year option but it's annoying for you guys who could have got the student one.
    I'm a bit worried about it all running out too. Need to find someone to sign the police check thing and get passport photos (which I always find tramatic). Still can't decided whether to go direct or through bunac.
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    (Original post by shoegirl)
    I don't qualify for the non-student so excited by the two year option but it's annoying for you guys who could have got the student one.
    I'm a bit worried about it all running out too. Need to find someone to sign the police check thing and get passport photos (which I always find tramatic). Still can't decided whether to go direct or through bunac.
    I think it all depends on if you've been travelling before... and are you going on your own (I speak to so many people about this, I'm sure I've probably asked loads of times :P )
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    I've travelled before and would be going on my own.

    In the past I've travelled and volunteered abroad with people and alone.

    I'm a bit worried about finding a job so like the idea of Bunac and SWAP in that respect as extra support/advice. My experience is mainly in the same field of work and whilst I'm not fussed about what job I do in Canada I don't have a lot of experience in different jobs.
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    (Original post by shoegirl)
    I've travelled before and would be going on my own.

    In the past I've travelled and volunteered abroad with people and alone.

    I'm a bit worried about finding a job so like the idea of Bunac and SWAP in that respect as extra support/advice. My experience is mainly in the same field of work and whilst I'm not fussed about what job I do in Canada I don't have a lot of experience in different jobs.
    Yeah I quite like the idea of being able to just drop into the SWAP office in Toronto and speak to them about jobs and other stuff. SIN, bank accounts and mobiles are pretty straight forward to set up with 5 minutes of google work, but it always helps to talk through job related stuff with a local.
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    Yeah I quite like the idea of being able to just drop into the SWAP office in Toronto and speak to them about jobs and other stuff. SIN, bank accounts and mobiles are pretty straight forward to set up with 5 minutes of google work, but it always helps to talk through job related stuff with a local.
    If I did Work Canada again, think I'd just go through Bunac again just as you say, for the benefits of having swap out there and it did take some of the hassle out whilst applying. I did use the swap office a lot for job and house hunting and whenever I had questions about things like banking and tax returns (which I know nothing about!) I would just call in and get advice.
    Just put my mind at ease as I was travelling on my own. Plus some of the close friends I made out there I met through swap events.
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    Sounds like the BUNAC Canada team are more useful than the NZ one....never heard anything good about them!

    Had a strange experience today....while paying in some money at HSBC I mentioned that I'd be coming in next week with a form for my Canadian visa and I'd need it to be stamped to prove I had more than £1,800 in my bank - could I just come to the desk or would I have to see someone else? The lady behind the desk gave me the weirdest look ever! She said "no, we wouldn't be able to do that" and I was just like...say what? She wouldn't really go into specifics as clearly it seemed like such a mad prospect to her, so I just said I'd come in with the form next week and they could take a look. Proper weird as...I'm still quite confused as to what the problem was.

    Never mind, I'm sure if they don't like the form then I can try and persuade them to part with a stamped statement :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    Sounds like the BUNAC Canada team are more useful than the NZ one....never heard anything good about them!

    Had a strange experience today....while paying in some money at HSBC I mentioned that I'd be coming in next week with a form for my Canadian visa and I'd need it to be stamped to prove I had more than £1,800 in my bank - could I just come to the desk or would I have to see someone else? The lady behind the desk gave me the weirdest look ever! She said "no, we wouldn't be able to do that" and I was just like...say what? She wouldn't really go into specifics as clearly it seemed like such a mad prospect to her, so I just said I'd come in with the form next week and they could take a look. Proper weird as...I'm still quite confused as to what the problem was.

    Never mind, I'm sure if they don't like the form then I can try and persuade them to part with a stamped statement :rolleyes:
    A fair few people have been saying about this on the facebook page. Natwest and HSBC have come up, with both people are saying that they've been told the letter needs to be sent off to their head office for a stamp.

    Just seems to be a complete waste of time when the cashier has a branch stamp and access to account info right there.
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    So what are the MAIN advantages of going with BUNAC rather than directly through the canadian embassy?

    So far, all I see is that they help you out with taxes and phone line - i can handle that myself.

    This job directory thing, does it guarantee me a job when I get there (i expect not!). And what exactly is SWAP and these socials that I read about. And where abouts (how many offices) are there. And BUNAC socials, whats the crack with those? Are there many? Where are there? Just seems to double the price if I go with BUNAC (maybe I'm calculating wrong!). So far, with police certificate and visa im at ~£150 (over estimation at that!), though I'm sure there are other things I need to get sorted (medical maybe, travel insurance, think thats all actually!). BUNAC give you two nights at a hostel, whcih might cost around £30?

    Not trying to dissuade anyone from going with BUNAC, more trying to find a way to persuade myself to pay the extras to go with BUNAC.

    Cheers
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    (Original post by BillyM)
    So what are the MAIN advantages of going with BUNAC rather than directly through the canadian embassy?

    So far, all I see is that they help you out with taxes and phone line - i can handle that myself.

    This job directory thing, does it guarantee me a job when I get there (i expect not!). And what exactly is SWAP and these socials that I read about. And where abouts (how many offices) are there. And BUNAC socials, whats the crack with those? Are there many? Where are there? Just seems to double the price if I go with BUNAC (maybe I'm calculating wrong!). So far, with police certificate and visa im at ~£150 (over estimation at that!), though I'm sure there are other things I need to get sorted (medical maybe, travel insurance, think thats all actually!). BUNAC give you two nights at a hostel, whcih might cost around £30?

    Not trying to dissuade anyone from going with BUNAC, more trying to find a way to persuade myself to pay the extras to go with BUNAC.

    Cheers
    I'm using BUNAC because I'm a first time traveller and I like the peace of mind that I can drop in at a SWAP centre and talk to someone about jobs etc and not have to deal directly with the visa application process as BUNAC deal with that. I've read from some people that the SWAP socials are a particularly good way to meet people if you are on your own!

    It wont double up your costs if you avoid taking the insurance and flights they offer. It will simply add £254.
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    I'm using BUNAC because I'm a first time traveller and I like the peace of mind that I can drop in at a SWAP centre and talk to someone about jobs etc and not have to deal directly with the visa application process as BUNAC deal with that. I've read from some people that the SWAP socials are a particularly good way to meet people if you are on your own!

    It wont double up your costs if you avoid taking the insurance and flights they offer. It will simply add £254.
    That's without the visa though right? Looking at this page: http://www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada/applying.aspx

    Seems that it comes to around £305 without the visa, in comparison to my £135 (for visa + police check cert.). That's an extra £170 for the SWAP office and socials (and for organising the visa though if you can't be bothered to do that yourself, then you should probably go with BUNAC because finding a job will probably more hard work than that). It seems SWAP is another company anyway, couldn't I just walk into a SWAP office and say I'm a traveller looking for work, how much do you want to let me sift through your directories and get on the socials?

    EDIT: And that cost doesn't include the police cert.! That's another £35, that's £340!? How is BUNAC not profiting?!
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    (Original post by BillyM)
    That's without the visa though right? Looking at this page: http://www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada/applying.aspx

    Seems that it comes to around £305 without the visa, in comparison to my £135 (for visa + police check cert.). That's an extra £170 for the SWAP office and socials (and for organising the visa though if you can't be bothered to do that yourself, then you should probably go with BUNAC because finding a job will probably more hard work than that). It seems SWAP is another company anyway, couldn't I just walk into a SWAP office and say I'm a traveller looking for work, how much do you want to let me sift through your directories and get on the socials?

    EDIT: And that cost doesn't include the police cert.! That's another £35, that's £340!? How is BUNAC not profiting?!
    I totally agree with you - I don't really know what you'd be paying extra for...but then again, if people have the extra £170 or whatever spare and they're a bit nervous then go for it, it's their money.

    I think BUNAC have their advertising spot on - they suggest that the visa process is difficult and a hassle etc etc, when really most of the things you need (police check, proof of funds) you have to do yourself anyway and so all that is left...is filling out a few forms, which I'm sure you have to do with BUNAC at some point

    One advantage BUNAC does have....they have 'reserved' visa places. If you apply direct with the Canadian gov, then there's 5,000 places max, while for BUNAC...I'm not sure. They reserve you a place as soon as you pay while with the High Commission it'll be a bit of a waiting game for a while.

    If you're looking to apply direct, I'd advise you to start organising quick, for the above reasons.
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    (Original post by BillyM)
    That's without the visa though right? Looking at this page: http://www.bunac.org/uk/workcanada/applying.aspx

    Seems that it comes to around £305 without the visa, in comparison to my £135 (for visa + police check cert.). That's an extra £170 for the SWAP office and socials (and for organising the visa though if you can't be bothered to do that yourself, then you should probably go with BUNAC because finding a job will probably more hard work than that). It seems SWAP is another company anyway, couldn't I just walk into a SWAP office and say I'm a traveller looking for work, how much do you want to let me sift through your directories and get on the socials?

    EDIT: And that cost doesn't include the police cert.! That's another £35, that's £340!? How is BUNAC not profiting?!
    That link is for last year btw.
    That £305 you've come to on that link includes the visa. Email SWAP [email protected] I can't imagine they would allow it though
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    That link is for last year btw.
    That £305 you've come to on that link includes the visa. Email SWAP [email protected] I can't imagine they would allow it though
    Yeah I know its last years, i couldnt find a break down for this year.
    It says £249 for work canada information :\ that doesn't sound right....
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    Anyone know when the Bunac Work Canada for 2011/2012 is opening? There's no information yet on the website because it hasn't opened, and I can't really go by last year's info cos I think some things have changed, like the parameters for qualifying as a student. Also, I don't know if I need to get a new police certificate cos I have one but it's from January 2010.
 
 
 
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