Video Series: Increasing Employment Opportunities for International Engineering Graduates
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) has developed the following series of videos to assist international engineering graduates who are looking to get hired by engineering companies in Ontario.
The research for this video series was based on interviews with international engineering graduates and engineering employers across Ontario. The results of the research that these videos were based on were published in our research report, From the World to the Workforce: Hiring and Recruitment Perceptions of Engineering Employers and Internationally Trained Engineers in Ontario.
This video segment introduces you to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and explains the benefits of becoming an OSPE member. It will provide you with an overview of our 6-video series, specifically designed to help you navigate the licensure and job hunting processes as an International Engineering Graduate in Ontario.
Section 1: Skills and Competencies
In this section, the difference between hard and soft skills is examined. This section also describes the importance of highlighting your soft skills when presenting yourself to engineering companies here in Ontario. The five quality-based criteria that PEO uses to evaluate work experience is briefly outlined in this video clip.
Section 2: The PEO Licensing Process
Section 2 explains the P.Eng. designation issued by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the importance that Ontario engineering employers assign to it. The stages of the PEO licensing process are also described.
Section 3: Understanding the Importance of Common Organizational Structures
Section 3 clarifies what is meant by “experience” in the eyes of Ontario engineering employers. Three organizational structures are examined along with the meaning of experience obtained within each structure. The video also highlights how to articulate your experience for different types of organizations, and the importance of adaptability.
Section 4: Customizing Your Résumé for Different Types of Organizations
This section provides tips on how to customize a résumé for different types of organizational structures, as each type of organizational structure tend to focus on different attributes when hiring.
Section 5: Preparing for Telephone and In-Person Interviews
Section 5 provides some sample interview questions alongside sample responses to those questions. The video also identifies the type of information employers are looking for when they ask the sample interview questions. This section describes how to customize your responses based on the type of organization you’ve applied to, and also provides some tips for following up after an interview and how to prepare for a job offer.
Section 6: OSPE Programs and Services
This video segment describes some of the professional development courses and events that the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) offers to help you in various stages of your career and licensure process. OSPE’s bridging program for internationally trained engineers is highlighted.
This project is funded by the Government of Ontario