Many students send us questions asking which topic or field of study they should pursue based on existing Canadian career opportunities.
1. Career opportunities
This tutorial goes over a brand new tool launched by LinkedIn that helps students explore the full range of careers Linkedin members have pursued and/or the employers these members are working for, based on an educational background similar to yours.
2. Scholarships opportunities in Canadian universities and Colleges
This tutorial will also show you how to use this tool to also quickly and easily identify the top Canadian universities and colleges in you field of study, and determine which universities are the most likely to offer research-based graduate scholarships and fellowships for a Masters, PhD or Postdoc in your field of study. Enjoy!
Hi and welcome to STUDDYS
Today I want to share with you a new tool that has been launched by LinkedIn and it is called “Field Study Explorer“. It has been designed specifically to help students explore the wide range of career opportunities that LinkedIn members have pursued based on what they studied in school so that’s very interesting in the sense it is a tool that will help you have more clarity or find a little bit more about the different career and job opportunities that are out there based on the field of study that you would like to pursue or the degree want to obtain.
Just to demonstrate what this tool can do for you, let us take a very specific example. Let us say Wasif from Egypt is interested in pursuing a degree in Mining Engineering. What Wasif would do is go and explore more. Let’s go enter Mining Engineering just as an example. And what can you see here is that you have a variety of different option that would pop up. You just need to pick the one that you are the most interested in or that is the most related to what degree you are trying to pursue.
We will go with Mining Engineering and here what LinkedIn will do, LinkedIn will actually go back to its memberships so all the members that are on the network, on the LinkedIn network and they look at their background, their job title, where they live, so the country of their residents, as well as the Universities that they have attended.
So, and LinkedIn then takes all this data and compiles it and comes back with this visual representation of the different distributions. So, if we took this for example, “Mining Engineering”, what you can see here is that LinkedIn came back with all the people who have graduated with a Mining or Mineral Engineering Degree and they are showing us where these people are working and the sectors that they are working in. So, for example, here we can see that there is a big majority working in Engineering, but there is also people working in operation, consulting, research, program and project management, so it’s really gives us a very good insight in terms of the diverse options that are available even within one sector.
And then that’s very interesting, it really goes back and tells you the Universities that these members have attended. So, just to go back because you know we are talking about Canada, and if let’s say you are interested in studying in Canada and therefore are very much interested in knowing what kind of opportunities, career opportunities are available out there once you graduate with a Canadian Degree. In this case you need to narrow down your search to Canada.
All you have to do is go here and actually just click on Canada. Once you go back you will see that LinkedIn will just look at the members that are residing in Canada and of course who are working for Canadian based companies. These are the companies that these people, so people with an Engineering or Mining Engineering background.
These are the companies that they can or are working for so these are you know bigger corporations in the Mining sector as well as Universities and some Consulting companies and so forth. So, you know obviously you can have look on all the different employers that are available. The other thing called so that very interesting once again, you know you can see the different sub sectors so you know there is a lot of research going on in this field, also consulting so if you decide to go you know the private route and work through or open your consulting company this is also a route that you can choose or follow.
It really gives you different options,and I think what is the most important is it really illustrates that you don’t need to be restricted to just one employer or one career path but actually there are many options that are available out there that you can pursue depending on your affinity to a specific area in that sector or just what you would like to do going forward.
The other thing also that very interesting is actually here you can see what Universities these members have attended, so for example here we can see that Queen’s university, a lot of these engineers have attended Queen’s University as well as University of British Columbia, University of Alberta etc. So, as student you could actually go and look at the different programs offered by these universities but most specifically, this is really a very good indicator that these universities are conducting a lot of research in this field or in this area so your chances especially if you are looking to pursue your Masters or PhD or even Postdoc in this areas, your chances of finding a research project, a funded research project or experts or professors or researchers with research projects in this area is are very, very high.
It’s just a question of once again focusing your effort and instead of hopping from one website to the other really going and finding this specific Universities and that will be a very, very good starting point for your research.
Obviously there are many things you can do with this tool. I highly recommend that you try different options, check the Canadian Universities, also look into the employers to have a better feel of what they are looking for, so that will also really help you navigate the choices of different graduate options that are available, so just instead of choosing a random Degree, that will really help you saying okay that what I want to do.
For example, you know that’s I would love to work for “Suncor” Energy” and that’s what really are the fields or the specifics that they are looking for, so that will be very, very helpful. So that is a tool I wish I had when you know I was graduating!
LinkedIn has done an amazing job in terms of compiling this data and hopefully this will help you, just use it towards really getting some clarity in terms of where you want to go after that.
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