Getting a job in Canada with a US MBA


dittdogg

With the problem of H1B Visa in the US, the main deterrent for foreign students choosing a US MBA over a Canadian one, i have one strategy in mind.

How about doing an MBA in a US school and getting a job in canada post MBA, if things dont work out in the US?

Is this a good strategy? how easy is it to get a job in canada with a US mba over a local canadian MBA ?

My alternatives in canada are:

Schulich [Applied on 7th Jan '14 but not heard from them yet]
John molson
Alberta uni. mba

[By the way, i have already got an admit from Rotman, but the tuition fee is huge, so im looking at alternatives]

With the problem of H1B Visa in the US, the main deterrent for foreign students choosing a US MBA over a Canadian one, i have one strategy in mind.

How about doing an MBA in a US school and getting a job in canada post MBA, if things dont work out in the US?

Is this a good strategy? how easy is it to get a job in canada with a US mba over a local canadian MBA ?

My alternatives in canada are:

Schulich [Applied on 7th Jan '14 but not heard from them yet]
John molson
Alberta uni. mba

[By the way, i have already got an admit from Rotman, but the tuition fee is huge, so im looking at alternatives]
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Duncan

A Canadian MBA assures you of a work permit in Canada; a US one does not.

A Canadian MBA assures you of a work permit in Canada; a US one does not.
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dittdogg

That is correct. But i believe that qualified professionals are welcomed by provinces such as Ontario and Alberta.

The reason i am considering the US MBA is because of the better job options available and lower standard of living in the US, compared to Canada, particularly Ontario.

My question is, are US mba's recognized in Canada to get a job? Or would the Canada MBA route + 3 year Work permit be a better option, considering that i will be specializing in marketing during my MBA.

That is correct. But i believe that qualified professionals are welcomed by provinces such as Ontario and Alberta.

The reason i am considering the US MBA is because of the better job options available and lower standard of living in the US, compared to Canada, particularly Ontario.

My question is, are US mba's recognized in Canada to get a job? Or would the Canada MBA route + 3 year Work permit be a better option, considering that i will be specializing in marketing during my MBA.



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Duncan

The issue isn't recognition, it's the work permit.

The issue isn't recognition, it's the work permit.
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Razors Edg...

In any case, you'd have to find an employer who is willing to front a substantial cost to sponsor your work/residency permit.

I would imagine that if you did a top ten MBA - Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, etc., and had a well-defined profile whose skills are demanded by firms in Canada, then you'd have some leverage.

If those variables were tweaked (say if you were a run-of-the mill IT professional with an MBA from an unranked school in the US, for instance) - your chances would not be so good.

Personally I'd opt for Schulich if you speak only English, or Molson if you speak French.

In any case, you'd have to find an employer who is willing to front a substantial cost to sponsor your work/residency permit.

I would imagine that if you did a top ten MBA - Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, etc., and had a well-defined profile whose skills are demanded by firms in Canada, then you'd have some leverage.

If those variables were tweaked (say if you were a run-of-the mill IT professional with an MBA from an unranked school in the US, for instance) - your chances would not be so good.

Personally I'd opt for Schulich if you speak only English, or Molson if you speak French.
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sinbaddang

All my Canadian friends said that there are millions of jobs in Canada. Normally students have no difficulty finding jobs after graduating. Wonder it;s true?

All my Canadian friends said that there are millions of jobs in Canada. Normally students have no difficulty finding jobs after graduating. Wonder it;s true?
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Duncan

Looks at the placement reports.

Looks at the placement reports.
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Razors Edg...

All my Canadian friends said that there are millions of jobs in Canada. Normally students have no difficulty finding jobs after graduating. Wonder it;s true?

It depends. Fortunately, Canada has pretty good visa policies for students who study there, and as far as I know most master's-level grads get at least a two-year work visa after graduation. This helps, in that firms that do have jobs don't have to sponsor your visa. Of course, as Duncan points out, your career prospects also depend on what MBA program you attend and how you can leverage the school's career resources and networks.

But this user was talking about trying to get a job there after doing an MBA in the US, which would be more difficult because s/he wouldn't have a Canadian work visa. Canadian companies are more likely to hire somebody who can already work there legally.

<blockquote>All my Canadian friends said that there are millions of jobs in Canada. Normally students have no difficulty finding jobs after graduating. Wonder it;s true?</blockquote>
It depends. Fortunately, Canada has pretty good visa policies for students who study there, and as far as I know most master's-level grads get at least a two-year work visa after graduation. This helps, in that firms that do have jobs don't have to sponsor your visa. Of course, as Duncan points out, your career prospects also depend on what MBA program you attend and how you can leverage the school's career resources and networks.

But this user was talking about trying to get a job there after doing an MBA in the US, which would be more difficult because s/he wouldn't have a Canadian work visa. Canadian companies are more likely to hire somebody who can already work there legally.
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