The Outlook Recruitment Partners Must Adopt for 2022

Outlook Recruitment Partners Must Adopt for 2022

 

 

Several surveys conducted among agents from different countries find that international agents have been highly active in their roles during the pandemic despite travel being restricted to the most sought-after countries for international education.As most recruitment agents steer their students to Canada and the United Kingdom, demand for the United States appears to be at an all-time high, with the majority of these agents mostly represented students in Asia (44%), Africa (13%), and Latin America (13 %).

Despite restrictions, agents are working tirelessly as many are regularly contacting students intending to study abroad. Around 49% of agents informed that communication with students has  increased compared to last year, while 16% said that the frequency remained the same. A large majority claimed they have improved or maintained communication with educators, and 74% have formed new collaborations with schools/universities.

The pandemic brought along with it a lot of uncertainty, leading to long hours of work for recruitment agents. With continuation in deferrals and a large number of cancellations for the Fall 2021 intake, more than 39% of the recruitment agents reported that their students switched to another destination. The pandemic has also made the student’s decision-making process more complicated, thus taking a longer time, making the agent’s job trickier.

The wait & watch situation has been observed lately wherein students opt for the destination that promises availability early as compared to others. In other cases, these students continue to study online from the comfort of their homes, waiting for the travel to open. The decision-making process will continue to be a long one until borders open again and travel restrictions are lifted. 

It was also reported that border closures became the prime obstacle for the students aspiring to study abroad followed by delays in visa processing or visa suspension. With classes moving online, students continue to face difficulties in terms of the time difference, lack of proper internet connection, difficulty learning online and with financial difficulties. Students are more than ever concerned about health, insurance, accommodation, as well as the availability of flights and other quarantine requirements. 

With the ongoing trends in international education, agents suggest that a mix of in-person and online classes as well as purely online classes will be the new norm in 2021 and onwards. Among the courses offered by agents to their students, online courses have less than 10% mention. Undergraduate programs have high levels of ongoing recruitment with only 14% of agents not recruiting currently. On the other hand, language courses and schools have seen a decline in recruitment. 

Canada continues to remain a high priority when cited by the agents for recruitment followed by the United Kingdom when considering language courses, pathway/undergraduate programs, and to a lesser extent, the graduate programs.  Australia used to be a popular destination to consider for students & recruitment partners, but given the current situation and Australia’s borders being closed, the recruiting for this country has seen an all-time low.

The United States lags behind Canada and the United Kingdom in terms of where agents are recruiting, although agents report that demand for the United States is beginning to rise.

Many agents think that international student registration will be lower in 2021 than in 2019, despite increasing student demand. These predictions are likely to shift in the coming months if vaccine rollouts are accelerated and travel restrictions are relaxed. However, agents are optimistic about their businesses improving in 2021 and into 2022. 

While the trends on international education have seen multiple changes over the last 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 seems hopeful for the recruitment partners. 

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Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model

The Post-Pandemic Importance of Student and Recruitment Partner Relationships

The Post-Pandemic Relationship Between Students and Recruitment Partners

 

 

The onset of COVID-19 has put a halt to study abroad as we know it. No industry remains unaffected from the effects of the pandemic, however it seems to have dealt a specific blow towards the education industry. However, the hopes of students remain unchanged with a desire to have the best international education, a wide range of courses to choose from, and the feeling of being amongst their friends and peers.

This underlying demand is the bedrock for international education to return in 2021, and it also provides an opportunity for new programs and goods this year. During the pandemic, businesses and institutions all around the world had to change their messaging and operations to offer new products or services. That being said, it has become imperative for institutions to come up with methods to keep the students engaged while adhering to the new normal of online-based learning.

As the world emerges from the post-COVID era, communication is even more important. Offerings from schools are endless but their awareness to students may be limited. This is where effective communication comes into play. Keeping them updated and reassured will help both students and recruitment partners go a long way. Being quick in their response to students’ queries is crucial. Students planning to study abroad have always had a multitude of questions, but with updated regulations, changes to the way classes are conducted and more, recruitment partners must be prepared to guide students and provide these answers.  

Recruitment partners should take the initiative to provide all necessary information, news and updates regarding any relevant information for their students. It is also important for recruitment partners to be up-to-date with international education trends and be swift in their response to any potential opening or lead that they come across. This is where Aplicar has a huge role to play. Aplicar not only helps recruitment partners be on top of their game but also provides options of hundreds of educational institutions, that suit best to their student’s profile and goals.. Aplicar’s AI-powered platform also ensures that all applications are processed within 24 hours, making the process swift and seamless for both partners and students.

In this new era of international education, the relationship between recruitment partners and students is even more crucial and important. However, the opportunities provided by Aplicar ensure students nor partners have to compromise on their choices. Aplicar is the world’s smartest study abroad platform for recruitment partners and students to benefit from and overcome the challenges that emerged due to the onset of the pandemic. 

 

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model

Exploring Employment Opportunities and Markets in Canada

Exploring Employment Opportunities in Canada

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Canada is drawing increasingly more students and employment seekers with its abundant opportunities. Despite a global economic slowdown in most regions of the world, Canada continues to hold promise for immigrants looking for employment opportunities.  

As of last month, Canada’s economy has recovered a bit closer to what it was during pre-pandemic times and unemployment has fallen to 7.5%, which is the same as that in March. As of July 2021, 94,000 jobs have been added. Statistics Canada has found that in the labour market, immigrant employment is nearing 2019 levels.

Over time, the number of COVID-19 cases has reduced and vaccination rates have gone up. The Statistics Canada’s Labour Force survey noted that between July 11 to July 17, public health restrictions have significantly eased. This has had a positive impact on employment rates as well. As compared to February 2020, employment is just 1.3% lower currently. Though, this doesn’t necessarily mean more immigrants are getting employed, as the rise in employment rate can be due to a lesser number of immigrants entering Canada.

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 Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islands have shown the most increase. Ontario alone gained 72,000 jobs in July, with 49,000 of these in Toronto. Full time work in the private sector in service industries has shown the biggest jump that mostly makes up the 123,000 new jobs. Taking this indication as a cue, students and those contemplating immigration can gauge what industries offer more opportunities. 

A very positive development is that the employment rates for “very recent” immigrants have steadily grown. A “very recent” immigrant is described by Statistics Canada as an immigrant who has immigrated within the last five years. Even though an immigrant may have just reached Canada within the last five years, they still have an excellent chance of being employed. This is because the number of immigrants themselves has dropped since the pandemic. Since March 2020, fewer immigrants have arrived in Canada, skewing the percentage of available jobs in the favour of very recent immigrant population. To ease the transition of finding employment in Canada, there are many government programmes to help new arrivals, including pre-arrival employment support. 

Another big plus is that despite fluctuations, wage growth trends remain higher than the rate of inflation. Despite the pandemic, the average hourly wage has increased by 6.6% in 2021 from 2019

The total percentage of very recent immigrants in the labour force is about 4% of the total labour force currently, which is almost what it was pre-pandemic. In times when immigrants are not welcomed by a lot of nations globally, relatively easier immigration to Canada is one of the big draws for people looking for employment opportunities.

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Canada’s ageing population and low birth rate make it difficult for the nation to sustain a working labour force. To make up for this low growth of the labour force, Canada uses immigration as a tool to overcome these obstacles. This is a winning strategy not only for Canada’s economy in the long run, but also for those looking to immigrate. The general view is that it is these demographics that drive Canada to open its borders to immigrants and create a win-win situation.

As a lot of Canada’s competitive global economic growth is dependent on immigration, travel restrictions have begun easing by the end of June. The border opened to allow the passage of approved permanent residents. Since the pandemic, that period saw the most number of new permanent residents being allowed into Canada.

With one of the globally highest vaccination rates and economic recovery rates, Canada is one of the most sought after places to head to for immigration and the trend is poised to continue.