For the forseeable future, it will be difficult to get jobs as an entry level civil engineer in Zimbabwe for many of you. While we don’t want you to run away, sitting at home for the next three years in the hope that you’ll get a job here would be a waste of time. I mean, you’ve just spent 5 years in school getting the degree. And applying your knowledge while your brain is still fresh and you’re literally bursting with energy is the best way to go.
Fortunately, civil engineering is still a critical skill in most countries. That means it’s still slightly easier to start your career elsewhere. So below are some pointers for emigrating to South Africa, Canada and Australia.
In all countries you’ll need a work permit. And the engineering council (equivalent to our Engineering Council of Zimbabwe) needs to assess your qualification according to their own standards. Some countries may require an English This is the information I have gathered with help from others who currently reside in the respective countries.
Just a word of warning before you get too hopeful. It’s not as easy as it looks, and while civil engineering is a critical skill, all these countries are getting stricter. They prefer their own nationals, or those with a significant amount of work experience.
Here’s the stuff you’ll need when you submit your work permit application. You do no need a job offer before you apply. The permit is valid for a year. After you get a job the permit will be extended to 5 years and you can apply for permanent residence:
This is a guide, please refer to the SA embassy for accurate info.
1. SAQA certificate (currently R1010)
2. SAICE certificate of membership
3. ECSA membership certificate (but ECSA usually takes long so ECSA can write a letter saying you’ve begun the process and then you can use that)
4. Medical Report (less than 6 months old)
5. Radiological report (less than 6 months old)
6. Copy of ID of person who will accommodate you in SA, proof of address in their name, affidavit saying they’ll accommodate you and their bank Statement (not older than 3 months)
7. Your CV
8. Proof of employment (although I think this is not strictly required but just include it if you have it)
9. Your own bank statement with at least R3000 worth.
10. Application fee $320 (I think, I can’t remember properly but somewhere there)
11. Completed application form
12. Passport photos
13. Your passport
For these countries you will be required to take an English proficiency test. IELTS seems to be the most preferred and it can be taken at the British embassy in either Bulawayo or Harare. The fee is currently USD245. You need to book this test and study in advance. There are two options i.e. the general and the academic tests. If you intend on pursing further education in these countries it is best to take the academic test. You need to have scored at least a 6 in each category.
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Check this list if civil engineering is still on the critical skills list.
1. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) assessment fees $1,085.00 (AUD)
2. Recent passport style photograph (35mm x 45mm)
3. Prime Identification Document (current passport, only page including photo and name)
4. Academic degree certificate (a letter of completion will only be accepted as a substitute before graduation and only for Australian qualifications) 5. Complete and official academic transcript (including any recognition of prior learning)
5. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
6. IELTS, TOEFL iBT® or PTE ACADEMIC™ result
7. Official Change of Name documents where applicable (e.g. gazette publication, letter/certificate issued by registry)
8. Registration certificate under the relevant licensing authority where applicable (e.g. Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers)
9. Documentary evidence of employment (for periods of 12 months or more, or if the employment provides a basis for a career episode/s)
10. List of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
11. Three Career Episodes
12. Summary Statement for the nominated category
13. Official English language translations of above documents where applicable
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1. Language test results
2. Provincial nominations (if you have one)
3. Valid written job offers from an employer in Canada (if you have one)
4. Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members in Canada, if any are coming with you (in some cases)
5. Valid passports (we don’t accept expired passports or other travel documents)
6. Educational Credential Assessment reports (if you included the results in your Express Entry profile)
7. Medical exams
8. Police certificates (if you have more than one police certificate you need to combine your documents)
9. Any other documents on the Document Checklist
Find out more about how to apply under Express Entry
Best of luck!! Tell me how it goes it the comments below👇😃