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Teaching/Research Assistant experience during PhD – please offer any thoughts :)

Posting this on behalf of a friend:

I have completed my 4 year long PhD degree from USA. During the 4 years, I had worked as a Teaching assistant, Research assistant, and a Graduate Part Time Instructor. Do any of you know if I can use this experience towards qualifying work experience for FSW since I was still doing my PhD at that time?

I came across a CIC article which says “You may be able to count experience as a teaching, research or lab assistant at a post-secondary educational institution, (see National Occupation Classification 4012) toward the work experience requirement, depending on the eligibility criteria of the programs.”
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=855&top=6

For CEC, the article explicitly mentions that being enrolled as a student disqualifies the experience, however there is no such clause for FSW.

Does anyone have experience or knowledge with experience while doing their PhD?

Any advice/insight/thought is highly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

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