A research study published in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal focused on “Career Concerns of Chinese Business Students in the United States.” The paper was authored by Professor Xin Liu of the University of San Diego.
The study aimed to investigate following research questions:
1. What are the factors influencing the job search of Chinese business students returning home or remaining in the U.S.?
2. What are the implications of career development training for Chinese employers and multinational companies?
3. What are the implications of placement services for career counselors in higher
“The results indicate a considerable consensus that social relationship has a significant impact on the job search of the participants who plan to return home. On the other hand, the participants who plan to stay in the U.S. are more concerned with cultural barriers. The results further indicate that career certainty and personal growth are also major concerns of the participants.”
The research suggests that the “employers and companies may need to be proactive in the delivery of their enterprise cultures to students, offer culturally relevant services, and provide training programs that address their unique vocational needs”
International students face several cross-cultural barriers in planning and achieving their career path. Not to mention the constraints of and uncertainties with visas. However, students cannot do anything about visas but they can build their muscles to overcome barriers of 3Cs-Confidence, Communication, and Connections.