interEDGE curates Q&A to address questions from international students about job search, networking, American hiring practice and workplace culture. The following questions are from participants of our recent webinar.
Networking stands on the top of the priority list for many international students. Its importance is evident from conversations with professors, career advice from career counselors and the alumni panels on campus. Many come to interEDGE, not with the question “should I spend time in networking or not?” but “how can I build my network?” Here are three simple steps of networking.
If you are an international student on an existing 17-month STEM OPT employment authorization document (EAD) and plan to stay to the full 24-month extension, make sure you apply for an additional seven months of OPT by August 8th, 2016.
In the last five years, the number of international students in the American institutions has increased by 40 percent to reach one million. Career opportunities are one of the determining factors in student’s decisions to study abroad. Many institutions encounter challenges in effectively supporting international student career success. Di Hu, Co-founder of interEDGE, chaired a session at NAFSA Region X in which she discussed causes of the challenges and invited two seasoned career services directors to share best practices.
Doubtlessly, you have a long list of doings that are important to you that could include studying hard, trying to make new friends, managing expenses, building a good relationship with professors, etc. We want to remind you of six things your heart can do that will have a profound and lasting impact on your journey as an international student.
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interEDGE co-founders were invited by Wasserman Career Center of New York University to conduct the workshops on “Optimize Your Options with Cross-cultural Skills” for international students at NYU. The first workshop focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors and the other on non-STEM majors.
The Center for Student Professional Development recently launched a broad initiative urging campus partners collaborate more to better support international students. As part of the initiative, interEDGE co-founders, Di Hu and Rahul Choudaha, delivered the training on “Maximizing International Student Success”, with several learning objectives.
Future China Initiative (FCI)*, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) st Teachers College, Columbia University, invited interEDGE to conduct a workshop on networking in the American culture to international students from China.
American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.
With more than 304,040 Chinese students enrolled in the US in 2014/15, China is by far the leading source of international students at American universities and colleges. In the last 15 years, there have been three primary waves of growth in Chinese students in the US.
The ways people provide feedback differ in various cultures. Two simple and spot-on tips can help you accurately understand the feedback from your American manager and successfully solicit the constructive criticism.
The number of international students studying in American private high schools has skyrocketed over the past decade. Among these are Chinese females, a vulnerable population under-represented in the literature. This qualitative study looked at the social barriers these students face when transitioning into private American high schools and considered how such schools can better support them.
The new OPT Extension rule will make America more attractive to global talent. International students will be able to gain more experience and recover part of their investment before returning to home country or planning to stay. Employers will benefit in terms of finding technical skills and adding diversity on their teams without worrying about visa sponsorship.
The recent WSJ article “Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campus” has stirred up a heated discussion about the integration challenge of Chinese students on American campus. The author shares a few reflections on practical solutions.
The articles applies the first models from “the Culture Map” to highlight a few cross-culture communication mistakes and make recommendations to international students on how to improve their communication skills.
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International students must develop the mindset for success. The article introduces a few tips: remind yourself of your past achievements; reflect on your mistakes; watch out your saboteur voices; break your vision into small actionable steps; celebrate your small milestones; and hire a coach.
Should international students negotiate salary? How the ineffective negotiation skills persists as they become new employees in a different culture?
International students are paying more for their education. A widening mismatch in their expectations and experiences would create negative word-of-mouth and hurt future enrollment. Institutions must do more to engage and support international students for the benefit of all students and the larger campus community.
Given the constraints of limited career support, the outcome is that career options for many international students are pigeon-holed as typical IT, quantitative or research roles. It takes planning and effort to break the “funnel effect” in your job search and align it to your career path.
Matching skill gaps requires intentional training, practice, guidance, and mentorship. Be aware of the embedded cross-cultural barriers in the learning process.
While focusing on academic studies is expected of international students, it is equally important that they sharpen their intercultural competence. Cultural intelligence can be acquired most effectively through experiential learning.
International students should carefully plan their career goals as they are thinking of studying abroad options. This includes considering various experiential opportunities available on-campus and off-campus. They should also assess their skills and identify areas of strengths and improvements.
Research from Professor Xin Liu of University of San Diego indicates “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.”
Dr. Rahul Choudaha, Principal Coach of interEDGE.org joined an expert panel on”Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace” at Stony Brook University. He highlighted the challenges faced by international students in transitioning from education to employment. The cross-cultural gaps regarding communication and confidence impede the potential of global talent.
Indian students in the US are value-seekers who try to minimise their cost of education, and maximise the potential for job and career advancement opportunities. Here are three broad factors that influence their decision-making processes and priorities.
International students searching for experiential training, job and internship opportunities in the US face several hardships. The recent uncertainty on OPT-Optional Practical Training STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) extension can jeopardize the career plans of many international students.
The mission of interEDGE is to help international students and professional achieve their educational and career ambitions. Only one out of three international students was successful in receiving an H1-B work visa. At the same time, two out of three students who did not succeed in getting a job in the US have to adapt and find alternative career paths. interEDGE training and coaching services help international students to improve their chances of success in the US and beyond by leveraging a model of 3C’s–confidence, communication, and connections.