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challenge, according to Matherly, is to manage student expectations. "We need to set
realistic hopes regarding the likelihood of
finding a job."
"We have to make sure they understand
they have limited work eligibility and urge
them to be flexible," Chapman says. When a
senior was offered an internship, she turned
it down because she thought she would get
something better. She didn't.
"It's hard for us as career counselors,"
Schell says, "because we don't control the
jobs. We're at the mercy of corporations and
the country and their ability to absorb international workers. We want graduates to have
hope but they need to be realistic, too. It's difficult to get through all the hurdles, especially
when they are new graduates." Those with
graduate degrees, in areas such as engineering, have an easier time finding employment.
Schell's team tries to help find OPT experiences so students can stay in the United States
for at least one year.

According to Bang, large companies are
often better able to sponsor international
students, although some prefer those with
graduate degrees. She urges international
students to expand their options. "I try to
encourage them to diversify the type of
companies and consider other geographic
locations. They should consider where the
best jobs are: here, back home, or in another
country."
If students don't secure a job, some will
opt to continue their education. Yusuf, who
says it would be unsafe for her to return to
Nigeria at this time, hopes to get sponsored
for a visa. If that doesn't work out, she plans
to go back to school for a master's degree in
HR management.

Going Forward
Each university has a different policy regarding working with international students
after they graduate. At Colorado's business
school, "we own them for life," Schell says.

Many graduates stay connected through
email, telephone, or Skype to find help with
future job searches.
International students find their
experiences with career services to be predominantly positive. "The experience I had
with the career center was very constructive," Yusuf says. "They never got tired of
me coming back again and again. Even if
something didn't work out, they had my
back. Each time they clued me in about the
things employers were looking for in terms
of specific skills, and helped me adjust my
résumé to fit the new requirements."
"Our goal is to support student success,"
says Christina Khan, assistant dean and director of international student services at
Colgate. "It's a collective effort that involves
many campus partners."
IE
MARIAN KISCH is a freelance writer in Chevy
Chase, Maryland. Her last article for IE was "Helping
Faculty Teach International Students," which was
published in the November/December 2014 issue.

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Job Search: An American Tale
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