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FOREIGN STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Marian Kisch

Helping International Students
Navigate Career Options
NAVIGATING THE WATERS from a college degree to an internship or job in the United States
is fraught with obstacles for international students. Networking is often an alien concept. Informational interviews are rarely on the radar. A simple handshake after an interview is not an automatic
response for all. Add to that the myriad of government regulations.

International
students
have a
difficult road,
dealing with
issues their
domestic
counterparts
do not:
adjusting
to a new
country's
norms and
culture,
learning new
skills, and
abiding by
numerous
regulations
to find
work upon
graduation.

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Enter career centers and international student advisers, who help foreign students plot a course to jobs in
the United States or abroad. Although most international
students initially intend to return home after receiving
their degree, many change their mind.
International students have a difficult road, dealing
with issues their domestic counterparts do not: adjusting
to a new country's norms and culture, learning new skills,
and abiding by numerous regulations to find work upon
graduation. Back home, many jobs are obtained through
the extended family.
The numbers of international students coming to
the United States are growing. In the last academic year
(2013-14), international student enrollment increased 8.1
percent over the preceding year, bringing the number of
international students in the United States to a record high
of 886,052, according to the 2014 International Institute
of Education's Open Doors report. At many institutions,
there are substantial numbers of international students
in the entire student population, which demonstrates the
growing need for guidance from institutions about what
they will do upon graduation.

Balancing Expectations
Many international students feel a great deal of pressure
to secure a job upon graduation, says Vera Chapman,
Colgate's associate director for career development. Their
parents have invested a lot of money to send their children
to a U.S. university and they expect a lot in return. "For
foreign families, having a respected position that earns
a good salary may trump what the student is passionate
about. We try to help students find a career that marries
familial and cultural pressures with their passion. It's a
delicate balance."

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Martin Tillman, president of Global Career Compass
and former associate director of career services at Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced International
Studies in Washington, D.C., agrees. "The principal driving
force for international students is the return on investment.
Costs for education are increasing and the marketplace is
more competitive, making it more difficult for bright, motivated international students to secure good jobs."

Teamwork Pays Off
While career offices concentrate on vocational aspirations,
developing skills, and providing contacts, international
student and scholar services offices handle compliance
issues such as visas, employment records, and employment authorization. Together, they provide the tools an
international student needs to obtain employment in the
United States or abroad, or to go on for further education. One-on-one and group sessions, orientations, and
workshops, as well as information on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program-a one-year Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) authorization for employment
related to their major after graduation-are included.
Because of increasing numbers, some career services
departments have designated a special counselor to work
exclusively with this cohort. In 2013 Sarah Bang became
the first career counselor for international students at
Berkeley. Vanina Granell, an international student and
scholar adviser from the Berkeley International Office,
acts as a liaison, attending international student career
programs and answering work-authorization-related
questions. "It's a great opportunity for students to get their
questions answered all in one place," Bang says.
Colorado's business school also has a dedicated international student counselor at its Career Management



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2015

Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Voices
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - Pathfinders
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - On the Rise
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International Educator - May/June 2015 - International Enrollment
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