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Career series addresses diverse needs of international students

International student panel shares job search experiences and advice.

International students and alumni share about their career experiences with other international students.

Which organizations are hiring? Do I meet their requirements? Will this be a good fit for me?

These are just a few of the questions students often ask as they consider full-time employment, internships, or assistantships. However, the number and types of questions often multiply for those from abroad who are studying in the United States.

“In today’s competitive job market, finding a job can be overwhelming for many graduating students. This can be even more difficult for international students who are interested in employment in the United States,” said Career Center Senior Assistant Director Maureen Roach.

The Career Center’s Cultural Career Network Program (CCNP) and the International Student and Scholar Services seek to address some of those concerns by hosting the International Student Career Series this fall. The three-part program specifically provides Illinois State’s international students with career support to help them remain competitive and increase their confidence in the job market.

The International Student Career Series is held at 110P Student Services Building and includes:

  • Job Search Timeline, Career Resources and Career Fair Prep, How to Obtain On-campus Employment, Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.—Students learn about employer timelines when hiring, Career Center resources, how to prepare for upcoming career fairs and how to find a part-time job on-campus.
  • Strategies for Landing a Job in the U.S., Wednesday, September 18, 2–3 p.m.—Students learn about the various resources available to help them find internships and full-time positions in the United States and abroad.
  • International Student Luncheon with Student/Alumni Panel, Friday, October 25, noon–1 p.m.—Students hear from a panel of international students and alumni who have landed a full-time job or internship in the United States. They’ll learn about their successes and challenges, the strategies they used, and how to address sponsorship inquiries. Registration is required.

Students may attend any one session or the entire series.

The International Student Career Series is an example of Illinois State’s commitment to diversity, and the Career Center’s mission of assisting all Illinois State students with developing, evaluating, and implementing career decisions.

The Career Center’s Cultural Career Network Program (CCNP) prepares students for the workplace in areas of networking and career awareness. CCNP encourages students of diverse backgrounds to participate in a variety of events designed to connect them with employers, provides resources about available internship and career opportunities, and supports Illinois State University’s Educate ● Connect ● Elevate strategic plan.


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