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 people 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 and new alumni,” said Career Services Senior Assistant Director Maureen Roach. “This can be even more difficult for international students who are interested in employment in the United States.”

The Career Services’ 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. Each session provides Illinois State’s international Redbirds with career support to help them remain competitive and increase their confidence in the job market.

The International Student Career Series is held virtually and includes the following sessions:

  • Life After OPT (Optional Practical Training), 12-1 p.m. February 9—Get application procedures with a focus specifically on H-1B visas and how to apply from immigration legal expert Thomas J. Arkell, an attorney with the Dunn Law Firm in Bloomington.
  • Employer Panel on Career Readiness Tips, 12-1 p.m. March 23—Learn how to successfully navigate the application and interviewing process in the United States from a panel of employers.

Students and alumi may attend any one session or the entire series. Visit the International Student Career Series webpage for access to Zoom links or other information.

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