International Students:<br>Applying and Awaiting for my OPT

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Post-completion Optical Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to work on their F1 visa status after graduation. Depending on the degree, this period can be from one to three years. This article will be exploring one international student’s process of applying for her OPT. We encourage you to follow her […]

What To Do When Your 90-Day OPT Unemployment Is Running Out

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Five Steps To Take If You Are Unemployed Under Optional Practical Training (OPT) I get a lot of messages from international students such as the one above as their 90-day OPT unemployment allowance period comes to an end. Many new graduates hoped that three months would be enough time to secure a job offer. Unfortunately, […]

Diversity of Thought for Better Business

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Ponsi Trivisvavet, a former international student from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, is highly recognized as the leader in AgriBusiness in the US. She is currently the CEO of Inari, the SEEDesign™ company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Within 3 years of her leadership at Inari, the organization has grown fivefold and has raised >USD […]

Is Job Hunting Really a Numbers Game?

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Dear Coach Kwan, I am an international student who is actively looking for a job. I hear from so many of my peers that they have been sending out dozens of applications each day. This is very discouraging since I know that most of them have sent out hundreds of applications to no avail. Is […]

3 Steps to Getting Referrals from Your Connections

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Dear Coach Kwan, This pandemic has made job searching so competitive. I am so torn by online job applications that don’t yield results. You taught us about building meaningful connections with US professionals, and you advised we should not ask for jobs right away when connecting with people. I try to follow your advice, but […]

Find a Summer Internship in 60 Days as an International Student

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How to Find a [Summer Internship] in Less than 60 Days Is there still time for international students to find their summer internships? I teach job search skills to international students in the U.S. Many of them are grad students with work experience. Yet recently, they came to me hopeless. They said things like: “That […]

ICAway’s Guide for Employers: Hiring International Students

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Hiring Global Talent: The Why, The How and Next Steps We believe that finding the right talent is harder than sponsoring a student. Hiring international students brings so many benefits to the U.S. job market. Therefore, ICAway is committed to advocating international students’ abilities to U.S. employers. This guide provides a few reasons why employers should […]

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

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Most professionals who make it to the executive level cite mentoring as an important contributor to their career success.  We all know having a mentor would make a difference to your career. However, do you know how to make someone want to mentor you and how to create a successful mentor-mentee relationship? Listen to our […]

[Five Tips] to Convert an Internship to a [Full-time Job]

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Dear Coach Kwan, I’ve recently started an internship at a company that I really like and I love working with this team! I was hoping you could provide some tips on how to improve my chances of landing a full-time position after this internship. Can you help? Sincerely, A highly determined international student Creating Your […]

Thriving during Life Transitions

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It can be an overwhelming process: Moving from your home country to the US, Enrolling in an American academic program, Maintaining good grades, Finding internships, and Trying to secure a full-time job while you’re on OPT. Harpuneet came to the US from India in 2012. as a Rotary International Foreign Exchange student and graduated with […]