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, […]

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 […]

[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 […]

Top Tips for [Effective Communication] in the US Hiring Process and Workplace

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Dear Coach Kwan, I am very comfortable with my technical and software skills. However, I am quite concerned about my communication skills during the hiring process and after I land a job in the US. Could you please give me some guidance to help me improve my skills in this area? – An international student […]

Study Abroad: 10 Points to Consider as an International Student

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Dear Coach Kwan, I’m planning to pursue a degree in the US. What are some things that I should consider to ensure that I am fully prepared to optimize my time as an international student in the US? – Aspiring international student dreaming to join a university in the US.I’m so happy to see you […]

How To Make The Most Out Of Summer: Networking & Internship Hunting

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Dear Coach Kwan, Now that summer is here, I want to take advantage of having a break from school and focus on my job search. How can I take advantage during this time to maximize my chances of landing my dream job? Sincerely, A temporarily-free-from-school international student That is such a good mindset to have! […]