5 Steps to a Successful Informational Interview

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I feel like I’m doing something wrong when I try to network. I’ve asked my professor to connect me with a few professionals in his network. When I got on a call with those professionals and asked if they can refer me to the company, they all said that they would keep an eye out for me. Unfortunately, I never hear anything back. What is your advice for my situation?

3 Steps to Getting Referrals from Your Connections


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 […]

Excel Your Career With Our Top 5 Holiday Networking Tips


Dear Coach Kwan,

This is my first year in the States after the pandemic and I will be graduating soon. I know networking is important, and I heard the holiday season could be a great time to network. How can I optimize this holiday seasons in the US for networking post-pandemic?

Introducing “Lift as We Climb”: Mentorship for Our Community

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Nobody achieves success alone. We all need communities of people to support, and who support us, to build each other up and provide unique and helpful insight. In this way, anyone can succeed. ICAway aims to support a community of international students, immigrants, and leaders who want to pay it forward.

“Lift as We Climb” Mentorship program seeks to help build students’ ability to create mentor/mentee relationships.

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


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 […]

Summer Networking Strategy

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How To Make The Most Out Of Summer: Networking & Internship Hunting 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, […]

Building Your New Network in the U.S.


Going through the traditional job search online is tough because only about 2% of applicants get the interview. For international students, it can be even tougher. When you get the immigration screening questions at the beginning of the application process. You may not be able to move on to the next round. Many companies clearly […]

The 3 Things First-Year International Students should do


Many international students strive for academic excellence while pursuing higher education in the U.S. While this is a great goal, several international students become so focused on academics that they neglect to network with people in the field they dream of pursuing. Unfortunately, the online job application process yields few results. And because many have […]

Finding Target Professionals on LinkedIn


Dear Coach Kwan, I just finished my finals and woohoo… I officially graduated! Now, I am trying to be more proactive about my job search. I understand that LinkedIn is a great tool to use for online networking, but how exactly do I go about searching for specific professionals that I should contact? Sincerely, A […]