Paul has been in academia in the U.S. for over 25 years. He has been involved in the administrative side of accredited business schools for a decade as Dean and Associate Dean. He has led two universities to successful AACSB accreditation and is very familiar with their current standards.
This is a land built by immigrants. A nation driven by those who set their sights higher than possible in their home countries. International students of today will be the innovative leaders of tomorrow – for this nation and the world. The United States offers a unique environment for innovative and ambitious leaders to grow and flourish. International students will achieve their true potential in this environment. Equally important, international students will be the drivers of future innovation and will be the ones to keep the USA as the top nation economically and socially.
Never forget your roots. The work ethic and values that brought you here will be the forces that take you to an amazing future. Continue to dream and set your sights higher; continue to outwork your peers; hold onto your original family values. If you do these three things, you will achieve your dreams.
As I have worked in the international education field for almost 30 years, I believe international students diversify considerably the US culture, classroom, scholarship, communities and of course offices/boardrooms of many companies and organizations across the country. And as we know, diversity promotes strength, creativity, competition, and cooperation in all educational and professional endeavors.
It takes many more NOs to get to a YES. Structure your routine to stay motivated and positive as you build out your important network of supporters while building up your skill and knowledge base. Talk to as many people as possible about your vision and goals in life, as those people may know others with whom you should also connect. And your connections and supporters give to you, make sure to give something back, which can be as simple as a special note of gratitude.
International students have great talents and skills that are very much needed in the growing US economy.
Be active. Learn. Network. Apply. Become an expert at what you do. Don’t give up!
Terah is a Board-Certified Counselor and received her terminal degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Mercer University, with a concentration on multicultural education and congregational care. She is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia.
International students residing in the US are undoubtedly courageous, hard-working, and highly skilled.
For international students, to receive a return on their academic, mental, emotional, and financial investments, it is important that they seek guidance along the journey to landing and securing jobs in the US. ICAway exists as that bridge.
The U.S. continues to be the land of dreams for so many people from across the world. International students are no different. They possess strong academic credentials, deep commitment to education, penchant for hard work and success – all the qualities that make them not only valuable but invaluable to the U.S.
Ask yourself what is your unique value proposition and why a company should hire you. If you can answer this question, the hard part is done. If you cannot answer the question, pause and reflect on your value as a job candidate.
International students are critical to the United States success as a nation. Not only do universities and business communities direct beneficiaries of their contribution to the intellectual and innovation capacity and culturally rich fabric of this country. As the US approaches a demographic change (and decline in the US-born college bound population), national and regional workforce development strategy will need to include strategy for attracting and successfully integrating international students in the US universities and workplaces.
Be patient, be strategic from day one and build meaningful relationships with local communities, especially through volunteering (do not underestimate its value in building your brand and in building your professional and community networks)
50% of successful American startups have at least one foreign-born founder. It is SO important to have that connection with the rest of the world and a big part of that are students. They are critical to the success of the American economy and always have been.
Patience, take advantage of your network and learn from those who went before you.
– Hira Sadiq, Graphic Design Intern, Lake Forest College
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