One of the biggest challenges for international students after graduating from a United States institution is can be finding a job or internship.
- After graduating, international students have sixty days to either leave, renew your F1 visa, or find an H1B visa stay in the United States, and that can be extremely stressful.
- However, there are options for international students to stay and work in the United States, whether it is temporarily or permanently.
- Below, we will detail tips for international students on how to try and find a job or internship in the United States along with some other options as well.
Why May it Be Difficult?
Another reason why finding a job or internship can be difficult for an international student after graduation is networking is an immensely important tool and part of getting a job in the United States. Getting a position becomes easier once you socialize and introduce yourself to people who are in position(s) to give jobs and/or internships. It may be difficult for International students to network due to cultural barriers and/or language differences. Remember that confidence is key, and having that confidence will show when you network and interview, and prospective employers take that as a positive sign. Also remember that prospective employers respect your education and confidence in yourself.
What are Some Tips?
There are tips in order to help international students in their job search if they choose to stay and work in the United States.
- First off, to whatever job(s) you apply to, make sure to thoroughly and diligently research the company, and if applicable, the person who would potentially interview you and the department you would potentially work in.
- This can help you prepare for an interview and give you a sense of familiarity with the company, which can possibly ease the interview and application process.
- Next, it is important to understand yourself as a person.
- More importantly, it is important to understand your own strengths and weaknesses and how to effectively convey those during your interview and application.
- If you have applied and/or interviewed with a company, follow up with the person that interviewed you.
- This shows again your interest in the company.
- Finally, always practice interviewing as much as you can either in a mirror or with a friend, and make sure, unless clearly stated otherwise, to always dress professionally when meeting a prospective employer.
- We strongly suggest wearing a suit to an interview.
If you struggle to find a job and a company that will sponsor a skilled worker visa for you, there is one other option for international students on F1 visas. This is Optional practical training, or OPT. This is a twelve-month period to work and get paid in a field directly related to the field you received your degree in. These OPT opportunities can sometimes lead to an H1B visa and some international students may favor this route compared to searching for jobs. Even if the OPT does not lead to a permanent job in the United States or an H1B visa, the twelve months of work experience in the United States can prove to be extremely valuable.
Going Back Home
Finally, one last option for international students seeking a job or internship after graduation is to return home to their native country. Returning home can be a challenge for many – you are dealing with a significant time difference (again) and you are adjusting to the difference in culture (again). What had become familiar to you over the past few years will now be different and we can understand that that is a challenge for many. You will also have to adjust again to the people that you have not seen in a while, and they may not totally understand what you had been doing in the United States. However, the education you received in the United States and the experience you gained will help you find a job back in your home country. We suggest thoroughly exploring potential job options, both in your native country and in the United States, before making your decision. Ultimately, this is up to you and your personal preferences and what you think will be the best decision for you moving forward.
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