Career Services: Coaching International Students
Strengthen your international student career coaching skills
“Despite the fact that most current students said that they were not seeking to remain in the U.S. longterm, quite a few hoped to gain substantial work experience in order to help launch careers at home or abroad. Most were confident that they would do so in short order … Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) wished to extend their work experience past the term of OPT or Academic Training programs.” - WENR: Career Prospects and Outcomes of U.S.-Educated International Students
Get ready to step outside of your traditional career coaching box.
Career coaching international students takes flexibility, curiosity, creativity, and an openness to new perspectives.
If this describes you - keep reading.
Learning to search for a job in the US is a challenge for even the most ambitious students.
On the shortlist of things to learn: complex visa requirements, employer expectations, how to identify your skills outside of academics, how to get experience before you get hired, new cultural behaviors and communication styles, the types of jobs available at your experience level, how to evaluate companies for the right fit, industry trends, professional vocabulary, what to wear, business acumen, small talk, self-promotion, how to build relationships without an introduction, and how to be engaging in a foreign language.
If you’re exhausted reading that imagine how exhausting it is to do it. It’s like piecing together a puzzle without having the full picture. And it’s not simply enough to know what to do; you have to constantly apply your new knowledge and adapt your behavior. Job searching in a new country is full of small experiments.
As a career coach you have the ability to impact international students in their pursuit of a global career.
But it takes more than applying the same techniques you use for domestic students.
We designed a course to teach you how to adapt traditional career training to better help international students navigate their US and global job searches.
Led by a former Yale School of Management international MBA career coach, you'll learn:
✔️ Cross cultural communication styles that affect international student coaching and engagement
✔️ How to find international student alumni to help international students
✔️ Innovative strategies to engage international students in their job search
✔️ A framework for identifying international student career needs
✔️ Creative tactics to redesign traditional career workshops
But first, let's check to see if you're a fit for this online course.
Are you curious about other cultures?
Do you want to better understand your international student needs?
Do you want to make an impact on international students?
Do you want to create new workshops to support international students in their search?
Do you like experimenting with new ideas?
If so, this is your course.
This course is for career center staff who are:
- New to international student career advising
- Leading teams who work with international students
- Curious about cross cultural coaching
- Interested in new ideas for international student workshops
In this course you get:
- 60-minute webinar with career services staff cover career coaching, international student engagement, workshop redesign, global employer development strategy ($145 value)
- Cross cultural videos and resources that help you understand your communication style and international student needs
- Reports on international student career outcomes and global hiring data
- A challenge assignment to complete that will use what you learned in this webinar
- An e-book: 20 Thoughtful Ways to Support International Students in their Job Search ($25 value)
- Access to our Facebook group for international students for ongoing resources
This session is taught by Nicolle Merrill, founder of GlobalMe School, an global career training platform. Previously Nicolle worked at Yale School of Management as an international MBA career coach where she helped international students, alumni, and executives build global careers. While at Yale SOM she designed over 25 interactive career workshops, including a 5-day career orientation for international students that resulted in a participant approval rating of 4.8 out of 5, the highest of any orientation activity. She also spoke at MBACSEA Global and European conferences, ISCSR, and NAFSA on international student careers and online training.
Nicolle runs www.internationalstudentcareers.com, a career website designed for international students, and teaches all courses at courses.globalmeschool.com. She is the author of How to Get a Job in the USA: A Practical Guide for Ambitious International Students.
Nicolle writes about online education, the future of work, and artificial intelligence at futureskills.blog. She is currently working on her second book.
StartVIDEOS: Cross Cultural Communication
StartWebinar and Slides: Career Coaching International Students
StartREADING: American Style Self Promotion
StartREFLECTION: Your role in career services
StartAccess to private Slack group
StartCHALLENGE: Complete your post-webinar challenge
StartEBOOK: 20 Thoughtful Ways to Support International Students with Job Search
StartREPORTS: International student hiring trends and outcomes
StartResources for your international students
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