Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsAugust 1, 2012
According to the Institute of International Education, there are more than 723,000 international college students in the United States, an increase of 4.7 percent from last year.
“The challenges for career services include meeting the needs of an increasing number of highly motivated international students who either want to work in United States after graduation or gain U.S. working experience to take back to their countries,” explains Gillian Steele, managing director of the career center at DePaul University.
Steele points out that this primary challenge is exacerbated by several factors, such as limited visas with strict controls regarding who meets criteria, cultural and linguistic challenges of students, and employers’ increasing use of their internship programs as pipelines to full-time employment which often means they don’t want to employ an intern who cannot work in the United States after graduation.
Following are some tips from Steele for career services professionals assisting international students:
Steele also recommends some online resources that may be helpful:
Gillian Steele facilitated the peer-to-peer session “Hello International Students: How Can We Help You?” during the NACE 2012 Conference.
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