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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • How to Build Job Skills as an International Student

    Filed Under: Health Insurance

You must realize that the chance to study as an international student has just a few limitations but a lot of advantages. Getting a student visa that hampers international students’ options for off-campus employment is one of those limitations.
In order to help supplement funding and cover expenses from loans and scholarships, international students are allowed to take up jobs on campus. However, what happens if your potential career is in another field?
Specialized academic programs advocate internships as part of the student learning experience, as they offer work exposure in a selected career path of a student. Quite often students are left to their own networking skills in order to get these resume-enhancing positions, despite the fact that placements can be arranged by the university department. Realizing this important fact, it is quite imperative to chase those activities that will make you familiar with both the environments and people that can make your future stronger. The following steps will help international students discover opportunities to gain work experience and build up their job skills without you having to do too much work.
The first thing you should is to begin close to home by checking within your department to discover the types of links that are there already. For instance, the department of communication at Andrews University has faculty and staff who all take part in a selection of yearly conferences and professional societies. When you finally get to your university as international student, what you should do initially is to learn about the professors in your department and make some useful contacts.
Secondly, with up to two conferences behind you, start following up on some of the contacts you already made through some frosty calls with confidence. Have the confidence and assurance that those people you have met initially will be willing to share their idea and information with you. Ask them to offer you information concerning the types of jobs they had available and the description of each. This will give you the opportunity of identifying those skills you need to develop for the duration of your internships.
Thirdly, select a mentor that can give you a concrete commendation. It will be incredible if there is any vacancy in a company where you can put your craft into practice for free. However, it is somehow exceptional.
Fourthly, obtain the proof of your know-how. Something as easy as a recommendation letter from your volunteer supervisor will go a long way in establishing your professional credibility, if you take an unpaid position.
Finally, ensure that you search for potential work knowledge in charity organizations, leadership positions in campus clubs, departmental research teams as well as other established volunteer programs within your area. Working without being paid is still working for something. The connections, credits and contacts that make up the experience are just priceless to your potential career.

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