Last week I hosted a Twitter discussion about international student careers by hopping onto #IEW2015. The hashtag had a flurry of activity all week with over 1000 posts by international educators. Most of the content focused on study abroad initiatives and the results of the Open Doors report. My goal was to move the discussion from a focus on international student recruiting to best practices in international student success, specifically on careers.
Though the discussion was rather quiet compared to other discussions on the hashtag, there hasn’t been a better time to start talking about international student careers. With a ten percent increase in international students in the 2014/15 year, higher education has a lot of catching up to do to meet international student needs. Karin Fischer, an international reporter from the Chronicle summed it up best:
Definitely an area that needs a lot more attention (than I fear it's getting) https://t.co/CmoQOTyzPo
— Karin Fischer (@karinfischer) November 19, 2015
Below are a few ideas on how to better improve international student career outcomes, common barriers to the US job search, and how internationalize the career services office.
You can join a live discussion on international student careers during the interactive webinar on Dec. 10, 7pm EST. Details here.