Studying abroad can be expensive thus, most international students get jobs to support themselves financially while studying. Some even go the extra mile of going into business. Wouldn’t it be fun to know how international students can kick start graduate careers? Stay with us as we tell the tale.
1. Plan Early
In order for international students to start graduate careers, they need to develop interest in particular fields of interest early. They also need to identify their weaknesses and strengths and think of what they need to do to succeed in such fields.
2. Know your Priorities
Decide on what’s most important to you; knowing your priorities will help you get relevant work experience. It will also help you enjoy working, develop skills and build capacity. With all these factors combined, you stand a great chance of landing your desired job after school.
3. Know Yourself
International students who want to kick start their graduate careers need to know what they really enjoy doing. When applying for jobs, apply for roles that excite you. Armed with this information, you will be in a better position to know what career suits you best. You can begin to gain the needed experience through internships or part-time jobs
4. All experience is a good Experience
One great way to know your best fit for jobs/careers is by learning about them through experience. So, be open to gain different experiences within and outside your field. All these experiences will work to the benefit of developing your career. This will also help you demonstrate transferable skills which future employers are interested in.
While studying, recruiters run events on campus; most sectors have professional bodies that run networking events. An example is the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Endeavour to be broad with your networking so that you are open to more options/chances.
6. Recognise the skills you gain from your Experiences
Each part-time job or internship helps you get different soft and work skills. For instance, being a waiter/waitress at a corporate event helps you build competence in organisation, leadership and the ability to work under pressure. This makes you an asset to your potential employers who can rest assured that you can do the job hands-on.
7. Prepare for the Unexpected
When you prepare yourself adequately, you’d be better suited for the unexpected. You can prepare by attending mock interviews, practising online assessment tests and having your CV ready. Have a list of answers to possible questions as well as questions of your own for your potential employers. Use this to demonstrate all your transferable skills.
8. Join suitable Societies and Clubs
Studying at the university provides students with extra-curricular activities Belonging to a club or society is great fun and helps students learn and express their skills. This shows that a student is more rounded which is always a boost for the CV.
9. Find a Mentor
If there are any lecturers you admire and are towing a path you’d like to follow, share your ambitions with them. They can mentor you and show you the ropes. They can also write you recommendation letters when the need arises.
10. Make useful Friends
It’s important to surround yourself with people who share your career aspirations. They can serve as contacts and help you learn more about your career. This is a step in the right direction and sets you on your way to success.