Just for Our International Students – KELLEY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Now that you have several networking events under your belt, it’s time to continue the conversations with the recruiters and professionals you met. This will require sending a simple email – a brief introduction, 2-3 sentences on why you are interested to connect, and then asking for 10 minutes of their time to talk. Give them options—either cell phone or zoom, for example.

When networking, your first question to the employer or professional should NOT be: do you hire international students? First try to impress the recruiter by mentioning transferable skills you have gained at Kelley, during your internships, and which you bring from back home. Then, follow with the “smart” questions based on your background research on the company and your interests, but be specific. Your goal should be to develop a holistic conversation that you can continue via email. The answer to the above question will come during the conversations, and after you prove yourself as a strong candidate.

Also, there are currently over 2.9K jobs available for international students, only on Handshake. Remember that your education visa should be covering your CPT and OPT.

UCS Peer Coaches’ Tips

  • The earlier you start your research and your career planning, the better!
  • When networking with employers or professionals, ask questions that will make you stand out from the crowd.
  • If you do not invest time to learn about the employer, why would they do the same for you?
  • Always remember to have a clear and clean background during your virtual appointments.
  • It is better to come overdressed…always!

Your action steps for this month:

  • Curious about possible careers, explore our Career Insights
  • If you are Junior or Senior plan to attend the upcoming events, to network, learn about industries, possible position or simply to practice your networking skills! The full list of the events is available on Handshake.
  • Consult our Kelley Career Guide to identify what you need to improve upon on and make an appointment with a Career Coach.

October Key Dates:

A MUST for international students:

International Students: Explore your U.S. Immigration Possibilities with Fragomen – Top Immigration Law Firm:  Thursday, October 20, 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Virtual

K2GC – International Students: CPT, OPT and the rest! Learn your Employability Options:  Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, HH 0202 Kelley UCS Prebys Career Center

Login to Handshake for a complete listing of all UCS related events.

Also, explore employment, internship, and other opportunities in the U.S. and around the world with Passport Career. Check out their trainings and workshops as well!

Helpful Resources

Student Organization

Featured Jobs

LinkedIn: Using LinkedIn Effectively

Ultimate List of Resume Action Words

Mock Interview Preparation

By Irena Otten
Irena Otten Associate Director of International Student Services & Career Coach