Work in Brazil. Work in Australia. Work in the United States. Whether you are looking to work locally or internationally, outside of learning the culture of the country it is also important to learn how to obtain the proper status of employment. University of Georgia has a large percentage of international students who will be faced with tough decisions leading up to graduation. To help with the post-grad plans, here are some helpful resources and tips regarding Visas and employment.
After obtaining a degree, it is hard to decide what to do next. Do you want to return to your home country and find employment there? Do you want to stay in the United States and work with a local company? Or do you simply need more time before you make any decisions?
One of the best resources on campus for international students and studying abroad, is the Office of International Education OIE located on Lumpkin street.
*International Student Scholar Immigration Services (ISSIS) has a team of advisors to help international students with academic or employment related questions.
*OIE also provides helpful information related to different Visas. They highly recommend preparing and applying BEFORE graduation because of the long processing time. The estimated times can change depending on different circumstances, therefore a Visa that could take 3 months to process can last up to 6 months instead.
So let’s say you decide to gain work experience within your major after graduation. The Optional Practice Training (OPT) offers the opportunity for students on F-1 immigration status to work in their field of study, during or after the completion of their degree. ISSIS has great resources and information sheets that describe the guidelines and requirements OPT Information Sheet.
Understanding a foreign language is a skill that is in high-demand. Many U.S. citizens are bilingual, and they understand how to speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. This is a very unique skill that can set you apart from the competition in the job market. One of the best ways to gain confidence and comfort speaking a second language is by immersing yourself within the environment and culture. Whether you are seeking for internships or jobs abroad, here are some helpful links to facilitate your search:
iAgora– Allows students to search for updated internship postings across 73 countries.
Europe Internships – Seek out internships and jobs throughout Europe
Gap Year Programs– Utilize your Gap Year to explore a new culture
Bunac– Work in countries such as Australia and New Zealand
Latin America Jobs – Use their network to search for Latin America Careers and employment
Work in the US
On the other hand for international students, who want to stay in the states and find a full time job, there are resources and outlets to help your search as well. As an international student it can be intimidating talking to an employer, and discovering they will not hire you, not because of skills or expertise, but because of your residential status.
To help save time and effort, H1B Sponsors provides a comprehensive list of employers who have sponsored international students in the past. The H1B report lists employers and their status of crediting or discrediting sponsorship for the H1B visa.
Employers such as IBM, Apple, Wal-Mart Associates, Bloomberg, Bank of America are all on the list. Check out the list yourself to see if there are any companies that are of interest.
So hopefully this information will help with your post graduation plans. Don’t give up and don’t stop trying. Remember, it is a job to get a job and there is a job that is the perfect fit for you.