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International Student Success Stories, featuring Syn Dee Chua

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Syn Dee Chua is graduating this fall and is an undergraduate in Civil Engineering with minors in Surveying and Mapping as well as City and Regional Planning.  Last year she interned at EMH&T and is currently interning at George J. Igle & Co., Inc.  

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  
At George J. Igel & Co., Inc., I work with a Project Manager to oversee various ongoing construction projects in the Columbus area. Main responsibilities include administering subcontracts and purchase orders for a project, track and submit extra work items, track project quantities, collecting and maintaining project documents. I also help with construction estimating to help with project bids. 

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 
My biggest resource is word of mouth. I've been … 

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International Students and the Job Search, Part II

Use your international background to your advantage:

Don’t try to hide the fact that you are an international student; you should be proud of your background! Most international students have been exposed to different cultures and systems. The fact that you are an international student can be a huge advantage, as it shows that you are flexible, adaptable, and independent just by virtue of coming to the US to study. Are you fluent in multiple languages? These are all qualities that are sought after by employers. Highlight your unique background! It will make you stand out from the crowd.

Target companies that have locations in your home country:

Be strategic during your search by focusing on employers that have ties to your home country. Those companies may take an interest in developing your talents in the US and continuing your employment in your home country. 

Attend ECS events geared … 

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International Students and the Job Search, Part I

Anyone searching for an internship/co-op or job in today’s market faces tough competition and being an international student can add an extra level of difficulty.

Although the job hunt can be frustrating, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many international students who have secured internships or full-time positions while hosting career related events on campus. Based on my experience, I’d like to share a few common themes I’ve found to be true in student success stories:

Develop a well-written resume:

The resume will determine how successful you are in attracting potential employers – focus on your strengths and achievements! Check out the ECS resume template for international students.

Don’t put your eggs all in one basket:

In other words, do not place ALL your time, energy, and effort into studying and getting that 4.0 GPA. Take some time outside of classes to speak with people who are working … 

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Advice for International Students Seeking Employment

ECS held its first international student panel on Monday, November 4, 2013. Over 70 students and staff attended to learn about successful internship and job search stories from students representing several different countries, majors, and industries within engineering.

Panelists were asked to give job search advice to international students in the audience. All panelists shared the same message – job searching takes time, effort, and persistence. It’s not unusual to for a job seeker to apply for a handful of positions and not hear anything! Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of the panelists’ advice in the following areas:

Resume Quality

Your resume is what opens the door to a job interview! Think quality over quantity. Applying to 50 jobs will not increase your chances of securing an interview if your resume content or format is poor. Be sure to tailor your resume to the specific … 

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International Students' Job Search Success Stories

Are you an international student looking to secure an internship or full - time employment in the US? International students face certain challenges and restrictions throughout the job hunt. Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of networking opportunities that allow you to gain helpful advice and suggestions. 

Hear from a panel of international, engineering students who successfully found internships and career employment in the US at companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs, and Cummins Inc. Join us on Monday, November 4th at 7:30PM in 014 University Hall to learn about panelists’ experiences and tips for finding a position!

Various topics will be discussed that are aimed towards improving your job search success:

  • Understanding the basics of successfully applying and interviewing for positions in the US
  • Developing applicable skills that employers seek
  • Building a network of contacts
  • Utilizing effective job search resources

The event … 

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