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1 CAREER SERVICES OFFICE Academics and Your Career Goals: How to leverage your time at HGSE Career Services Office

2 U.S. Cultural Competency True or False It is proper to interrupt a professor or supervisor to ask questions. A man should extend his hand to a woman in a business meeting and offer a firm handshake. It is appropriate to directly express disagreement with a teacher or supervisor. You have a better chance of getting a position in a company if a family member is also in the company. You should answer questions with strong eye contact with professors and supervisors. Knowing a person slightly in an organization can lead to this person referring you to a position. Grades matter in getting a position in education. It is proper to talk about your individual accomplishments in casual conversations with fellow students and colleagues.

3 Strategic planning… Going back to your home country? Optional Practical Training? H1B Visa? Green Card? J1 Visa with plans to return to the U.S.?

4 12 Month Timeline What you need to know to develop your timeline: Preferred sector Hiring practices for this sector Understand your gaps in experience to the function you would like to obtain. Working backwards: –Fill your gaps –Develop your professional relationships –Develop your marketing materials –Practice for your interviews –Apply for OPT* –Reach out to your professional relationships –Apply with expectation that employment will not come immediately *If seeking in the U.S.

5 Challenges & Opportunities Cultural Nuances Knowledge attainment Power distance Individualism Making decisions Networks Cultural Rules for establishing professional relationships Approaching new relationships Maintaining relationships Education Knowledge Knowing your leverage points Filling gaps in experience and knowledge U.S. challenges and opportunities

6 Leveraging Your Academics for Career Success Educational Knowledge & Cultural Competencies' –Ask questions that relate to your gaps in experience or knowledge. –Develop projects around your gaps in experience or knowledge to build into your resume. –Mimic and ask questions of the U.S. based students regarding knowledge and culture. –Ask U.S. based students questions about their previous job searches. Establishing professional networks –Ask students where they previously worked and the culture. –Reach out to alumni in organizations to help you with your projects. –Talk to speakers prior or after each event. Ask to stay in contact. –Set-up a LinkedIn account to stay in touch with contacts. –Get involved in leadership roles within your cohort.

7 Getting Started! 1.Programming Specific to non U.S. national students (handout) 2.CSO Orientations: August 24, AM or August 29, 3.CSO Program Orientations – check Hired and program listservs 4.24/7 Access – Ed.M. Online Resource Center and Hired. a)Gap Analysis b)Internships c)Networking resources d)Contacts 5.LinkedIn and Crimson Compass a)Semi- open networker – b)Tip sheet on Ed.M. Online Resource Center

8 Cultural Competency True or False It is proper to interrupt a professor or supervisor to ask questions. A woman should extend her hand in a business meeting and offer a firm handshake. It is appropriate to directly express disagreement with a teacher or supervisor. You have a better chance of getting a position in a company if a family member is also in the company. You should answer questions with strong eye contact with professors and supervisors. Knowing a person slightly in an organization can lead to this person referring you to a position. Grades matter in getting a position in education. It is proper to talk about your individual accomplishments in casual conversations with fellow students and colleagues.


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