International Education Tips

I was on a 6-month backpacking trip when I was offered the chance for an interview. I found my only good smelling shirt and so started my career in international education.

My name is Chelsea Herskovitz and I currently live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. I have worked at larger colleges, small colleges, and community colleges – so I’ve seen a lot!

My passion for international education comes from being part of a family of immigrants. I know how hard it can be to adjust to living in a new country. Not the big cultural changes, those are easy enough to google, but the small things that take forever to learn.

The thing I love helping students with is anything and everything surrounding working volunteering in the U.S. Student’s ask me all the time how they can apply to jobs, set up their resume, make themselves look competitive and really give themselves the best chance for success in the working world.

Read below for my tips on things you can do now to prepare yourself after graduation:

Volunteer. I know, this isn’t what most students want to hear. But volunteering your time to a religious/charitable organization is not only a great way to meet new people, develop new skills, make friends, and network, but it looks awesome on a resume. We hear from employers all the time they want well-rounded employees!

Join a club. Another tip that isn’t directly job-related, but it’s another thing we hear from employer’s, they want people with a variety of skills and interests. If you join a club, you may eventually be able to serve in a leadership role, which will give you something to talk about in your interviews.

Talk to Alum. Your school likely has an alumni office and they usually hold events or are happy to connect you with alum. Think about jobs you’d like and find alum in those roles!

LinkedIn. It’s not only a great way to apply to jobs, but it’s a great way to see other people’s experiences and reach out to new people. Ask them if they’d be willing to connect over zoom or share any tips for those looking to break into the field. Especially in the time of COVID, your online profile will be important!

Talk to your International Office. They are the best people to give you any advice on work authorization you may be eligible for based on your studies.

Talk to your Career Office. You may find that they do mock interviews, resume review, job fairs, and so much more. Make sure to explore their resources!

Intern. (When you have work authorization) Internships are a GREAT way to get your foot in the door with a job. Companies are more likely to hire full-time staff from people they already know. Starting off in an internship is a great way to make a great impression.

Get close to your professors. Not only are they a wealth of knowledge, but they often still work in the field they are teaching. Your engineering 101 teachers not only may still work as an engineer, but they likely know other engineers and are usually happy to make introductions.

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