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Degree: B.S.B. Accounting, CSOM
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: A Social Media Company (China)
Position: Analyst

What is your job?
I support the entire sales team by doing some data analysis, but I also work closely with our manager, who is basically in charge of the sales team and the whole HR unit of the organization. I do his scheduling, his meeting minutes, and anything that I can do to support the sales team.

How did you get the job?
I talked to my mentor, and he said that I should use my connections on LinkedIn, so I went to their website and found out that they were hiring people from China. Then I reached out to their HR, and they said that they were hiring people in Beijing. So I emailed them my resume. So I waited for interview and they got back to me.

What was helpful for your career development?
Mentors were helpful. They told me to use connections to ask for referrals. Thinking back now, I needed to hear that I should be patient and have faith in myself. I wasn't looking for any opportunities from them directly; I was looking for some comforting from them, basically, to tell me that I have the strengths and I should wait for the job that I was looking for. The support from mentors was helpful.

What advice do you have for current international students?
They should start building good relationships or connections with whom they have met on campus, especially their professors, mentors and classmates. Also, they should start making connections in school, whether it is at career fairs or any other professional events. Whether they are looking for jobs in the U.S. or they plan to move back to their home country, they should maintain those relationships with people in the U.S. just for better international connections.