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International Alumni Job Search Stories

Below are stories from international alumni about how they found work after graduation. We also compiled a list of their recommendations for things international students and graduates should do while looking for a job. If you are interested in sharing your story or advice, please send an email to isss@umn.edu with the subject "International Alumni Job Search Story."

Bilal

Bilal

Degree: B.S.B. MIS, CSOM 
Graduation Date: May 2014 
Employer
: A Power-generation Product Firm (MN)
Position: IT Business Analyst
One Suggestion: "Start early! Start getting in touch with people early and use the resources, your colleges and career coaches. Start building your network and reach out to people."
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Deukyeol

Degree: B.S. Computer Science, CSE
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: A Software Development Company (MN)
Position: Software Developer 
One Suggestion: "So do not give up until the end [of your job search]... All the seniors I know applied for A LOT of jobs. Compared to how much we applied, it is a small number of interviews that we had. Think of applying for 200 jobs"
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Heshan

Heshan

Degree: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, CSE 
Graduation Date: May 2012 
Employer: An Engineering Company (CA)
Position: Sprinkler System Designer
One Suggestion: "...Be flexible and take the opportunity that comes first because that can get you to another opportunity. You need to be balanced between what you want to do and what comes to you."
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Lucy

Degree: B.S.B. Accounting, CSOM
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: A Social Media Company (China)
Position: Analyst
One Suggestion: "Start building good relationships or connections with whom they have met on campus, especially their professors, mentors and classmates... [and] at career fairs or any other professional events."
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Paolo

Paolo

Degree: B.S.B. Accounting, CSOM
Graduation Date: May 2012
Employer: A Social Media Management Software Company (NY)
Position: Associate Analyst
One Suggestion: "I joined several cultural groups and a Fraternity during my freshman year... These experiences forced me to grow as a leader and get used to operating in high-pressure environments... Answering the interview question 'Tell us a time when you experienced...' became easy as I had plenty of stories to pull from."
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Sangyeon (Clara)

Sangyeon (Clara)

Degree: B.A. English and Political Science, CLA  
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: A Korean Governmental Organization (DC)
Position: Researcher
One Suggestion:"My internship experience during college was very beneficial for me to get hands-on experience in my field."

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Subin

Degree: B.S. Biology, CBS
Graduation Date: May 2012
Employer: A Biochemistry Laboratory (MN)
Position: Lab Assistant (part-time)
One Suggestion: "Start off volunteering to gain some experiences and learn about work environment here. Later on for paying jobs... know about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and OPT... and be able to explain the related regulations to recruiters or employers."
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Yu "Star"

Yu "Star"

Degree: B.S.B. Accounting, Finance and MIS, CSOM
Graduate Date: May 2015
Employer: A Consulting Firm (MN)
Position: ERS Consultant
One Suggestion: "I used numerous resources to help me along the way. The most beneficial one, I believe, is the Undergraduate Business Career Center in Carlson."

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