Four-Year Career Plan for International Business Students
The following four-year career plan provides some suggested steps and activities for undergraduate international students who are studying at the Lundquist College of Business. Students are more than welcome to customize this plan to best fit their goals and circumstances.
Priority: Adjust yourself to American academic life and learn about American business culture.
- Join at least one extra-curricular program or student organization that is related to your personal or potential career interests.
- Use self-assessment tools and attend career workshops and events provided by Lundquist Career Services or the university Career Center to explore potential major fields of study and career interests.
- Use DuckConnect to explore and try to obtain practical learning experience. Volunteering is often a very good way to build up your skills and experience.
- Set up an appointment with a career advisor at Lundquist Career Services via DuckConnect to talk about your interests and learn about ways of attaining your planned career goals.
- Consider taking courses that can help you understand career options and today’s job market.
Priority: Build up practical learning opportunities and skillsets.
- Use campus services and resources, such as DuckConnect and Career Services advising, to continue to explore occupations in which you might be interested. Make a list of targeted employers.
- Make a list of skills or strengths that you have and that your potential employers are looking for.
- Build up your skills based on the above list and further understand American business culture by actively participating in student organizations, volunteer services, campus jobs, internships, and so forth.
- Meet with a career advisor to talk about your interests and ways to land practical learning opportunities.
- Attend workshops provided by the International Student and Scholar Office to learn about types of employment authorization for international students to work on and off campus: Work study (mainly on campus), CPT (mainly off campus), and OPT (mainly for graduating students). Timelines and requirements of different work authorization are very important. Consult with an international student advisor ahead of time.
- Attend networking events or employer information sessions to network with senior students, alumni, or professionals to gather information about the career field that you are interested in and receive insightful advice on your career path. Consider conducting informational interviews with professionals.
Priority: Gain more practical learning experience and grow your professional network
- Identify gaps between what you have built up and what your dream occupation would be in terms of certain knowledge, skillsets, and work experience.
- Consult with a career advisor to ensure your job search strategies are on the right track. Don’t forget to consider practical learning opportunities in your home country.
- Make a list of international-friendly employers that you might be interested in. Explore potential H-1B employers in the Going Global database via DuckConnect or on www.myvisajobs.com.
- Attend career fairs and campus recruiting events, and explore on DuckConnect to apply for more practical learning experience. Target employers that you would like to have full-time employment with.
- Consider obtaining leadership or advanced positions in an extra-curricular program or a student organization with which you have been actively involved.
- Join professional organizations to expand your network.
- Develop your resume, cover letter, and professional LinkedIn profile. New to LinkedIn? students.linkedin.com.
- Use LinkedIn to identify individuals with whom you would like to network or conduct informational interviews.
- Start to explore your graduate school options if you are thinking about getting a master's degree in business. For many business master's programs, years of work experience are required and application deadlines can be much earlier than some other disciplines.
Priority: Make decisions and pursue your goals.
- Continue to obtain experience whether you plan to work or attend a graduate school after you have earned your bachelor’s degree.
- Work with a career advisor to improve your resume, cover letter, and interview performance where you can elaborate your practical learning experience, skillset or strengths, and your knowledge of the company or the field in which you have a strong desire to work.
- Update your LinkedIn profile and make it marketable for potential employers.
- Narrow down your list of potential OPT or H-1B friendly employers and grow your network with targeted employers.
- Continue to attend campus recruitment events, and be ready to talk about your upcoming career plans as well as employment authorization. Consult with an international student advisor to learn about options of work authorization for graduating international students, such as OPT and H-1B.
- Identify individuals who can speak of your academic or work performance and achievements for future work or graduate school references.
- Create a timeline of your possible OPT employment, employment in your home country, or graduate school application and examination, depending on your plans after graduation.