This post is for career services staff who support international students in their job search.
Each year the Institute of International Education (IIE) produces an annual report, Open Doors, summarizing important trends in international education. The report offers a glimpse into international students trends, including students’ academic and increasingly professional journey. In 2017/18 the number of international students studying in the US reached 1,094,792. A record number of international students, 203,462, took advantage of OPT in the 2017/18 year, an 15% increase from the 2016/17 school year.
The challenges for international students looking for work in the US are immense. From navigating American style networking to understanding the H-1B job search process to figuring out what exactly to say to people on LinkedIn, international students need more support in their search compared to their American peers. Despite the challenges, the majority of international students want the opportunity to experience working in the US.