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UMass Amherst- Career Workshops for International Students

The International Programs Office (IPO), in collaboration with the Office of Career Services and the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), sponsored and organized two Career Workshops for international students during the spring semester.  The first session, held on March 9, focused on job searches and networking.  The second session on March 24 was dedicated to interviewing strategies.  

Mary Ellen Liseno from the Office of Career Services, together with Richard Yam and Nancy Condon from IPO conducted the workshops, each of which was well received by the approximately 100 international students in attendance. Topics of the career workshops included:
  • How to get a job in the U.S.?  (Understanding U.S. Job Search: Norms & Expectations)
  • Where to search for a job? (On-line Websites & Networking)
  • What you need to prepare? (Resume & Cover Letter)
  • U.S. style interviewing
  • Cultural norms and employer expectations
  • What to say and what not to say about your immigration status

Commenting on the workshops, IPO's Richard Yam said:  "As international students are choosing countries that not only offer the best education, but have the best chance for employment, these two workshops were very timely and helpful and will improve our graduates' employability"