International Students Archive

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Networking Must: Permitting Yourself to do the “ASK”

As I teach many talented international individuals about American job search networking -- what it is and how it works -- most quickly understand why they need to do it. But doing it? Going out and doing it? It just feels wrong to be so direct and aggressive. The

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What’s Your Story? – For Job Search or For Finding Your Passion

Some have asked me how I do such different kinds of coaching, from job search, to life transition, to executive coaching, expecting they are so different. Yet for me, there is a strong link. That commonality is in defining and owning our story. It's usually right there in front

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Bringing Out Your Dragon in this Year of the Dragon…

The Dragon is the most powerful of all the Chinese zodiac animals, a mythical symbol of power, leadership and actualization. In this year of the Dragon, you are invited to unleash the Dragon that resides within you. (This is an audio/visual blog post)

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Rescuing A Heroine’s Voice Haunted by Tradition

...I don't think heroines choose to be one, they become one. For my Chinese mother, her heroism grew from her wanting to count as someone, in part because it's who she is, in part because she's come from a line of strong women who were so constrained by the limits set

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“God Bless You”

Recently I came across a situation that "woke" me up from my cultural assumptions as an American. I was purchasing an item at a convenience store where the person behind the counter was of South Asian descent. It was just the two of us, a slow pace in the store.

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Reaffirming Self in the Company of Friends

There’s something magical about sharing the contours of our deepest thoughts, hopes and fears with lifelong friends; friends whom you trust, with whom you share similar core values.

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Seeking Recognition is Self-Respect

We are all human beings, seeking responses for our actions. When we don't talk about the progress we've made at a team meeting, the team doesn't respond with an understanding of our humility and recognize the work that's been done.  Instead, we are met with puzzlement, disinterest and distance.  We become invisible.

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What is American Small Talk?

Perhaps one of the most confounding aspects of American culture for international students and professionals is our habit of "small talk". Well, American small talk is not about the conversation's content. Small talk is a way for us to feel comfortable with others when we first meet, to address the awkwardness

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What is Your Vocation?

Have you ever noticed that when you talk about your professional life to others, you talk about your “job”, “how’s your job going?”, “are you looking for a job?”.  I was talking to someone the other day during which she lamented that too many young people are using their college education to

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Dreambridge Partners Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Video