Below you will find the video packages offered in the International Student Portal. We have arranged the topic to be completed in the order they are listed, from top to bottom. Below, for each section, you will see the title, an image, and a brief description of what the section covers. By clicking on the image you will be taken to a page were you can view the modules within that section.
Essentials to American Culture and University Life in the U.S.
Understanding American culture and values, the “why’s” behind our actions, is foundational for success in the U.S. Without knowing why something is done, it is difficult replicate it in a way that feels natural. The concepts of culture and the acculturation process are also explained, as well as an insight into the American university, classroom, and socializing in the U.S. These videos are also a good reference for you to refer back to during your stay in the U.S.
Job Search Success in the U.S.
This session shows how the U.S. job search process differs radically from many world cultures: how self-directed it is, the importance of storytelling and the need to contact strangers across hierarchical levels for job opportunities. You will also learn about the different venues to find job opportunities in the U.S. and the role of the Career Services Office.
Personal StorySelling Through Small Talk
Telling personal stories in public are not a norm in many cultures, but is a critical skill for engaging in the U.S. culture. This workshop helps students develop personal stories using role play in small talk scenarios. Students learn the fundamentals of American small talk.
StorySelling is about developing the most compelling stories and knowing how to convey them most effectively in the setting of networking and interviewing. Focusing on American concepts of customer needs and key selling points, this workshop will help students build a unique and relevant “core story” for their job search.
The Five Question You Must Master
Students will build on their core career story (their pitch) to create compelling and authentic Interviewing Stories. Specific focus on the 5 key questions and including the intent of interviewers, a templated framework for response and live practice with feedback.
Mastering Small Talk
International students perceive small talk as superficial and unnecessary, not realizing the critical role small talk has in American professional etiquette. The “transactional” aspect of small talk is particularly challenging for international students. This session focuses on how to navigate small talk using our EASE process: how to engage others, how to ask appropriate questions, how to showcase relevant stories, how to end and move on and follow up after the event.
Understanding U.S. Networking
Americans network in a way most of the world does not. Making contact with strangers, assertively promoting oneself and selling oneself in a disguised conversation are expected networking behaviors in the U.S. For many international students, however, this behavior would be viewed very negatively in their home cultures. This session explains what networking is, why these behaviors are acceptable in the U.S., different venues for networking and an overview of the phases of a conversation. Students will learn why networking is a must-have skill for international students looking for a job in the U.S.
Effective Networking at Events
Building on the foundational “Understanding American Networking” program, this session focuses on event-based networking, such as career fairs, on-campus company visits and speaker forums. Key elements will be addressed, such as conducting pre-event research, having clear goals for events, learning how to start, engage and leave group conversations and following up with contacts after the event.
Mastering One-on-One Networking
The most impactful networking occurs one- on-one. For international students, however, engaging individuals in positions of authority is simply not done, let alone conversing and selling to them. This session focuses on: how to make contact; phases of a networking conversation; how to engage socially; how to showcase their key qualities and ask appropriate questions during the conversation; following up after the meeting. One-on-one networking is, without a doubt, the most difficult and challenging job search skill for international students to develop and master.
Nailing the U.S. Interview
Interviews in the U.S. are much more conversational and story-based than in many world cultures. In many cultures, interviewers are somber and hierarchical, focusing on academic performance and task completion. In this session, students will learn about the American “socially-based storytelling” interview format and the phases of an American interview, along with an overview of the 5 questions students must master for success.
Negotiating the Job Offer the American Way
International students are often unaware of the components of an offer beyond the salary that can be negotiated. This session addresses the construction of an offer (salary, bonus, signing bonus, title, start date, project focus, etc) and the negotiability of each component. From a cultural perspective, this session addresses how to prepare for American negotiations and how to set the appropriate tone and language for a successful win-win negotiation.
Succeeding in Your Internship Toward a Full-Time Offer
With only 8-12 weeks in an internship, international students need to maximize their outcomes within a short period of time. Many international students are unaware that they can negotiate for the right projects. They also underestimate the criticality of establishing a network of relationships and building organizational visibility in converting an internship into a full time offer. This session offers a roadmap to to success, addressing areas such as: project clarification, direct manager communications (deliverables updates, getting feedback), presentations and expected socializing with peers, managers and executives.