Adapting to U.S. Culture

For International students, the key to acculturation success is understanding critical American values of individualism and personal expression — values that can differ widely from other world cultures. This session explains how these values show up in academic, social and job search realms in the United States and addresses what students need to do to succeed, including interactive role playing. (U.S. Cultural Norms)

 

Personal StorySelling with Small Talk

Telling personal stories in public is not a norm in many cultures, but is a “must have” social and professional skill in the U.S. This workshop helps students learn and practice the fundamentals of American small talk: developing personal stories, keeping a conversation going, entering and leaving conversations. (Develop Stories)

 

Career StorySelling

StorySelling is about developing the most compelling stories and knowing how to convey them most effectively in the setting of networking and interviewing. Applying American marketing concepts of customer needs and key selling points, this workshop helps students build a unique and relevant “core story” for their job search, debunking the myth that superior grades are the pathway to U.S. jobs. (Develop Stories)

 

The 5 Questions You Must Master for Interviews & Networking

Students build on their core career story (their pitch) to create compelling and authentic “Proof Stories” essential for job search conversations. This workshop unpacks the critical factors to successfully answer the “5 key questions” including the intent of interviewers, a templated framework for response and live practice with feedback. (Develop Stories)

 

Navigating Large Event Networking

Career fairs, on-campus company visits and speaker forums are International students’ first introduction to American job search networking. It can be daunting. Most cultures do not network like Americans. Key elements of group networking will be addressed, such as conducting pre-event research, having clear goals for events, learning how to start, engaging and leaving group conversations and following up with contacts after the event. (Practice Interactions)

 

One-on-One Networking

The most impactful networking occurs one-on-one. For International students, however, promoting oneself to individuals in positions of authority is simply not done. Many have never even conversed with senior-level individuals. This session focuses on how to: make contact; navigate the 4 phases of a networking conversation; engage socially; showcase qualifications and interest; ask strategic questions during the conversation and, follow 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. (Practice Interactions)