International Students - Alumni Success Stories
|Lee (Sherry) L.|
|Lee (Sherry) L.
Bachelor's, Media Studies, May 2013
Current Position: Marketing Associate, Lanner Electronics USA, Inc., Fremont, CA
Previous Position(s): Marketing Intern, Honkison Ltd, Hong Kong; Intern, Bleu Marketing Solutions, Berkeley, CA; Marketing Intern, Children's Center at Dance
Please describe what you do in your current position.
I oversee all marketing activities, like trade shows, and coordinate with the HQ in Taiwan.
What strategies and resources did you use to find your current position?
What was your approach in discussing your student visa status with your employer?
It depends on which stage I am on for my OPT. When I just began my OPT, I didn’t bring up the sponsorship issue during an interview unless the interviewers asked about it. When that happened, I told them I needed sponsorship, but always emphasized that my priority was to work for their company and we could discuss the possibility later after my probation.
What are your top tips for international students looking for a full time job?
Enhance your communication skills. Attend a panel, career event, etc. Networking equals job opportunity. My best advice is go there ALONE. Force yourself to speak with strangers and get connected! Always ask for their business cards or contact information in the end, but I don’t recommend asking for the contact information without any preliminary conversation. Sometimes, even though you don't know what the company does, you can give them a good impression if you express your interest in what they do by asking constructive questions.
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