Our Founder

Hello everyone. My name is Marcelo Barros and it is very nice to meet you.

I should start by telling you that I have always carried the international bug in my system. To this day I am not sure how I got infected. Neither one of my parents like to travel that much. And there I was, always wanting to be far away, out in the world, observing the unusual. I went overseas for the first time at age 14, on my own.

I’m Brazilian and grew up in Florianopolis, a town known for its beautiful beaches. My interest in travel prompted me to investigate options to go to college overseas. I eventually became a desperate international student – that’s how I used to describe myself – running around the beautiful campus of the University of Oregon (UO) without a job search plan. I had always been a good student, but what I really wanted was a job in the U.S. I did not want to go home after graduation.

I was told to go to my university Career Center if I was serious about finding a job.  Well, I got so used to going there that I eventually started working at my university Career Center as a Junior. Before I knew it, international students came knocking on my door asking me, “How do I get a job in the U.S Marcelo?” Without realizing this at first I found myself feeling more and more comfortable answering this question.

You can learn a little bit more about myself and how I approach my work by watching the video below.


Since I first arrived in the U.S over 20 years ago I moved from J-1 to Academic Training (very similar to OPT), H1-B for 6 years, then my green card, and then I finally became a U.S citizen in 2007. Somehow I survived this journey. Post MBA I worked for companies such as Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems. I have experienced strong corporate cultures which have shaped me into the professional I am today and have allowed me to create The International Advantage. Along the way I also worked at university career centers, and always focused my efforts on the job search needs of international students.

My most trusted business advisors getting a head start on becoming global professionals

And rest is history, as they say. It seems that life has come full circle for me and through The International Advantage I find myself now doing what I used to do as a UO college student: help my international friends beat the odds and secure U.S jobs. To say I’m lucky is an understatement. I also love the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and the world of work. And last but not least, as an avid fly fisherman I find inspiration to design unusual job search training programs for international students while looking for trout.

Catch and release, always

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