Professional development for career services professionals

The high enrollment of international students across U.S universities has created interesting challenges for career services professionals, many who have never had training on how to best help international students achieve their job search goals. The International Advantage program has partnered with career services departments to provide staff development training aimed at increasing a team's performance as it relates to helping international students succeed in today's competitive job search market.

We find the observation below to be spot on:

“On-campus student counseling and other services addressing student career needs remain primarily designed for effectiveness with domestic learners” Understanding and Responding to the Career Counseling Needs of International Students on U.S. Campus, Stephanie A. Crockett and Danica G. Hays (2011)

We help career centers confidently execute on strategies that delight international students, increase their satisfaction, and lead to higher international student job placements. A train the trainer session is designed to enable career service staff to:

  • complete an honest SWOT analysis of their department current efforts as they relate to how services are provided to international students
  • review career development theory as it relates to international student career development
  • create employer relations strategies aimed at international students, including the development of programs that maximize job opportunities for international students during their studies as well as right after graduation so they can leverage OPT
  • review “networking” frameworks that allow international students to be themselves as opposed to adopting U.S. based networking tactics that don’t fit them
  • engage international alumni as a way to achieve short and long term goals
  • create a strategic plan which focuses on future potential enhancements for their department that could lead to higher international student satisfaction and job placement

Contact us to learn more.


Marcelo delivered a lively 2-hour session to our equally lively group of Boston-area career services professionals. His presentation was rich with specific examples of how to apply the ISEL model, and he built in solid opportunities for guided group discussion as well. Marcelo’s passion for his topic is evident and his new book will make a great gift for international MBA students … and their advisers!

Naomi Dishington | Associate Director
Career Management Center, Graduate School of Management | Clark University

Marcelo, thanks for an engaging session. You introduced some fresh ideas to an experienced audience. Your approach is solid and we gained concrete ideas for working with our international students. I appreciated the examples.

Michele Rapp
Career Coach and Life Coach | New Momentum Coaching

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