International Student Career Journey

 

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year

 

First Year: Exploration and Adjustment 

Career Action Steps:

Explore Majors & Careers

Begin building your experience by:

  • Joining a student organization, activities, and volunteering
  • Getting an on-campus job, research, projects, job shadowing

Meet with a Pre-Professional Advisor if you are considering professional school (Pre-Law, Pre-Health, Pre-Vet and others)  

CCO

Meet with a Career Consultant

  • Discuss about Career/Major Exploration
  • Quick Chat for professional documents review, LinkedIn, Setting up MyCCO account

Set up your MyCCO account and profile

Create your first resume - Upkey

Meet with Pre-Professional Advisor (if applicable)

Additional resources

Networking tools:

Help with English verbal/written skills:

Get to know:

 


Second Year: Exploration and Gaining Experience

Career Action Steps:

Gaining Experience 

  • Get more involved in extracurriculars through taking on additional responsibilities and leadership positions  
  • Applying for internships/Co-Op (if you are ready) or on-campus job 
  • Conduct research, projects that are related to your major or field of interest 
  • Start internship search EARLY!

Continue building on first year action steps for career/major exploration: 

  • Conduct informational interviews 
  • Attend a career fair  

Pre-Professional school planning (if applicable)

  • Research programs in your interested field and application process 

 Employer Authorization 

  • Learn more about work authorization with Purdue ISS

CCO

Meet with a Career Consultant

  • Discuss Job Search Strategies
  • Quick Chat for professional documents review, LinkedIn, Setting up MyCCO account

Meet with Pre-Professional Advisor (if applicable)

  • Discuss professional programs and application process

Refer to Job Search in U.S. 

Plan on attending: 

Additional resources

What employers are seeking for in an applicant? 

 Get to know: 

 


Third Year: Gaining Experience and Internship Search

Career Action Steps:

Build solid experience in your targeted career field through internships, Co-Op, research, projects, volunteering, and etc.  

Begin your parallel planning

Career To-Dos: 

  • Attend Fall/Spring career fairs and employer hosted information sessions 
  • Update your resume, cover letter, and MyCCO profile  
  • Practice your elevator pitch  
  • Practice your interviewing skills 

Graduate and Professional school planning 

  • Research programs in your interested field and application process 

 Employer Authorization 

  • Learn more about work authorization with Purdue ISS

CCO

Meet with a Career Consultant 

  • Discuss job search strategies 
  • Quick Chats 
  • Use Big Interview and schedule a practice interview with CCO  
  • Graduate School Planning (if applicable) 

Meet with Pre-Professional Advisor to discuss professional programs (if applicable) 

Visit CCO Career Closet by appointment only on Boiler Connect.  

Additional resources

Internship and Job Search: 

Graduate school resources 

 


Fourth Year: Post-graduation Preparation & Job Search

Career Action Steps:

Evaluate post-graduation plan(s) and implement action steps.  

Continue Career To-Dos from 3rd year.  

Network to build connections for job search: 

  • Faculty and staff 
  • Alumni  
  • Professionals in the field   
  • Employers 
  • Peers  

Let us know your post-graduation plans by filling out the Next Step Survey.  

Submit your Graduate and Professional school application. 

 Employer Authorization 

  • Apply for work authorization EARLY! 

CCO

Meet with a Career Consultant 

  • Polish job search strategies 
  • Quick Chats 
  • Graduate School Planning (if applicable).  
  • Negotiating job offers 

Meet with Pre-Professional Advisors for professional school application (if applicable). 

Additional resources

Job Search in U.S.

Global Job Search