International Students

Career Connection & International Students


For International Students, employment in the US is different than for US citizens. 
Regarding your major in Economics or Economics & Accounting, Career Connection is here to help you explore your career interests, advise on the CPA exam and licensure, and edit and review your resumes and cover letters for your industry. You are always welcome to come in and discuss your future career prospects, but there are some questions you might have that other departments are better suited to answer.

We've created this page to try and make the transition from student to professional a little easier for you. 


Where to Start

First, UCSB Career Services has put together this general guide for International Students looking for work in the US after graduation. We highly recommend reading this when you start thinking about any sort of employment in the US, including Internships, On-Campus ​employment, and Professional Careers.

International Students Career Guide



What can I do to make myself more marketable to employers?

Unfortunately, just like with any student, there is no way to ensure that you'll have a job after graduation, let alone one in the US. That being said, there are some things you can do to make yourself more marketable to employers that ​are able to hire international students.

Below are some examples of ways to improve your resume:

1) Proficiency in the English language both in writing in speaking. This does not mean that you have to be perfect, but it is important for employers to know that you can communicate effectively in what may not be your first language.

2) Maintain a high GPA. Most employers will not consider hiring an international student unless they really impress them; a high GPA (above a 3.5) is an excellent signal to future employers.

3) Additional coursework in related subjects. An excellent way to differentiate yourself from other students is to pick up another major or a minor. Double majors in Mathematics, Statistics, Financial Mathematics & Statistics, or minors in Mathematics, Statistics, or Professional Business Writing are all excellent examples of additional relevant coursework.

4) Get involved in extracurricular activities. By getting involved in extracurriculars, you are showcasing your initiative, your ability to work in a team, and exemplifying your interests in a way that can build your resume.

Visas

For more Information or advising regarding Visas, please visit:

UCSB Office Of International Students & Scholars
Student Resource Building, Room 3130

OISS Website

This OISS STEM Extension Summary explains work authorization for Economics & Accounting students.


General Career Guidance

For general Career Information please visit:

UCSB Career Services
Building 599
Advising Hours
Monday - Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm


 



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