My Career Story & Tips For International Students
About 3 years ago, I started my master's program at Vlerick Business School in Gent, Belgium. By this time, I was already well used to living abroad so that wasn't a new feeling to me. What was though was how different it was to find a job as an international versus a local. The difference being mainly from the language barrier, which is normal but still it wasn't so motivating when employers would immediately turn away the moment you mentioned you didn't speak a language fluently.
But as they say - where there's a will, there's a way (and that's so true)! I started out like everyone else, skimming through different job opportunities and submitting online applications. It didn't take long to realise this wasn't going anywhere though. In the meantime I was also doing what I do naturally - talking to new people I was meeting at different events and getting to know about their own career & life. And while I didn't realise it at the time, this ended up having a big impact on my own work later on.
My first job may have come easily since the founder of a software company found my resume on the university portal and later offered me a position. But after 8 months and the realization that it wasn't the best match for me, I was back to square one.
Recently my university hosted an international night where they invited alumni to come share their stories and advice for current students. I wasn't able to attend the actual event so I decided to make a video instead. The tips I share in this video are the ones that helped me most and I'm happy to now share them with not only the international students of Vlerick but of every school.
If you know an international student who is trying to start their career in another country, feel free to share this with them. And if you have any questions, ask in the comments below or send me a message via mail! :)