Many international students, even if they want to pursue an international career, will return to their home country to get started in their careers, as this is most often the easiest and quickest way.
Whether you are looking to start your career in your home country or in another country outside the US, you will still need to:
Short term employment
Many companies offer short term assignments to foreign workers for a fixed period stated in the employment contract. If you receive an offer like this, it is important that you take the time to fully understand the conditions that go along with the offer.
Longer contracts and immigration
Some countries have special agreements for immigration regarding specialty occupations where these is a shortage of qualified people. These agreements allow foreign job seekers to enter the country on a work visa with the option of becoming a permanent resident after a given number of years.
The first thing you should do is to check for graduate recruitment services back at your undergraduate institution in your home country. You may find that career services at local universities are still willing to give you information and advice on opportunities back home. There are some further points of contact that you may want to explore in your search:
Most countries around the world have immigration procedures and policies that require foreign workers to apply for a work permit or employment visa. Usually, you need to have an employer who is prepared to offer you a job and support your immigration request. Most countries require applicants to be outside the country before they apply. You may be refused permission if you do not follow immigration rules carefully. You should consult the relevant embassy or high commission of the country or countries you are interested in for more information.
Do your research:
Going Global and Prospect's country database will help you in your research phase and provide you with useful tips and advice. Information is included for 50+ countries and explores issues such as visa and language requirements, vacancy sources, work placements and applying for jobs.
Prepare relevant documentation:
You will need to do research on global companies operating in the industries you are interested in. Here are some resources to help you find out more about international companies and careers:
As an international student, you may want to gather your references from people who can comment on your academic and work experience and performance before you leave the U.S.
You may also want to ensure that you have joined any professional organizations or associations and subscribed to any websites or professional magazines to keep yourself updated on your industries of interest.
You are responsible for making relocation arrangements for yourself such as flights, shipping your belongings, insurance and financial arrangements, unless your job offer included relocation support.