by LAURA ATKINSON
For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Entrepreneurship in December. I am an international student from Malaysia, on an OPT visa, available to start immediately, and will not require an H-1B visa sponsorship until next February. I have spent the last five months furiously applying for jobs in Illinois and so many other states in the US. Each week, I complete an average of 2 to 3 interviews for various positions. Despite graduating with a 3.84 GPA, being involved in student-run ventures, multiple organizations on campus, and being a collegiate athlete for Millikin, I have so far been denied for many positions and have yet to hear back from many positions that I have applied/interviewed for.
Most of the positions I have recently applied to are part-time and pay minimum wage. They do not require high school diplomas or skilled experience.
Just over 3 and a half years ago, I took the risk of flying to a different country, almost 10,000 miles away from my family, my friends, my home. I was raised hearing that America was the Land of Opportunity, that if I rollup up my sleeves and put my nose to the grindstone, I could find a job that I love and a place to call home. I came to find the American Dream but am still searching for it. I am putting myself out there and applying for hundreds of jobs. I want to be able to give back to this country by working here, and my parents who are back home in Malaysia.
All this is to say that
A) I am in immediate need of either remote work and am willing to relocate to any state and
B) Many fresh international graduates want to work.
We are applying tirelessly to work and are getting rejected because we would require a visa sponsorship in the future. Even with jobs that do sponsor a visa, they require 8-10 years of experience. If you or someone you know is in charge of hiring at a workplace right now, I encourage you to consider hiring a young international person. We work hard to achieve our goals and now want to get hired.
Hire me, you’ll thank me later.
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2 thoughts on “LAURA ATKINSON: In Search of the American Dream”
On another point when you apply for jobs do not mention about your nationality, visa status or others yet.
Focus on your skills and abilities and achievements and how you can help the organization.
The person reading your application is probably a junior and will not forward the application because he/she will not know how to handle your situation regarding your visa. In other words they must initially see you as a US applicant to get you thru the 1st step.
Thanks, Robinson. I appreciate your feedback. I will message to Laura on you feedback.
Have a great day.