Career Workshops

ISSS is pleased to partner with the Career Center on our Career Workshop Series, which was designed specifically with international students in mind. More career-related resources are available on the Career Center website.

Spring 2021 Workshop Series

In Spring 2021, we'll offer one career workshop in February, March, and April. More information will be added as topics and dates are confirmed. Please check back periodically and see what's new.

Preparing for Job Fair Success

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 PM (PST)

Registration Required for Zoom Link

Are you ready for the Career Center’s upcoming Virtual Job Fairs? Career Counselor Judi Garcia will help you understand what to expect when you enter the Virtual Job Fair and how to best prepare yourself for professional interactions. International Student Advisor James Coon will share important information regarding your F-1 status and employment.


Strategies for Job Search Success: International Student & Alumni Panel

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4:00-5:00 PM (PST)

Registration Required for Zoom Link

Curious about what the job search is like as an international student? Tune in to this discussion, and get your questions answers! A panel of current international students and alumni will share their experiences and offer tips and strategies for a successful job search. 

Panelist Biographies

Sadaqatali Mirza is from Mumbai, India and is a Test Engineer at Apple Inc. with specialization in mechanical design and testing. He collaborates in new product launch activities to perform tests on various Apple products and develop test plans. Sadaqat received his M.S degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University and was awarded two scholarships for his academic performance and on-campus involvement. While in school, Sadaqat enjoyed participating in events designed to bring together the international community and is driven to help international students succeed in the U.S.

Joy Seet is a designer based in San Francisco. She was born and raised in Singapore, and recently graduated from B.A Design Studies at San Jose State University in June 2020. She has interned at Ogilvy and WPP, and discovered her interest in the marketing side of design. Joy is now a designer at TikTok, where she helps brands invent and launch legendary creative solutions that help brands and creative companies thrive on TikTok. Joy is also an advocate for helping graduating students navigate and launch their career journey. She is excited to share some tips and advice to international students wanting to succeed.

Mindy Trieu is an international student from Vietnam who has been studying in the U.S. for seven years. She earned her B.A. degree in Advertising from the University of Florida in 2018 and later moved to San Jose State University to pursue her MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics. On the way to making her first steps in achieving her career goals, Mindy would be happy to share her experiences with other international students and see everyone succeed together.

Vicky Vo is an Award-Winning UX Designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a Product Design Intern at DoorDash, a former Lead UX Designer at OrthoFX, and recently joined Jumpstart as a Product Designer. Vicky is currently a senior B.A Design Student at SJSU. Besides school and work, Vicky co-founded Students of UXD, an international community for students of all ages who are pursuing UX Design. Her broad background in UX, Visual Design, Psychology, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship has helped various startups to launch several digital products from scratch. 


The Role of Culture in Global Workplaces: The Case of Start-up Firms

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 PM (PST)

Registration Required for Zoom Link

What does it take to adapt to and succeed in a global, multicultural workplace? Using examples of fast-growing start-up firms, this session will explore the role of culture in the global workplace, and the reasons why successful entrepreneurs are often those who can effectively navigate differences in assumptions and expectations on their teams. Join us to learn how culture impacts the work environment, and gain insights you can use throughout your career--whether you’re working for a large or small company. 

Our guest speaker will be Sarika Pruthi. Sarika is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Lucas College & Graduate School of Business, San Jose State University (SJSU). Sarika teaches introductory and advanced courses in entrepreneurship and international business. Her research on immigrant and social entrepreneurship, venture capital/ private equity finance, has appeared in top peer reviewed journals. Sarika is passionate about the cause of innovation and student success. She organizes the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC), an annual business ideas competition, and advises Delta Gamma and IDEAS student clubs at SJSU. Prior to joining SJSU, Sarika taught and researched at King’s College London, University of London, and the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, where she also earned her MA and PhD.

This event presented by the College of Graduate Studies (Way to San Jose Program), Career Center, and International Student and Scholar Services.