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ICAway International Student Career Coach

ICAway International Student Career Coach

By Kwan Segal
Welcome to ICAway Podcast!

I am coach Kwan and this is Meet the Mentor, my podcast for international job seekers. I am a career coach and the founder of ICAway. I teach international students and experienced professionals how to brand themselves as a talent in the U.S. job market. In this show, you’ll be listening to organizational leaders and former international students who share their direct experience to help YOU overcome YOUR unique challenges as an international job seeker and build the right skills for a career search.

To find out more about what we do, please visit 🌐 ICAway.com
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🧲Becoming a recruiter magnet
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Did you know that the average job opening attracts 250 resumes? And that only 2% of applicants will be called for an interview? It’s hard to get results when applying for jobs online! In this episode, we want to help you increase your chances of getting job interviews. Our guest mentor today is Brian Fink, a Senior Technical Recruiter at Twitter. With 10+ years of recruiting experience, Brian has helped a wide range of professionals from new grads to C-Suite executives. Brian joined a conversation with Coach Kwan to discuss how job seekers can become recruiter magnets. Follow Brain on LinkedIn and Twitter 
44:05
August 27, 2022
🌟Personal Branding
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Personal branding is not exclusive to professionals in a leadership role. It is a tool that everyone should engage to help solidify their career, especially young professionals. Personal branding can help you in so many ways - not only to find your first job but also to pave your way on a fast track to success in the corporate world. Our guest mentor in this episode is Stephanie Nuesi [https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanienuesi/] She's the CEO and Founder of Max Up.  Stephanie is passionate about career coaching and public speaking. She has given over 300 workshops and events in 10 countries and has been guest speaker for companies like Wiley, The AICPA, UBS, LinkedIn, and more. Stephanie has been featured on Fox News, abc news, The Denver Channel, The Well, The CPA Journal, Josh Talks USA, and more. She has helped over 5,000 students and professionals from all over the world with her company Max Up, where she provides career coaching and professional development strategies and resources to help them land their dream careers. Because of her passion to keep involved with the community, she was chosen as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar and is now a NextGen 30 Under 30 for the hispanic executive magazine, which highlights the most successful latinos worldwide. Stephanie has interned in various top accounting firms, tech companies, and different banks in New York City and California. Stephanie is now a financial analyst at Google. 
27:28
May 07, 2022
🔎Finding Inclusive Companies 🌍
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program The ability to work with people having diverse values and cultures is extremely important. As an international student or immigrant in the U.S., you may be looking for an inclusive workplace Where people acknowledge your differences and know that your uniqueness will contribute to the organization’s culture and business outcomes. Our guest mentor today is Nadia Ibrahim-Taney. She is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and also the founder of Beyond Discovery Coaching Nadia and I sat down to discuss the approach to help you find inclusive companies in the U.S. Connect with Nadia, visit https://www.instagram.com/beyonddiscoverycoaching/
27:50
March 31, 2022
🌎Cultural Integration
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Adapting to a new culture is easier said than done. The Fear of rejection is real. How can we handle it? Our guest mentor today is Dr. Andrew Woods He is an adjunct professor at EMLYON business school in Shanghai, China and an adjunct faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada. Dr. Woods also has served as an advisor to the Canadian government on cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship and helping immigrants to settle in Canada. He is the author of three books and numerous articles and the editor and content advisor for the Shanghai government’s inward investment guides. Follow Dr. Woods’s work on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doctor-andrew-woods/ Looking for jobs in the U.S.? Visit https://www.icaway.com/
30:36
January 29, 2022
🤖 Break into Tech with a Non-Tech Background
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Do you feel that in order for you to land a job at top tech companies in the U.S. as an international student, you need to have a degree in computer science engineering? Let me ask another question: Do you feel that you’re not good enough because you come from a non-technical background? If you are from a non-technical background but you dream of joining a top tech company like Microsoft, let’s listen to Serah’s Story about how she overcame her barriers as an international student, built her profile, and got noticed by a recruiter at Microsoft without having a tech background or an engineering degree. Follow Serah's work on Instagram: CareerWomin (@careerwomin) • Instagram photos and videos Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
33:29
January 11, 2022
🗽Startup Visas
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program 55% Of America's Billion-Dollar Startups Have An Immigrant Founder. Immigrant entrepreneurs have long been an important part of America's economic success story. Unfortunately, Starting a business as an international student in the US is not that easy as visa requirements are complex. Our guest mentor on this episode is Fiona McEntee, an award-winning nationally recognized immigration attorney. She is the Founder of McEntee Law Group in Chicago. Fiona shares advice for international students who want to build a business in the US. Follow Fiona's articles and interviews: https://mcenteelaw.com/press/ Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
30:17
December 20, 2021
🌎Cross-Cultural Job Seeking
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program It is not easy to network with people or interview for a job as you are from another culture. Differences in cultural values and expectations can have a huge influence on how a candidates’ skills and experience are interpreted. Our guest mentor in this episode is Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill - a holistic career coach for professionals of color & allies. Nii Ato shares tips and approaches to overcome your barrier as a cross-cultural job seeker. Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
20:51
November 18, 2021
Investing in Yourself
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program “𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒕" "𝑵𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇.” - Victor Garcia, a recent graduate from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business. He is currently pursuing his dream role as an analyst at Deloitte consulting. 🗽First-generation students of immigrant families often feel intense pressure to be successful.  Victor Garcia is a perfect example of an American dreamer who is smart, intelligent, and hardworking. He sees his barriers and opportunities and never discounts himself. In this ICAway [Meet the Mentor] Podcast Episode, I sit down with Victor and discuss how we can invest in ourselves and achieve our dreams. 💡You will receive fresh ideas, inspiring, and empowering stories to help you overcome your unique challenges as a job seeker who may not have a strong network in the US or does not know where to start. Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
25:54
October 27, 2021
Landing Jobs in Canada 🍁
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program If you were an international Student seeking H1B in 2021, your overall chance of getting selected for H1B cap employment was only 31% Because of this, many students have started considering Canada’s easier system as a backup plan. But, is it easier for international students to get a job in Canada? In this episode, I sit down with Pat Chaisang,  co-founder of Empower - a community of career-driven international students across Canada. Pat and I discuss the key challenges of searching for jobs as an international student in Canada and a few tips to overcome them. You will receive fresh ideas, inspiring and empowering stories to help you overcome your unique challenges as an international job seeker. Learn more about Empower, visit https://www.isempower.com/ Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
36:13
September 26, 2021
Never Settle For Less
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program You have big dreams that you will land a good job. But when you move to a different country, you may run into a lot of naysayers -someone who thinks that you are joking and says “It’s impossible!” Our guest mentor in the Meet the Mentor Podcast for International Students is a Career Strategist and the Founder of SuperCharge - Sonal Bahl In this episode, Sonal and I sat down and talked about how she searched for jobs in a new country and ended up receiving 5 job offers in the middle of a recession. You will receive fresh ideas, inspiring and empowering stories to help you overcome your unique challenges as an international job seeker. Learn more about ICAway, please visit https://www.icaway.com/
32:24
August 30, 2021
Diversity of Thought for Better Business
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Ponsi Trivisvavet, a former international student from Asia, is highly recognized as the leader in AgriBusiness in the US. She is currently the CEO of Inari, the SEEDesign™ company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Within 3 years of her leadership at Inari, the organization has grown fivefold and has raised >USD 300 million in funding. At Inari, within 180 employees, there are >20 nationalities. Inari truly values the diversity of thoughts in order to elevate the organization to new heights of innovation. To learn more about Inari, please visit https://inari.com/ To learn more about ICAway, please visit https://www.icaway.com/
31:24
July 15, 2021
What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew
Most professionals who make it to the executive level cite mentoring as an important contributor to their career success. We all know having a mentor would make a difference to your career. However, do you know how to make someone want to mentor you and how to create a successful mentor-mentee relationship? Listen to our guest mentor, Steve Pae, to receive a view from the other side: A Mentor's Perspective Learn more about what we do, please visit https://www.icaway.com/ About Ascend, please visit https://www.ascendleadership.org/
42:18
June 17, 2021
Thriving during Life Transitions
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Coming to the U.S. for your new life as an international student can be an overwhelming process:  moving from your home country to the US,  enrolling in an American academic program,  maintaining good grades, finding internships, and  trying to secure a full-time job in Corporate America while you're on your OPT.  Harpuneet Kaur came to the US from India in 2012 as a Rotary International Foreign Exchange student and graduated with High Honors from High School. She then went to Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and graduated with a Business and Finance degree in May 2018. Upon graduation, she worked full-time at JPMorgan Chase and volunteered in a leadership position at Posana, an NGO geared towards the mental and holistic well-being of caregivers in the South Asian community. She currently works at Burgiss as a Client Service Analyst and serves as a Board Member at ALPFA’s New Jersey chapter.  This path may sound like a smooth road but it is certainly not. As an international student or an immigrant who moved to a new country and wanted to accomplish something that’s bigger than ourselves, we need to thrive during our life transitions. Let's hear from Harpuneet - how she thrived during her life transitions as an international student in the US. Learn more about ICAway, visit https://www.icaway.com/
39:25
May 26, 2021
Adopting Resilience Skills
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Everything that has happened, happens for a reason This doesn’t mean that we don’t have control of our destiny but it means we have control over our mindset and life that we want to have after any traumatic event or disappointments in life.  Namit Khurana is a former international student from India. He graduated at the time that 9/11 happened in 2001 and also survived through the fall of the American economy in 2008. Currently, Namit is a senior manager of business operations at Amazon, AWS. In this episode, Namit and I will share insights and experience starting from building resilience to building essential skills that will help you secure a great job and become professionally successful in Corporate America. If you like what you heard, we would appreciate it if you could Rave and Review the show. It helps people find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. And If you would like to share your own story or you know anyone we should bring to the show, please contact us at www.ICAway.com!
42:58
April 13, 2021
Career and Immigration Pathways
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Every year, thousands of students from India leave their home country to fulfill their dreams of studying abroad. Studying in the US allows students to seek employment during and after Graduation with their CPT and OPT. However, going through that immigration pathway is not easy. In this episode, Vinod and Coach Kwan discussed the challenges that International Students normally experience and how to create a backup plan if working and staying in the US after OPT is your goal. Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
32:35
March 26, 2021
A Playbook for Landing Your Dream Job
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program If you dream to join big tech companies, you may find yourself running into obstacles to achieving that goal. Did you know that, in 2019, one of the FAANG companies received around 3.3 million job applications and a candidate has only a 0.2% chance of getting hired? In this episode, Amit and I will talk about strategies that have helped him overcome his challenges and secure his dream job in the US as an international student. Check out strategic resources to help international job seekers, please visit: ICAway.com
42:36
January 10, 2021
Going Global as an Entrepreneur
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program Millennial and Gen Z entrepreneurship is growing at a faster rate. It is possibly because of the reason that Entrepreneurship is granting people more freedom along with generating more income if you do it right. However, choosing entrepreneurship is not easy and is full of difficulties. Being an entrepreneur means you are never off duty, at least until you get some success. If having your own business is one of your career goals, this episode will help you realize your potential as an international student and set the right expectations to increase your chances of success as an entrepreneur. To learn more about how we've helped international students land jobs, please visit www.icaway.com 
34:20
November 28, 2020
Overcoming Your Fears
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today: Join ICAway Coaching Program We understand how challenging it is for so many people when they need to step outside of their comfort zone; for example; as an international student, the idea of starting networking with American professionals that you’ve never met before must make you feel very nervous.  In this podcast episode, Coach Kwan, CEO & Founder of ICAway (https://www.icaway.com/) has invited Yoshi Umehara, a former US tax accountant at one of the Big 4 public accounting firms. Today, Yoshi is an entrepreneur starting his business that focuses on personal development and soft skills enhancement -  YEAYUBOX( https://www.yeayubox.com/).  Yoshi and Coach Kwan have recently sat down and discussed their personal experience in overcoming their fears and stepping outside of their comfort zone. We hope that our conversation will help you feel brave and bold to stay outside your comfort zone. Make sure you check out these key points: @18:00 Yoshi's "stepping outside of his comfort zone" memorable moments  @31:00 Coach Kwan's "stepping outside of her comfort zone" journey @42:00 Yoshi's latest stepping outside his comfort zone event @56:00 Our Call to Action for You! (especially a story of an international candidate that Yoshi met at a career fair) On a personal note, as a course creator, if anyone wants to start creating a course, you can check this out http://try.thinkific.com/kwansegal2157
01:13:42
August 27, 2020
Our Accents in Job Interviews
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today:  JOIN NOW Having an accent has always been the main barrier to Career development for many of us who were not born and raised in an English-speaking country. From a psychological research from Wharton, it revealed that non-native speakers of English are perceived as having weak political skills — which is considered essential for career success. In this podcast, Coach Kwan and our guest mentor, Melanie Fox, an acclaimed dialect coach and accent reduction specialist, have recently sat down and discussed how we can empower international students and help them overcome their fears during job interviews in English. Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
50:15
July 20, 2020
Finding Mentors
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast Robina Singh, a National Director at Ascend, is sitting with Coach Kwan Segal, Founder & CEO of ICAway, to discuss why mentors are needed for professional success, especially for International Students who are here in the US and want to find jobs in the future. Studies show that good mentoring can lead to greater career success, including promotions, raises, and increased opportunities. Mentoring has proved so beneficial that 71% of Fortune 500 companies offer mentoring programs to their employees. What are your key takeaways from our conversation in this episode? We’d love to hear from you.  Learn more about how we help International Students and Educators, visit https://www.icaway.com/
52:04
May 31, 2020
Global Early Talents
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast The class of 2020 now faces a challenging situation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Job postings have dropped more than 40% nationally and The total number of job losses for the month of April alone was more than double the total jobs lost during the Great Recession. Many of you may be wondering how you can stand out during this extremely competitive job search situation when you consider yourself as someone who does not have much experience. As part of this interview, we will discuss some qualities that a young professional like yourself can highlight beyond technical skills in order to stand out and be selected as an early talent for the company. ICAway guest mentor today is June Huynh, the Program Lead for the Student Training and Rotation Internship program at SAP America. SAP is the winner of the #1 intern program of 2019. SAP's 1,000+ interns represent 11 different countries. Let’s listen to June and learn about the expectations from a top Global employer like SAP. Find out what are their criteria to choose students or new graduates to become a full-time member of the company after the internship.
37:04
May 16, 2020
Getting into Tech
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast Employment is one of the main reasons that International Students choose to pursue their education in the US. The class of 2020 now faces a challenging situation due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment rate has already jumped more in one month than it has in 45 years. Many of you may be wondering how you should approach this strange reality as you finish your education this year. At ICAway,  this pandemic will not stop us from helping our students land their dream jobs as we are the community that sees the glass half full. In this podcast, Shazman Khan is a recent Graduate student from HULT international business school will share some tips of how he landed his 6-figure job at a top tech firm during this COVID-19 Shazman is the ICAway Talent Platform student member. Let’s listen to Shazman’s experience and prepare yourself for a job search during this COVID-19 recession. Click HERE to learn more about ICAway Talent Platform
25:38
April 24, 2020
Becoming Extra Good
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast ICAway guest mentor in this episode is Angela Jiang, a professional services director at one of the Big 4 Accounting firms. Angela has over 13+ years of experience in audit, controls, risk management, and compliance. She is a former international student herself and understands the challenges in the workplace that are brought on by culture variances. Angela was able to overcome the barriers and has spent a significant amount of her time coaching diverse candidates landing their “dream job” and excel in it. Angela was sitting with Coach Kwan to discuss some expectations from global companies and winning strategies that international students can follow in order to become Extra Good during the job interviews!
40:34
March 09, 2020
H-1B Policies and Changes 2020
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast This episode is designed to help our International Students who plan to stay in the US as long as possible. If that's your plan, you need to think beyond an OPT. Here are a few examples of questions we walked through with Attorney Art Serratelli in this episode: 😕😕Why H-1B is the most popular employer-sponsored visa?  What's the cost and processing time like?   Why do some companies clearly said that they didn't want to sponsor?   What are some key changes that will impact future H-1B sponsorship in 2020?   🚨What should be the strategy for the year 2020?  Art is the Partner Serratelli Mijal PLLC – a skilled immigration law firm that helps clients from all over the world secure their future in America. Coach Kwan and Attorney Art walked through all FAQs from many international students and educators when it comes to H-1B sponsoring.  Stay tuned to our Podcast Alert: Subscribe to our newsletter at https://www.icaway.com/ 
01:01:08
January 25, 2020
CPT and OPT (Do's & Don'ts)
Get Help Finding Your Dream Job in the U.S. Today:  Learn More When should I apply for the OPT? What should be the start date? I'm not sure if I can get a job within that 90-day allowance timeline, what should I do? What are the common errors that lead to OPT denial? What should I watch out for? At this time, many international students are now preparing for a summer internship or a full-time position after graduation. As CPT and OPT filing could be so confusing and chaotic, international students should be well-informed about things that they should and shouldn't do when it comes to CPT and OPT.  We want to help you avoid making common mistakes and be able to prepare for this in a more strategic way. Coach Kwan has invited Dr. Michael Elliott,  the Director of the International Student and Scholar Services at the University at Albany, State of New York, to share with us some common mistakes that students normally make during their CPT and OPT applications. Wanting to land jobs in the US? visit ICAway.com
28:07
December 18, 2019