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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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Adopting Resilience Skills
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
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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. If you like what you heard, we would appreciate it if you could Rave and Review the show. It helps people find us. 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!
32:09
March 26, 2021
A Playbook for Landing Your Dream Job
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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.
49:49
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.
36:38
May 16, 2020
Getting Hired into a FAANG company
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 9, 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)
You can listen to the latest episodes of the Meet the Mentor on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on ICAway.com/podcast 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.
28:07
December 18, 2019