The list below was compiled by Beyond B-School which offers specialized career training for MBA students. For access to their online seminars for international students, register here.
1. Ask for help
As a new employee obviously there’s much you don’t know. It is completely acceptable and expected that you will need assistance. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Quite the contrary, it is a sign of a confident professional.
2. Define “Key Performance Indicators” or metrics to evaluable performance
When meeting with your manager, say, how will we measure the results that this project may have? Communicate to your manager that you have an impact driven mentality.
3. Seek input
Teamwork and collaboration are key characteristics of the U.S workforce. Depending on where you are from you may prefer to work individually. Be careful. Engage others often to review your work, even when you think you’re right. You may ask: would you mind providing me with some feedback on the 1st draft of the marketing plan I created?
4. Don’t be a robot
Don’t just complete tasks. Think! Ask thoughtful questions about your projects. You may ask: who will ultimately be consuming what I will be producing? Understand your customer.
5. Own your accent
Some international students worry that they maybe too shy for U.S standards. Some worry about their accents. Relax. What you need to do is be approachable. Remember the basics: smile, be thankful, express your gratitude to others often, and always be genuine, of course.
6. Be engaged
You don’t need to feel you need to speak up all the time. Instead, for example, take notes during meetings and listen attentively. Then, after the meeting, approach a couple of your colleagues and say: Hi. I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions about the meeting we had today. Such behavior communicates to others you’re engaged. Be curious.
7. Leave your footprint
As an intern, did you create a manual that improved on how your firm handles customer complaints? Strive for excellence and own your work.
8. Propose solutions
Can you maybe improve upon something your firm is doing? If so, let others know your ideas. Say: I feel that perhaps there is an opportunity for us to improve our digital presence by making more use of video. Would you know if this has been attempted before?
9. Make strategic connections
Don’t just network. Network smart. Are there international individuals in your firm you can speak with? Are there departments in your firm that do business with the part of the world you’re from? Reach out to these people and have interesting and global conversations with them.
10. Provide an international perspective
Are there best practices from your country you might be able to share with those you work with, and that might help your firm reach new heights? Get noticed by sharing with others how your global insights might apply to the U.S context, for example.
Please remember the CMC career advisors are here to support you during the summer as well. Email them directly to set up time!