Recently IAJN conducted a large survey on the job outcomes and satisfaction of international students. The study showed that many of our alumni had difficulties finding a part time job and felt that the university did not provide the necessary help. Many alumni were also dissatisfied with job opportunities when returning home.
Last week we shared a story about international alumnus Arsyah’s wonderful time in Melbourne. This week we are happy to present another story of an alumnus who studied in Melbourne and who has some great advice about getting a part time job and finding a job when returning home.
Henri is an international alumnus who studied in Melbourne Australia. In 2010 he graduated from RMIT where he received a degree in Information Technology. Like many alumni, Henri describes his time abroad as one of the best times of his life. Studying in Australia made Henry more open minded and he felt that his education led to a simpler yet more effective way of solving problems. Way to go Henri!
Getting a part time job in Melbourne.
The time Henri spent working in a local restaurant in Melbourne is the best memory he has from his time abroad. It gave him the opportunity to fund his own tuition plus save up for later.
How did Henri manage to procure a part time job in Melbourne? Here is his advice: “To find a job, don’t be too picky and start with a can do attitude. Even working as a dishwasher can guide you through university”.
Going back home
When returning home to Indonesia Henri was filled with mixed feelings. On one hand he was happy to be back in a country where everything is cheaper and the food is more exotic. On the other hand Henri missed the Australian way of life. Being home in Indonesia with a university degree meant it was time for Henri to find a job. Now job hunting is not easy and can be very exhausting! But luckily for Henri he was scouted to become a management trainee.
You never know!
The way Henri was scouted was very unusual. Henri was on vacation when he ran into a fellow Indonesian tourist who worked in the mining industry. They got to talking and Henri told him about the efficiency of technology compared to conventional approaches in businesses, especially in mining production and distribution. Voila! Henri had procured himself a future career. This comes to show that you never know when an opportunity might prevail itself.
The struggles of returning home
According to Henri one struggle when returning home after graduation was that international alumni are not prepared to enter the job market in their home country. Henri stressed the point that “Fresh grads in your own country are prepared to join the industry in your country while you are prepared to join one in another country. You might be smarter and faster and more efficient, but your future boss might feel threatened by it.”
Because it can be difficult finding a job when returning home from an international education we asked Henri if he had any advice for returning international students. And he does. Henri thinks that you should “be humble, show your accomplishments but don’t boast and know the company you are talking to.”
Thanks for the great advice Henri!
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