If you are thinking about studying abroad,you should ask yourself the question: "Who can I be after graduation? Who can I work with?" In this article, we will give some rather extraordinary examples from the stories of Simmons University students - it is not too well-known in Russia young university, but already very popular and respected in the West (in addition, quite budget in price).
These examples will show that the options can be very different and even with an unusual specialty or rare talents it is possible to find the best use in your career and life! You can be anything! — as they say in the same Simmons University.
And while studying, can you work?
Let's clarify this question right away: as a rule, you can work, but quite a bit, so that it does not interfere with your studies. For example, in the U.S., the F-1 student visa allows you to work 20 hours a week — during the semester and 40 hours/week — on vacation. There are many vacancies on campuses, on college campuses, you can find paid internships. In America, they are usually of two types:
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Optional Practical Training (OPT)= 12 months, and STEMstudentscan go on a STEM OPT extension internship for another 24 months. A total of 3 years of work in the U.S. before graduation is not bad at all, right?
The British student visa also allows you to work 20 hours / week, but not everywhere: this option is closed by some colleges and universities on their training programs. Like, if you come to prepare for the university - so do not be distracted from work. Internships usually take 3 months (the last month can be remote), and now graduates of British universities have the right to receive a post study work visa - with it you can legally stay in the country for another 2 years after the diploma for work.
How to increase your chances of employment after graduation?
First of all, choose a flexible system of training: if you can choose your own specialties (major - main and minor - additional, auxiliary), directions, subjects, electives, you can build any specialist out of yourself.
A couple of examples:
- Bachelor's degree with three main specializations(major): Biostatistics, Sociology and Psychology. The girl planned to work in the FBI (hence sociology and psychology), but she developed asthma, which prevented her from taking entrance tests to the academy. She mastered the specialty Special Investigator for a federal contractor and since 2017 has been successfully working as a special investigator. Plus, she gained freedom in forming a schedule (which FBI agents do not have) and travels a lot - she conducts interviews throughout the States.
- Double degree with majors in Art and Mathematics. Yes, art and mathematics! The holder of this diploma got a job at L'Oréal for the position of Financial Planning and Analysis Manager.
- Majors are Neuroscience and Behavior. The bachelor girl during her studies helped to conduct professional research (gene mutations, behavioral problems) to famous scientists, so after receiving the degree she chose an academic path.
A flexible training system, an active choice of your own, a couple of internships or production practices - this is the way to your dream.