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Have you planned for the Winter break? Traveling? Having a relaxing time with family? All sound good. But don’t forget the Winter break is also a great period to build up your personal brand. Here are some tips from INTLconnect.

            1. Connect with UIUC international alumni in year-end alumni events. Visit the University of Illinois Alumni Association. You can see a variety of international clubs and contacts of each county and many year-end alumni events in different local areas. If you go travel somewhere in the U.S. or go back to your home countries, find out whether there are UIUC international alumni and events there. It’s worth spending your time to research and to meet local alumni.

            2. If you do a short-term intern or volunteer, don’t miss a chance to develop quality networks with current employees there. They would refer you to a position in which you are applying in the future.

            3. A perfect time to trim your LinkedIn page. Post your professional photo, and write a unique and concise summary such as your elevator pitch. Also, find and join a LinkedIn group related to your goal so that you can give and get professional advice. If you cannot find a group, create one.

            4. There is no royal road to learning, in particular learning English. Only practice can make perfect. Use a variety of materials such as movies, social media, or books to improve your English proficiency based on your learning style. EFLSensei website is sharing good tips for you. If you actually don’t take actions for learning, a bunch of useful websites and on-offline materials would be meaningless. 

Achira Kulasekar, one of UIUC international alumni who completed Spring 2013 ICC program shared his success story with INTLconnect. His story will give you helpful tips to develop your career in the U.S. Read his storyand have yourself motivated. Hope you don’t forget share your success story in the future. 

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The Career Center is recruiting CSPs for the 2015-16 academic year. Are you interested in supporting your peers and getting PAID for skills you will use for a lifetime? Come to info sessions to meet current CSPs and learn more about the position! Applications will be available starting Friday, January 23rd 2015 through Friday, February 6th 2015 at 5pm, please read further for details and Info session dates here.  

Any days during the Winter break, Nationwide 

A number of illini alumni year-end events are coming up in everywhere! A variety of Game Watch night in a variety of areas, Networking, Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres at San Diego, CA; B1G holiday dinner at Redmond, NE and so on.  You name it.  This is a great chance to expand your networks and gain life lessons from seniors’ hands-on experience.  Check the event calendar on U of I Alumni Association website and take advantage of great excuses to meet your alumni. 

Success Story

Achira Kulasekara
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Achira Kulasekara 

Achira Kulasekara participated in Spring 2013 ICC program. He came to UIUC in 2010 and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in...

Yeaji Ham
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Yeaji Ham

Yeaji Ham came to the U.S. when she was in 9th grade and graduated from UIUC in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. This Korean alumnae worked at the...

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Indra Kusmanto

Indra Anthony Kusmanto came to UIUC in 2011 and graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Technology Management. This Indonesian Alumnus is now interning...