Work wise

Regulation Check

Before applying for a job, a student must keep in mind the terms put forth by the respective country for foreign students working there. Violation of these regulations, for reasons of ignorance or the yearning to earn a little extra, could cost you your career. The government of USA allows only on-campus jobs to be undertaken by students from other countries.

The Australian government has drawn a line as to the number of hours a student is allowed to work and for foreign students it cannot exceed 20 hours a week. Foreign student counselors are available for any adjustments or orientation problems, be it housing, food, transport cards, cheap calling cards to call India etc.

One should opt for a workplace that allows flexibility as the study schedule could often overlap with project schedules at work. Open communication with the employer regarding your timetable could help you co-ordinate your work study day better.

Best remuneration per hour possible, in order to maximize the money bit and proximity to place of stay (as it saves commuting time) should be the ideal criteria when looking out for jobs. One should choose a job that does not require such work that can cause extreme fatigue as one needs the energy to study too.

Getting work at a place where his previous education could be sharpened, he eventually figured that most employers need someone who can contribute more than 20 hours a week. This could be a deterrent as without the unrestricted work visa, employers prefer engaging full time professionals.

Explore your options

In the US, the top rung jobs may include a teaching assistantship or research assistantship. The wages earned are respectfully high. Also popular are the less strenuous jobs such as librarian or student assistantship with a reasonable income. The last sets of jobs available on campus as cashiers and Kitchen help. Such kinds of jobs often have perks that makes it a convenient deal. For instance, working at restaurant may provide you free meals. Very often such bonuses are what attract students to work there. Students n often switch jobs if they fit the requirement. The criteria however should remain self improvement.

Students also opt for off campus jobs at petrol pumps and grocery stores to earn an extra buck.

Bartending is one of the most popular choices for part time jobs in the UK. Students also have scope in software related jobs as well as the supermarket, libraries and fitness training options. In Australia, the variety of jobs range from washing trams to working in call centers and departmental stores.

Attitude Awareness

Prospective education in famed universities abroad entails a lot of responsibility – that of living on your own, adapting to a culture that you may be diametrically brought up away from and even being treated as an outsider. As an Indian student one has to observe that foreign cultures do have certain norms of individuality personal space and professionalism in all aspects of life which aren’t different from that on the Indian work scene. At the same time the attitudes of those around you will shape yours.

In UK be it any semi skilled or unskilled jobs international students will get the rough stuff as it is evident that they need the jobs badly and will be willing to do almost anything to earn their living expenses. Students who do not hail from the same country may not know the options available for more convenient means of work. For instance, native students may know of alternative options for work in extreme weather conditions, which the Indian student may not be willing to explore. While to some it may seem unfair in the long run, this ability to work to challenging conditions may be of great help.

People are courteous and that professionalism is greatly valued in the US, people in Australia are concerned about the job at hand and not much beyond. The people there do not generally interact for conversation’s sake. Talking aloud and invading individual space is highly offensive. So while you’re at it, keep the decibel count low. Also, work schedules are to be strictly adhered to. Break time can be used for having fun, chatting, etc but loitering around otherwise is discouraged. Often, natives are caught by surprise when they see you speaking fluent English, the general perception being Indians aren’t very articulate in the language.

Punctuality and commitment to work is something that will help you go a long way. In most cultures, committing yourself to a certain task implies that you have considered all the pros and cons and will give in your best.

To wrap it up, it’s obvious that there’s a good amount of adapting that one has to put up with when out of India. But there’s no learning without adjustment.

  • ashish

    Stating Indian context just as an add-on, campus placements drives the recruitment process for most aspiring students. Apart from that for any applying candidate the view towards the job is about self reliance and coming out of parental finances. The next aim about job profile, job location, career growth etc.
    The above article is aptly written and insight into attitude, world view encapsulated. A worth reading.

  • aseem

    Indians manage everywhere , trust me.