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Continuing Education for International Students.

Why and how International Students can continue their education after graduation.

Many international students finish their college education abroad only to find themselves underemployed and doing jobs they never intended to do. While this is common, you don't have to be underemployed forever and lose your current skills.

The best way to guard against this is by continuing your education. If you have an undergraduate or even Masters Degree and still underemployed or unemployed, there are several ways to continue your education and make you more employable.

Many 4-years degree programs offer broad based education, giving broad technical knowledge with no specialization in specific skill sets. Masters Degree programs on the other hand teach more management courses than specialized technical skills.

Many employers require an entry-level candidate to have some specialized skill suitable for their line of work. This is why many undergraduate and masters Degree holders find it difficult to find a job if they don't have work experience. If you find yourself in this position, you better consider continuing your education by attending a Technical or Community 2-year college. These offer a narrower and more specialized coursework suited to specific jobs.

It may seem ironical to go back to a 2-year technical college if you have a masters or 4-year degree. However, many entry level jobs require one to have industry specific skills or certifications that a masters degree will not provide. 2-year technical college programs are more tailored to these specific industrial certifications, hence make it easier for you to find a job. They are also cheaper.

This doesn't mean that masters or 4-year degree are worthless in the job market. They will often help you get an entry-level job and also help enhance your career once you've got the job.

Another option for continuing education is doing online classes for specific subjects that you want to specialize in. Online classes are cheaper and very convenient, given you don't have to physically attend the college. Therefore you can take online classes from colleges located anywhere in the country.

If you are unemployed or underemployed, try to gain more specific skills through continuing education. This is the best way to prepare for a future job of your dreams.