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UnderEmployment for International Students.

Underemployment is a problem that many International students will discover when they go abroad. One usually travels abroad with a dream, puts great effort in their studies and spends lots of money to earn their Degree, even a Masters Degree with top marks and come out ready to find their dream job.

Some International students are lucky. They land good positions straight from college. This is however not the case for most.

A common scenario is where you apply for dozens, even hundreds of jobs, get a few responses and even fewer interviews but no job offers. All you get are regret letters or sometimes none at all. After unsuccessfully trying to find your dream job for some time, reality sets in that you will actually not get the job in your career field.

Even assuming you have work authorization, a time will come when you need to start paying your own bills and your family will no longer support you financially. They will actually demand that you support them since you now have a "Good Degree" from a prestigious University, hence you should have "no problem" finding a good job.

When you reach this stage, you will start looking for any paying job, whether it's in your career field or not, whether it requires any education or not. Most international students eventually find a job in the service or manufacturing sectors doing jobs so different from what they imagined they would ever do, they are sometimes ashamed to reveal what they do for a living.

You may also find yourself working with people who have a much lower education level than yourself and with a completely different attitude to life compared to yourself. No matter what you think about your current job, remember that it helps pay your bills hence you need to respect it and make sure to get along with your co-workers.

It's also highly advisable not to let your co-workers know about your high educational achievements otherwise they may feel jealous and make your life difficult, more so considering you are a foreigner.

While being underemployed is depressing, it's much better than being jobless. Even if you are under employed for years, keep a positive attitude and never lose sight of your dreams, the dreams that made you leave your home country and move abroad.

Another issue is dealing with family in your home country. Try to explain them about your underemployed status so they don't make too many demands of you. They may be disappointed, given they invested lots of money for your college abroad and may even think you are lying to them so you don't support them financially. However, its best to be honest with your family.

Many companies pay for continuing education for their employees. Check with your employer and see if they offer this benefit and how you can work out a schedule to allow you attend school part-time. You should also continue looking for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in your desired career field.