ECPI University Webinar Series

In partnership with interEDGE, ECPI University provides a series of webinars to support its international students with their OPT search and success. This is the recording of the first webinar in the series, "Building OPT Success with Intercultural Understanding."

Feel free to send your comments or questions to SharpTalent@interEDGE.org

Workshop One: Building OPT Success with Intercultural Understanding

This workshop discusses the importance of intercultural understanding and develops international students' intention to sharpen relevant soft skills. It introduces three fundamental cultural differences between the U.S. and other countries, shares real life scenarios, and provides tangible actions for OPT success. 

Once you complete, email SharpTalent@interEDGE.org to request the interEDGE-International Students Career Edge Action Guide 1.0

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Workshop Two: Building and Presenting Confidence Across Cultures

This workshop helps you learn how to present yourself to your potential OPT employer with confidence and credibility in the American professional context. It covers the dos and don’ts of body language (posture, eye contact, and gestures) with hands-on exercises, and explains how to master the first impression, how to make small talk, and how to initiate and end a conversation effectively.

Before you start, click here to download the worksheet.

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Workshop Three: Communicating Up and Across

This workshop teaches results-oriented communication in the context of international student OPT success. Building on the previous workshops on cross-cultural differences and confidence, it discusses both in-person and virtual communication etiquette and techniques to help you to become a more effective communicator and strengthen your professional relationships.

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Workshop Four: Improving Your Networking Effectiveness

The final workshop wraps up the series with powerful networking strategies for obtaining OPT employment. Starting with an introduction to key steps for harnessing the power of networking in the American culture, it defines tangible actions that improve the effectiveness of your interaction with other professionals through networking events, social media, and informational interviews.

Before you start, click here to download the worksheet.

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