Solving the Unemployment Struggle of International Students in USA


One of the major problems facing students in the US is the noticeably high unemployment rates.  We look into what government and employers can do, which include changes in government strategies, and new methods of recruiting, and vocational training for businesses.

One of the major problems facing students in the US is the noticeably high unemployment rates. This is more so for international students. Why is this problem so widespread? The reasons are there for all to see. If you are an international student you know the struggles of finding a job in the USA for an international student. The student visaOpens a new window given to you restricts you to working only on campus. And even for this to happen, you still need to have attained at least ten credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

As if that is not enough you need to secure a temporary SSN for you to be allowed to work at specified places. But you also know there are not many notable employers in most of the schools and campuses in this country. Do not forget that your student visa explicitly outlaws any employment that breaks these laws. Yes, dare work illegally and face the consequences; your student visa will be terminated and you’ll be deported from the US faster than you came and jeopardize any future visits you might want to make to the States.

With all these bottlenecks it’s no wonder the rate of unemployment among international students is always very high. But despite the stringent legal implications, illegal employment of international students is still rampant in this country. This is understandable since employment carries a lot of benefits to the students. Other than helping them raise extra pocket money, it gives them the all-important work experience and a head-start in life.

But all is not lost there are several things that can be done to remedy the situation. Let’s first consider what the authorities, employers, and you as an international student can do to address this issue.

What Can Government and Employers Do?

From the foregoing, it’s clear that widespread unemployment is a multi-pronged problem in and hence it requires a multi-pronged approach to address it effectively. **One of the biggest cause of runaway unemployment among international students is legislative and requires a political solution.** This puts the problem right at the government’s doorstep. The government has a role to play as do the employers as well as students both at the local and international level.

1. Change in Government Strategy for Employment

Let’s start with the government. The way the government handles unemployment by encouraging money transfers in the form of taxes and entitlements fails to address the underlying problem. The focus of the US economy shifted from manufacturing to services. This means there are many vacant jobs in industries such as healthcare and technology. The problem here is that there is a growing mismatch between the requirements of these jobs and the skills that the workforce is being equipped with right from the educational system.

One way of achieving this is through a policy shift in government strategy for employment and workforce. For instance, instead of encouraging the use of unemployment insurance as a soft landing for people who find themselves jobless the government can introduce a skills and education training subsidy. This can be used to train and equip with relevant skills anyone who enrolls for an internship after losing their job. Such skills should be geared towards bridging the skills gap evident in the job market.

2. Businesses Adapting New Methods of Recruiting

Businesses and enterprises can help reduce the problem of unemployment by adopting new methods of recruiting their employers. For instance, instead of having permanent employees they can leave a reasonable chunk of their operations to freelancersOpens a new window . This way the businesses will save on costs that come with permanent employees and at the same time allow more people including students to get opportunities to work in their enterprises.

3. Vocational Training and Certification

Most importantly vocational training and certification for different skilled trade jobs that can give you the experience you need or even reserve a profitable career for you with no degree. Unlike with the other strategies mentioned earlier which depend on forces beyond your control enrolling for vocational training and getting the relevant certification is a matter of choice. Vocational trainingOpens a new window equips you with skills you can use immediately you are through with the training. We earlier noted there is a scarcity of technicians in the job market due to the shift of the economy towards service rather than manufacturing.

The range of trades to choose from is extremely wide from carpentry, masonry, electrician, plumbing, to a locksmith and many more. Vocational courses yield immense benefits compared to the academic courses. With vocational training and certification, you are more likely to land a job faster than your colleagues in the academic programs.

Just to illustrate the superior benefits of vocational training and certification consider the locksmith profession, which is one of the most popular vocational courses and see how training as a locksmith can impact your life. For one, locksmiths are indispensable in today’s world. Unlike in days gone by when locksmiths were seen merely as fitters and repairers of locks and keys, today’s locksmith is a sophisticated breed. Locksmithing is no longer just a mechanical trade it has gone digital and expanded its range of operations to include sophisticated security systems. With such advances in technology fresh blood from with the most current locksmith, vocational training and certification are constantly on demand. It is much easier to transition from school to employment because by the time you are through with your course you already have the skills that locksmith companies and employers are looking for. So if your immediate concern is getting a job it will be much easier for you to secure one than if you had academic credentials as your launching pad. So you can secure employment in a reputable locksmith company and polish your skills as you make money.

Alternatively, you can decide to roll up your sleeves, get the necessary tools, and become your own boss…no more looking for employment. With the right tools and proper strategies, you can easily grow from a solo locksmith and build your business to a reputable and formidable locksmith company. In the process, you’ll actually reduce widespread unemployment by employing other locksmiths in your company. With this kind of promise and the strides made in locksmithing, it’s quite obvious that Locksmith is definitely a profitable job and a future career of choice to any informed student. This scenario is possible with almost every vocational career.

Considering all the above it’s an irrefutable fact that vocational training is the ultimate solution to unemployment not only among international and local students In the US but to the general populace as well. Why? Several compelling reasons support this assertion.

These include: Vocational Education students find jobs more easily than their academic counterparts. Vocational schools customize their programs to harmonize with what employers are eagerly looking for. Remember too that technical education programs tend to be more affordable than academic programs and thus they give almost everyone an opportunity to pursue a course that surely leads to the much-needed employment.