International Student Professional Development
Janell Mora, M.Ed., MBA
Associate Director for International Student Professional Development
Career & Professional Development Services
Over the last 18 months, Janell Mora, has served as Arizona State University's (ASU) Associate Director for International Student Professional Development. This role is newly created at ASU, which has the fifth largest international student population in the United States (first largest amongst public universities). In her role, Janell manages the International Student Professional Development (ISPD) unit of Career and Professional Development Services as a team of one with the support of two International Student Career Peers. Janell works with international students, global employers, and the enterprise at-large to address the career and professional development needs of international students and alumni as well as globally-mobile domestic students and alumni.
Workshops, webinars, podcasts, and videos providing career content specific to international students and globally mobile domestic students is offered on a semester-basis (spring, summer, fall). Examples include, "How To Discuss Work Authorization with Employers" and "A World of Opportunity: China." Other student programming includes the OPT Academy which is an optional Blackboard course for international students to learn about the job search in the United States and how to be successful in an American business environment. ISPD also offers virtual networking opportunities to connect students and alumni based on geographical themes including China, India, and the Middle East. In December 2017, Canada's First Secretary of Migration spoke to ASU students regarding migrating to Canada for employment opportunities.
Regarding employers, Janell delivers educational content to internal and external employers on, "Best Practices for Hiring Student Employees" and “How To Hire International Students." The latter sessions are offered in conjunction with ASU's Sr. International Educator and a representative from the International Student and Scholars Center. Partnerships have been forged to bring global internship and career opportunities to ASU students and alumni. Examples include partnerships with the American Universities in China Association, Africa Business Portal, Thunderbird Executive Education’s Global Sales Team, and Tempe and Phoenix Sister Cities. In October 2017, ASU’sCareer and Professional Development Services hosted our first information session and on-campus interviews led by a Chinese company, PKU IT Founder Group. In November 2017, our first Global Virtual Career Fair connected both international and domestic students to global internship and career opportunities. The Global Virtual Career Fair is scheduled again for March 29, 2018. Janell's global corporate engagement activities have taken her to India (April 2017 and 2018) and China (March 2018) to cultivate business relationships that will meet the employment needs of students and alumni.
At an enterprise-level, the ISPD unit brings together career services staff across ASU in quarterly workgroup meetings to share information, create best practices, and provide a support system for these professionals in order to better serve international students. Further, internship as an elective was added into over 170 ASU undergraduate major maps; positively impacting undergraduate international student access to Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Janell also assessed the career aspirations of ASU’s Chinese students by conducting ten Chinese student focus groups as a sub-component of ASU professor Dr. Wei Li’s National Science Foundation funded project on “Intellectual Migration: The Changing US-China Dynamics.” Research findings will be shared at the Arizona International Educators conference (March 2018) and NAFSA annual conference (May 2018). Janell will also contribute as a panelist to NAFSA's March e-learning seminar on, "Advising Globally Mobile Students for Career Success."