Working with Third Party Providers to Support International Students’ Career Development

Presented by: Kendra Northington, Kwan Segal, Elif Balin, Nicole Anderson, and Sonia Liang

The NCDA 2019 Webinar series presents:


Working with Third Party Providers to Support International Students’ Career Development


Presented by:

Kendra Northington, Kwan Segal, Elif Balin,
Nicole Anderson, and Sonia Liang


According to the survey research results of the NCDA International Student Services Committee (ISSC), there are consistent challenges in higher education to provide effective career services to international students. Some common struggles are the complexity of job and internship search processes, employer perceptions about international student work permit and visa procedures, and limited network and resources for international students in the U.S. The NCDA-ISSC recognizes the importance of addressing third-party service providers and resources outside of higher education settings that often emerge as a response to the unmet career development needs of international students. Third-party providers can be non-profit or for-profit organizations that offer career resources and job search platforms to international students. They also include technological platforms that disseminate or facilitate job opportunities in the U.S. and other countries.

Career development professionals need to become more familiar and competent with these services to assess their credibility and potential usefulness to meet international students’ career needs. This webinar aims to help career development professionals increase their awareness and gain more knowledge regarding the ethical and effective use of third party providers and resources as additional resources. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:


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The Presenters: 

Kendra Northington is the Senior Career Counselor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at the George Washington University. Kendra has worked in career services for the past five years, with a focus on traditionally underserved communities including international students, undocumented students, and students of color. As a Licensed Professional Counselor she likes to bridge the gap between mental health and career support for college students.

Kwan Segal is the Founder and CEO of International Career Advisory, Inc. (ICAway), a Career Advisory firm that provides a complete career coaching solution for international students in the US. Kwan is an experienced human-capital consultant. Her past corporate experience includes global organizations like Deloitte, Accenture, and BMW. Kwan has designed a Career Success Roadmap that equips international students with the skills for their career search, encourages them to break through cultural barriers, and prepares them to enter the U.S. professional world. Kwan holds an Executive MBA through a Kellogg School of Management - Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration international education partnership program and a certification of Senior Professional in Human Resources by HRCI.

Elif Balin is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and the coordinator of the Career Counseling specialization at San Francisco State University. Besides teaching career counseling and counseling skills courses, Elif has published several articles and book chapters on career counseling and international student career development. Also, she chaired the NCDA International Student Services Committee between 2013 and 2015 and continues to co-lead research projects under this committee. During her professional school counseling and career counseling experiences in Turkey and the U.S., she worked with a diverse population of students and developed specialized programs to support their career development, mental health, and cultural transition needs.  

Nicole M. Anderson is Associate Director of Alumni Career Services at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.  Nicole has worked with undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni in career development for more than 25 years at Tufts University and Boston College. For a decade, she worked as career services liaison to international students at Tufts University, and in 2017-2019, she co-chaired the International Student Services Committee with the National Career Development Association.  Nicole currently serves as the Vice President of Research for the Alumni Career Services Network. She earned her BA in Psychology and MA in Higher Education from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Sonia Liang is the Associate Director at the Career Strategies Center of the International Business School, Brandeis University. Recently transitioned from the undergraduate office, she shifted her focus from general career counseling to providing career education to the Business Analytics graduate student cohort through teaching, career coaching and programming. As an active international student advocate, Sonia created strategic partnerships for students through specific programming, campus outreach, and employer relations efforts. She spearheaded a series of initiatives which led to the undergraduate office receiving the National Career Development Association (NCDA) 2019 “Service to International Students” award. 



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