Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, June 12, 2014
I understand that it can be a frustrating place to be when you have your degree but are unable to find a job to start your career. From an employer perspective it is very challenging and expensive to sponsor someone in a role and does make us hesitant to have too many roles available, outside of some very specialized areas, for those requiring sponsorship. If you are interested in furthering your education is a graduate program which is one way to continue to extend your STEM visa and gain additional education and give yourself more time to gain more experience through internships. You may also find that it is easier to find employers willing to sponsor you because you have an advanced degree.
If you are very focused on finding an industry role there are a couple of options that may help you. First, I would recommend that you work with your college’s international student services and your engineering career services office for opportunities that may be a good fit for you. Secondly, if you are not actively marketing yourself on LinkedIn start doing so and join some of the groups that are in your field and build your network. Lastly, due to the time frame that you are looking at regarding your visa status virtual career fairs are another good option. The recruiting season really will not start until later this year in the fall, however, there are virtual career fairs going on and one resource you can use to find them is via Career Eco. When you are looking at positions to apply for you should be really concentrating on roles that offer sponsorship.