Let Timelines Work In Your Favor

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In my recent podcast episode, I offer valuable insights into timelines and their importance for success, especially for international students. In this post, we will summarize some of the key points shared and provide you with a condensed guide to utilizing timelines effectively.


Timelines: The Backbone of Success for International Students

Understanding Timelines

I open the podcast by addressing the vital role of timelines in achieving success. "Timelines really matter." I encourage listeners to think of them as working for us instead of something we have to chase. In particular, I focus on the importance of visa sponsorship and the H-1B sponsorship deadline as an anchor for planning your journey.


Letting Timelines Work for You

A powerful example from my own experience shows how being aware of deadlines and acting strategically can change lives. I narrate the story of an international student who secured H-1B sponsorship just by asking, a week before the deadline. This showcases how timelines can work in one's favor, "letting the timelines specifically work in your favor."


Key Timeline Events for International Students

I outline several essential timeline events that students must consider, including:

  • Sponsorship: A crucial consideration for international students. 
  • Internship Discussions: Having exit conversations about performance and opportunities for full-time roles.
  • Application Deadlines: Knowing when applications for internships or jobs are due.
  • Networking Opportunities: Recognizing the value of initiating conversations with potential colleagues and bosses, and weaving it into your timeline.

"So the thread of networking should be woven in here where you, and this is kind of more subjective up to you in terms of how much networking do you want to do and when are you gonna do it."


Networking as a Bridge

I place significant importance on networking, calling it a thread that should be woven into one's timelines. Networking is a bridge between where you are and where you want to be. My recommendation is beginning as soon as possible, regardless of the general recruitment timeline. Networking is a proactive step that the individual must take.


Control Your Timelines

Timelines should be a tool working for the individual rather than an obstacle to overcome. Create a calendar that maps out key events and allows them to stay ahead of the curve.



Let timelines work for you rather than chasing them, providing a fresh perspective on this critical aspect of professional development. Timelines can work for you. You don't have to be constantly chasing them.

If you would like to dive deeper into these topics and more, be sure to listen to my full podcast episode.


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