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dc.contributor.authorWatson, MariEtta Joleen
dc.date.accessioned2023-04-20T20:11:52Z
dc.date.available2023-04-20T20:11:52Z
dc.date.issued2022-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10484/13962
dc.description.abstractOptional Practical Training (OPT) is a highly valued and highly underutilized program designed to offer international students an opportunity to work in the U.S. and train in their field of study. This qualitative study collected and analyzed the narratives of three alumni of a Midwest university who completed OPT in the manufacturing engineering field. Four themes were identified in the narratives. These themes were inextricable to the premise that OPT is a deeply appreciated opportunity for F-1 students. The first theme is viewing the OPT experience as a system which includes the university, USCIS, and the employer and moreover a need to improve this system. Secondly, subjects demonstrated an acute reluctance to disclose information, an important point to keep in mind when conducting future research. The third theme is the desirability of sustained professional development. This theme was expressed through descriptions of actions and as advice for future OPT workers. Finally, subjects identified the uncertainty of new experiences as a bigger challenge than the reality of the experience. Efforts to remove barriers for these workers should include the time leading up to the action and address uncertainty.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherIndiana State Universityen_US
dc.subjectHRDen_US
dc.subjectOPTen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.subjectSTEMen_US
dc.subjecttechnology managementen_US
dc.titleNARRATIVE INQUIRY OF OPT WORKERS IN MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING FIELDSen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
refterms.dateFOA2023-04-20T20:11:53Z


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