clinical background and fresh master's may be perceived as more of an
employment liability than they are seen as assets. Sponsorship imposes
tremendous administrative burdens against contributions by a resident or fellow
that often provide less benefit to the organization than to the individual and,
indirectly, to the profession. The challenge for you is to be a missionary salesman
marketing yourself and the less burdensome bureaucracy associated with OPT
status. As your school admitted you under your F-! status it seems virtually obligatory
on their part to be of assistance in helping you fulfill your career plan, so
press your case with them. Also, you may need to learn of organizations that
have worked with grads of your program who preceded you into such situations.
Some, in fact, may have been retained and now might be in a position to serve
as your preceptor/sponsor. In selling yourself, try to develop a particular focus whether in general management, quality and process improvement or in a functional role such as marketing and business development.