So, you've returned from your semester or year abroad and now you're ready to start hunting for work. You've created a killer resume and you've landed yourself an interview. But how should you go about discussing your time abroad with your potential employer?
Preparation and forethought are crucial to conducting a successful interview, particularly after being abroad. You'll be full of energy and stories about the many experiences you had while you were away, but remember that your employer will likely only be interested in your experiences as they relate to your professional skill set and capabilities! Framing your experiences in terms of lessons learned and skills developed is your best bet for a successful interview. How can the experiences you had in your school, extracurricular and social environments abroad be translated into professionally-relevant skills. Did you build language skills? Did you navigate challenging situations confidently? Did you solve problems by communicating across cultures? Consider every element of your experience as you prepare for your interview.
Recently, Martin Tillman from Global Career Compass created a few brief videos for StudyAbroad.com related to the topic of presenting study abroad skills to potential employers. The video dealing with post-study abroad interviews reflects a few of the key ideas discussed on the main MyWorld site, and is worth watching for students heading home from their first adventures abroad. Check out the video here.
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