As soon as you decide to move abroad, you’ll need to start building up your knowledge base – both about your destination country and about what to expect when immersing yourself in a new culture. This section provides tips on pre-departure preparation, culture shock and specific practical concerns.Top Tips Learn before you leave: As soon as you have decided to move abroad, you should start an intense period of reading and researching your host country. Language, food, politics, culture – all of these things should be on your list! Prepare yourself for the possibility of culture shock... Read the full article
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Yannish doubled the value of his study abroad term in the UK by adding a three-week internship in Madagascar to the end of his trip. By the time he arrived to begin his internship, he’d had already spent many months tuning up his adaptation and cross-cultural communication skills and was able to hit the ground running in his exciting new workplace.
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Making the decision to go abroad is one of the most exciting and rewarding moments in a student or young professional's life. It's easy to get carried away by your motivation to go abroad as soon as possible, but planning goes a long way. Check out our new Quick Guide about Travel Smarts.
There are important differences between an international resume and a domestic one. An international resume requires you to demonstrate on paper that you have the required overseas skills and professional experience to qualify for a position. Don't fret if you haven't had a great deal of international experience. There are ways to amp up the value of your current experience to build a cross-cultural resume focus. The main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users) outlines some of these methods, but here are a few key things to remember about international resumes:Top Tips... Read the full article
While living in Milan, Davis took every opportunity to soak up the local culture. According to Davis, the study abroad experience transformed him from a “naïve, awkward American boy into a brand new person.” This transformation took effort, study and full cultural immersion.
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If you're an engineering student or recent graduate, you need to know what your options are and how to go about achieving success in the international field. What skills do you need? What are your options? Do you need cross-cultural experience to be an international engineer? The tips below provide a few basic answers to questions we hear a lot!Top Tips Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons: Within the engineering industries, international work experience is generally only valued by firms participating in international projects. While working as an engineer abroad, you will... Read the full article
While studying in Ghana, Sylvia took every opportunity to embrace the local culture. She learned about language, food, local dance and much more. Her description of the experience demonstrates how keeping an open mind and an adventurous spirit can turn a study abroad term into a life-changing journey.
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If you have traveled or lived abroad, you have built a high-value skill set. You’ve improved your cross-cultural communication skills, become more adaptable, learned how to cope with challenges, and much more. But do you know how to translate these skills into professional potential? Being able to describe and explain your international experiences is almost as important as having the experiences themselves. Marketing Your International Experience to Employers explains how to assess the skills you have built, and how to explain them in a way that’s sure to impress every hiring manager you... Read the full article
In recent years, the communication landscape has changed drastically. Information and opportunities from around the world are now accessible from almost any household or dorm room, and this fact has completely transformed the international job search process.
Social Media for Career Success outlines the importance of developing a strong online presence before your hunt for opportunities even begins, and the section will also give you detailed advice about how and where and how to get involved in the ever-evolving world of social media.
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When Tara was approached by a South Korean recruiter, she knew the offer of a teaching position was too good to pass up. She spent a full year in Yeosu, getting to know her coworkers and students – and often being “treated like a rock star!”
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