If law is your field, but you're committed to having an international career, Public International Law could be a good focus area for you.Top Tips So, what is PIL? Broadly, it is a distinct legal regime, the rules of which are derived from international treaties, customary law and general principles of international law. Understanding PIL can open many doors: Governments, NGOs, IGOs, multinational corporations, international criminal courts and multinational law firms all have a need for international lawyers. The right school can make all the difference: If possible, you will want to... Read the full article
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After completing tours of duty as a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces, Scott knew he wanted to become involved in community development work on the ground in Africa. Spending several months working with a grassroots NGO in Uganda, Scott was able to gain a valuable, eye-opening perspective on the challenges facing the populations he was working to assist.
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Teaching English Abroad gives you all the basics about one of the most popular short-term professions abroad. You’ll learn who can teach, how to get hired and why it’s a great career move if you are just starting out. When you’ve read the articles in this section and explored its associated resource lists, you’ll have all the information and tools you need to head overseas and start working internationally as an English teacher. You’ll know what the benefits and detriments are and you’ll have a sense of whether it’s right for you.Top Tips Teaching English can take you anywhere in the... Read the full article
Rebecca combined valuable work experience with the excitement of travel by participating in a co-op program abroad. During her time in Switzerland, she worked as a mentor for 30 high school students, and assisted in planning and management of various recreational programs at a local school. She made the most of her time in the heart of Europe by traveling to a number of major metropolitan centers in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
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No internship – international or otherwise – is perfect. Succeeding in your first international internship is about maintaining good workplace habits and a high standard of professional output, but it’s also about keeping your sense of humor intact in order to deal with the inevitable challenges if the job. How To Survive Your First International Internship offers you advice and lessons from the field in a handy one-page tip sheet format. Check out this comprehensive Quick Guide now!
Job Hunting When You Return is a short section describing how to sell yourself to employers after you return from time abroad. If you have spent time working abroad, you may not know how to describe the skills you have developed, or you may be unaware of concerns a potential employer might have about you. This short section offers some advice on the subject.Top Tips Reflect on your time abroad: Just because your domestic employers have not worked internationally, does not mean the skills you developed abroad are not valuable. Think of the ways you have changed and improved since... Read the full article
Janna’s story showcases the value of being proactive when planning a trip abroad. It wasn’t until she tapped into her personal network of contacts that her working vacation in England began to take shape. Once she landed a position, she made the most of her time in the UK by living with a host family and traveling often.
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Landing an international internship can be a daunting prospect, but it will give your international career a major boost. In order to land the right internship and get the most out of it, you need to plunge head-first into your preliminary search – and this section will help you do just that. Here are a few key points to get you started:Top Tips Internships aren’t just low-salary positions: They are an exchange of work for knowledge, and they set you up to apply for your first international entry-level position. Do it yourself: If there’s an employer you want to work for, but no... Read the full article
Building real-world international experience is just plain life-changing: not only will you enrich your life and gain new perspective on yourself and the world, you’ll also open the door to countless new professional opportunities. So, how can you start building your International IQ now, while you’re still in school? The 24 Ways to Go International Quick Guide is a great place to get ideas and inspiration for your cross-cultural future. Check it out now!
By volunteering in a physical therapy clinic in Yucatan, Mexico, Mariah was able to build her professional resume while improving her Spanish language skills and experiencing the color and warmth of the Mexican people. In a children’s health clinic, Mariah shadowed a professional physical therapist and provided a crucial service for members of the local community.
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