When you're young, studying abroad is the quickest, easiest route to building a strong International IQ. A year or semester abroad can be absolutely life-changing. Need we say more? Here are a few tips for those thinking of heading abroad to study in the near future:Top Tips Select the program that you think would suit you best: Are you an adventurer? A bookworm? A homebody? There are programs for every personality: You could find yourself studying for a summer in Paris, France, or a full year in Harare, Zimbabwe. It’s up to you! Self-analysis is a key component to choosing the right... Read the full article
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Now you’ve been abroad, collected incredible experiences and built an array of invaluable international skills. You’ve learned about one or more different cultures, but you’ve also learned a lot about yourself. Now it’s time to head home and begin applying for jobs. Check out the Quick Guide here.
It takes determination and dedication to complete two international internships in a single summer – but JJ did just that by being well-researched, proactive and confident. Find out how this library science student landed career-building internships in Uganda and Singapore.
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The process of landing an international position is different from the domestic hiring process. Interviewing For An International Job is a section on the main MyWorldAbroad site that explains what to expect and how to succeed when you land an interview for international position. In short: preparation is your best friend!Top Tips Your interview starts before you walk through the door: Don’t be deceived – every moment of contact between you and your potential employer is part of the interview process. Be polite and professional at all times. Take a minute to consider yourself in terms... Read the full article
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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There are so many benefits to expanding your cultural horizons later in life, and there are many more opportunities than you might think. If you haven't considered heading abroad in your pre-retirement or retirement years, hopefully the quick tips below will inspire you to do so!Top Tips Healthier and happier than ever! Most modern seniors have many years of health and vitality to look forward to. More than ever, baby boomers are looking for ways to build perspective and enrich their lives after retirement. Going abroad is, arguably, the best way of doing that. There are many reasons... Read the full article
Building your capacity in two or more foreign languages adds an important dimension to your international experience. Not only will the process of learning the languages likely put you in direct contact with foreign cultures, but having the language skills will prove to potential employers that you are committed to working in a cross-cultural environment. Check out the Language Learning and International Careers Quick Guide.
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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Although the Western world is hinged on a culture of equality between the sexes, some other regions approach the issue from a different angle. It's still important to consider gender issues when preparing to travel or work abroad. This section will assist women in understanding what to expect, what to demand, and how to protect themselves abroad.Top Tips Learn about gender roles in your destination country: Are women considered equals? Are professional men likely to be put off by a female manager? Don’t assume you can change a cultural approach overnight. Be sensitive to the culture... 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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