It’s easy to assume that your own culture is “right” or “better” than others. But when you're traveling abroad or trying to develop your International IQ, it's important to see your North American traits objectively. The North American Identity section in the main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users) describes some of the most common North American traits, both inside and outside the workplace. Here are a few of the top tips from the section:Top Tips You have cultural baggage! You may not even be aware of it, but when you travel abroad, you take with you your standards, customs... Read the full article
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Elisabeth knew that she wanted to use her undergraduate co-op placement to learn about international workplace culture in a developing nation. While working as a project officer in the nursing services department of a Nairobi university, she built career-boosting cross-cultural communication skills, and used her free time to fully immerse herself in the colorful, flavorful local culture.
Read more in Stories from Abroad on the main MyWorld site. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
What does it take to stand out from the crowd? What are the skills that international employers look for in their applicants? And what can you do at home and abroad to create the ideal international profile? Read this week's featured Quick Guide, The Ideal International Profile, to find out!
Teaching abroad is one of the most popular ways to start or build an international career. This section provides advice for every step of the way, including words directly from expats who have spent time teaching abroad. For a broad, yet detailed overview of how to find a teaching position abroad – and how to make the most of it – consider visiting the Teaching Abroad section on the main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users).
Teaching abroad is one of the most popular ways to start or build an international career. This section provides advice for every step of the way,... Read the full article
As an environment and resource management major, Suzanne wanted to enrich her undergraduate experience by studying some of the issues covered in her course work first-hand. So she applied to participate in a study abroad term in Alaska, where she lived with practically off the grid with her fellow researchers.
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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
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.
Read more about Yannish's experience in Stories from Abroad! Have you been abroad? Tell us about it!