Paméla's experience in the hospitality industry (combined with her love of travel and her willingness to be flexible) landed her a long-term work placement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, she built her cross-cultural skills and boosted her employer's business. Check out her story here.
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Do you recognize Lindsey's face from the MyWorldBlog? If you do, it's because she's done some serious traveling -- and continues to plan international adventures. This time, she reported to us about her time as an English teacher in Georgia.
Read more in the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
Bushra's story offers a great example of a student who makes the most of her trips abroad, viewing the excursions as learning experiences, but also as tools for self-reflection and self-assessment. Her story of a short-term volunteer trip to Guatemala highlights the important realizations that become possible when a student rises to the challenge of going abroad. Check out Bushra's story here.
Are you returning from a study abroad program? If so, you've probably just had one of the most important experiences of your life. Now is the time to reflect on the challenges you faced, think about what you learned, and consider the strengths of the program in which you participated. Writing about your time abroad, whether in the form of a study abroad review or a Story From Abroad (or preferably both!) is an excellent way to take stock of the important experience you've just been through. Plus, writing a review of your program has the added bonus of helping other students who are... Read the full article
Work is changing at a rapid pace. More and more people are freelancing and working through online platforms, and the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. Terms like "the sharing economy" and "automation" are increasingly entering the everyday lexicon. So, what will work look like in five, 10 or 15 years? In the video below, TVO's "The Agenda" interviews Douglas Rushkoff, the author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity." Check out 10 questions about the future of work HERE.
On May 18, 2016, OpenCanada.org published an excellent article about young professionals under the age of 30 who are working for Global Affairs Canada. The article features 18 young people, outlining what they do, how they got where they are today, and their advice for others seeking a similar career path. We highly recommend this resource to any student who wants to gear their program of study and job experiences towards a future career in international affairs for the Canadian government. Check out the article here, and read the accompanying write-up here.
As you work towards developing your international career, you'll begin undertaking some self-analysis in order to develop your professional personality, write targeted resumes, and build your unique elevator pitch.
During this process, it's important to take into account the skills sought after by global employers and recruiters. The list of in-demand skills is always changing, and we recommend taking a look at this fascinating and useful article from the World Economic Forum, which highlights today's top skills in comparison with the projected top 10 skills for the year 2020. Check... Read the full article
When it comes to negotiating across cultures, there are many challenges to ensuring clear lines of communication. The meanings of simple phrases, greetings or professional communications can vary greatly, and when working or doing business internationally or in heavily cross-cultural environments, awareness of subtle cultural differences can be hugely useful.
The Harvard Business Review revently released an excellent video short detailing some of the challenges involved in negotiating across cultures, and some ways of approaching international business environments. Check it out now... Read the full article
Some of the biggest barriers to study abroad are cost, curriculum, and culture. But from today until March 31, IIE, Go Overseas and campaign partners AIFS Study Abroad, CET Academic Programs, IFSA-Butler, and STA Travel are inviting you to take part in the #GoStudyAbroad campaign!
The #GoStudyAbroad contest calls on STUDENTS, STUDY ABROAD ALUMNI, FACULTY, ADVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS to pay it forward by nominating U.S. college students to #GoStudyAbroad by the time they graduate. Or, if you've never been abroad, you can enter to win a scholarship for your own program overseas.... Read the full article
I write to you from Washington, DC, where I'm excited to be participating in the first ever IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad (GSA)! We got a chance to do some sightseeing around town (see photo) before getting up early and heading to the conference, where our MyWorldAbroad exhibitor booth has been busy all day.
We'll be back again tomorrow, and I'll also be participating in a panel discussion on Articulating the Career Relevance of Study Abroad at 1:45pm along with Stacie Berdan (chair), Inge Steglitz, Linda Gross and Jeff Le.
Stop by if you're participating in the... Read the full article