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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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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Heading abroad to study will be one of the most exciting times in your life. You’ll be learning more than you ever thought possible, meeting people you never expected to meet and building skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life. Although your mind will be occupied with plans and ideas about the study experience, consider supercharging your time abroad by incorporating a professional component. Being abroad, you have an incredible opportunity to build professional networks and career-boosting connections in your host country – connections that could lead to a future internship, job... Read the full article
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
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
Omar opted to spend his study abroad semester in Valencia, Spain – a mid-sized city in which he could learn Spanish, soak up the culture and plan side trips to North Africa and other areas of Europe. Omar gives an evocative account of cross-cultural euphoria, the pleasures of language learning abroad, the joys of Spanish cuisine and the first steps towards building an international career.
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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
What can you do to land your international dream job? Well, giving the perfect interview will certainly help! Standing out from the crowd in the interview process is easy once you know what your international employers are looking for, and how to conduct yourself in every stage of the interview game. Don’t be fooled – an interview isn’t only about what happens when you are sitting across from the hiring manager. It starts with your very first contact – and ends when you land the position! Read the Interviewing for an International Job Quick Guide to get tips on how to win over a potential... Read the full article
As an undergrad, Mara passed up a chance to study abroad, feeling she wasn’t ready to travel. But when she was offered an opportunity to intern in Panama City as part of a post-graduate certificate in project management, she knew she couldn’t turn it down! Read Mara’s reflections on cross-cultural professionalism, Panamanian culture and the importance of perseverance when pursuing a placement abroad.
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A few years ago, Cindy left a job in Canada to travel to Shanghai for an internship with CRCC Asia. As an avid blogger and aspiring businesswoman, she threw herself into the internship experience, and into the culture of her host country. Read her story to find out how the experience changed her life, and helped her to build crucial cross-cultural and career skills.