Having an international studies focus in your degree is a great way of building cross-cultural understanding and a strong global perspective. If you are considering undertaking an international studies program, whether at the undergraduate or the graduate level, you’ll want to do some intensive research online to find the perfect program. The Researching Internationally-Focused Degrees Quick Guide will give you some fast links to online databases, where you’ll be able to hunt through a variety of programs in the US and Canada.
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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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In this age of email and texting, getting on the phone or making personal contact with a potential employer can make a big impact. When making contact, though, how you conduct yourself over the phone is important. Learn how your phone manner has a direct effect on your potential employer’s perception of you as a person and a professional. Knowing when and why to make phone contact in crucial, as is knowing the right questions to ask and things to say. Many of these tips can also be applied to online correspondence as well. The tips below are drawn from the Contacting Employers Directly... 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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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
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
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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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