Globalization is changing the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have solid international skills.
Why MyWorldAbroad? "…because every go abroad experience has career potential.”
MyWorldAbroad is a trusted resource, used by many leading universities in the US and Canada to encourage students to go abroad, build international skills and prepare for work in the new global economy. The site helps students and young professionals develop global career skills and find international work, both at home and abroad. With 300+ expert articles and 4,000+ resources, this site covers all the bases: from cross-cultural skill-building and go abroad basics to the international job hunt and popular international professions. The International Quizzes help students measure and track their skills and potential. Stories from Abroad promote peer-to-peer learning with over 75 in-depth student interviews. The MyWorldBlog and a variety of social media feeds provide extra advice and even more opportunities for students to connect directly with students. Other engaging features include: Quick Access Menus, Quick Guides, "In A Rush" articles, sample application documents, self-evaluations, Top Tips & Student Quotes, FAQs, Worldly Wisdom, marketing campaigns, marketing products, staff training webinars, alumni access, and usage statistics.
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How Does It Work?
- Our business model: Universities purchase an annual site license, which allows students, staff and alumni access MyWorldAbroad’s collection of articles, resources and tools. The license is purchased by a university (often the career center and/or the international office) or an individual department (e.g. the business faculty). Pricing is based on school size and is both affordable and cost-effective. (We also welcome inquiries from NGOs, volunteer/intern placement agencies, firms and government departments.) Contact us for details.
- How do students access the site? There are three methods for students/staff to access MyWorldAbroad via links on the client school Web site. 1) The School E-mail Registration System (SRS) allows students/staff to register using their school e-mail addresses. All client schools have access to the SRS (view). 2) The Quick Access System (QAS) is an additional system that provides direct access to MyWorldAbroad without students/staff having to register. QAS is only available to schools that have private portals on their Web site (i.e. the link is placed within a private site area only accessible by students). 3) The Student Prospects System (SPS) and the Alumni Access System (AAS) are both great ways to register students or alumni without worrying if they have a school-designated email address or not. (View more details about MWA registration systems.)
MyWorldAbroad is one of the only full-service sites that helps schools integrate the career component into students’ go abroad experience. We empower students and young professionals to build global career skills. The underlying philosophy of the site revolves around encouraging students to build their international skills step-by-step, over time. By developing a broad range of international skills and experiences consistently over the course of their studies, students not only discover the personal satisfaction of cross-cultural encounters, they also build strong professional profiles and prepare themselves for successful internationally-oriented careers. MyWorldAbroad successfully helps students build global competence!
What is Global Competence? "Having an open mind while actively seeking to understand cultural norms and expectations of others, and leveraging this gained knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments." William D. Hunter, Ed.D., 2004
About Our Content
The MyWorldAbroad site is built on two main components: articles and resources.
- 300+ Expert Articles: Our 300+ articles contain expert advice focused on practical strategies for international success – from overcoming the hurdles of culture shock to maximizing the career value of a volunteer term, we have it all. Articles are constantly being reviewed, updated and added to the site. Articles are written by Jean-Marc Hachey (publisher and founder of MyWorldAbroad) or by senior editors who consult with experts in the field. View sample article.
- 4,000+ Valuable Resources: Each year, MyWorldAbroad researchers update and review all 4,000 of our profiled resources. These resources include descriptions of international employers, job boards, placement agencies, key NGOs, internship/volunteer opportunities and much more. Our focus is on helping students with varying objectives find the information they need on every conceivable aspect of going international. Resources are organized into 50 lists, offering an extensive array of filtering options. View sample resource. View sample resource list.
- How We Update Content: Read about how we organize our staff to provide you with quality information, and learn how often we update our content. View
- Our Content Update Log: Scan our monthly log about what's new and what has been recently updated on the site. View
The 4 BIG Things
The 4 BIG Things contains 100% of our content and is designed for those users seeking a comprehensive, guide-like experience. Our four-part process (outlined below) helps students succeed from the first day on campus to the first day on the job. View
- International Skills: Six sub-sections outline the unique skills that define truly “international” people, and are highly sought-after by international recruiters.
CONTENT AREAS: Skills for succeeding abroad, living overseas, culture shock, women’s experiences abroad, the North American identity and the re-entry process. View
- Getting Experience: Nine sub-sections outline the numerous potential avenues students can take to begin building cross-cultural experience.
CONTENT AREAS: Interning abroad, volunteering abroad, working vacations, teaching English abroad, studying abroad, learning a language abroad, travel smarts and how to develop international skills while on campus. View
- Finding Work: Ten sub-sections help define how an international job search differs from a domestic one. This is a universal approach to international job-hunting, applicable to all types of international jobs and with a focus on cross-cultural skills.
CONTENT AREAS: The ideal international profile, your career path, the job search, contacting employers, social media and your career success , selling your international skills, international resumes, covering letters, international interviews, jobs by region of the world, job-hunting when you return home. View
- The Professions: 11 sub-sections describe the nuances of the most popular internationally-oriented professions. Students learn about the job potential and recruitment processes of key internationally-oriented industries, and access resources listing major international players by sector.
CONTENT AREAS: NGOs and international development, teaching abroad, international law, engineering, health careers, international business, spousal employment, freelancing, the 50+ worker, US and Canadian governments, the UN and other IGOs. View
Additional Content & Features
- Stories From Abroad: This collection of stories is the key peer-to-peer learning component of the site. Students learn best from other students. 75+ in-depth interviews with students provide first-hand insight into what it is like to intern, volunteer, study, teach, travel, work and live abroad. In addition to the Q&A component, profiles also include travel photos, top quotes and next-step career-building advice from our editors. Sample application documents are also included, to highlight how real-world candidates have been successful abroad. Our Stories from Abroad feature is getting rave reviews for its accessible, valuable approach to offering advice. View
- Quick Guides: Our popular Quick Guides are packed with critical information about building international competency and succeeding abroad. Our guides cover 30 of our most popular go abroad topics and help schools promote global career skills. Students and staff at subscribing schools have FULL REPRODUCTION RIGHTS to our Quick Guides, which are one- or two-page pdf files that are easy to print and share. Use our guides for one-on-one advising, or design an entire workshop for students. Guides are available in English, French and Spanish to help students learn the terminology to sell themselves to future employers. View
- International Quizzes: Our quizzes are fun and quick. These popular quizzes can be used to measure student progress, identify knowledge gaps, and promote discussion. To measure progress, have students complete quizzes and record their scores before and after going abroad. Seven quizzes help students audit and track their international potential in three different areas: international IQ (view), international experience (view) and preparedness for the international job search (view). Individual scores are rolled-up to a master scorecard (view). Use our printable score cards (Word file, PDF file or Student Excel file) to track progress both BEFORE and AFTER students go abroad. The Excel file is particularly useful for schools tracking groups of students in a workshop, or students taking part in a group visit abroad.
- Quick Access Menus: What do you want to do? (view) and Top Resources (view) help students and advisors access the most essential advice and resources quickly. Numerous additional design elements create a hierarchy of information, making site navigation simple. See our latest navigation innovation Jump to Content (view sample).
- Right-Hand Sidebar: This feature is located on the right side of all articles and other key pages (such as this one). The right-hand sidebar is an easy way for students to access content quickly and easily. This is our internal advertising system, allowing us to feature and recommend components of MyWorldAbroad that should not be missed.
- MyWorldBlog & Social Media: We reach out to students and advisors via social media platforms, sharing quality content daily. We encourage students and staff at subscribing schools to follow our feeds and re-share our content for maximum impact on your campus internationalization efforts. View
- "In A Rush?" Article Suggestions : These carefully chosen articles lead students to our most important go abroad strategies, organized by subject area: international skills, getting experience, finding work, the professions. View
- Sample Application Documents: Your students will be inspired by actual documents that real students used to successfully apply for internships, volunteer positions, working vacations, teaching English and study abroad. Students can emulate their peers’ application documents (cover letters, resumes, application essays) or see what we have to offer (example The Go Abroad Application Process). View
- Self-Evaluations: Students are encouraged to think analytically about their experiences by tracking and thinking deeply about their international skills before, during and after going abroad. We provide insightful questions for eight popular types of go abroad experience. View
- Top Tips and Student Quotes: Scan our top tips in 40 go abroad subject areas: international skills, getting experience, finding work, and the professions. View
- FAQs : Access answers to all the major go abroad questions. This section is updated regularly with new student questions. View
- Worldly Wisdom: This collection of 120 top travel quotes is highlighted on all the major landing pages of the site and provides inspiration to students while reinforcing our site’s approach to cross-cultural interaction. For example, see the bottom of this page. View
- My Starred Items: Users can “star” any article or resource for future reference. Starred items are visible within the navigation bars for quick access. View
Our Writing Style and Target Audience
MyWorldAbroad’s content is equally relevant to undergrads, graduates and young professionals. Our writing style is designed to empower users with crucial information, while remaining accessible and motivational. The advice offered in the guide has an innovative and entrepreneurial angle, while being easy to implement. In every section and sub-section, we incorporate a career-building angle, ensuring that readers know how to maximize the professional potential of every international experience at home and abroad, and we focus on encouraging readers to step outside their comfort zones in order to build valuable skills.
After reading the inspiring abroad experience stories of other students on MyWorldAbroad.com, I was filled with conviction to pursue an experience of my own. This resource was useful in that it motivated me to develop a concrete plan of where I was going to go, what I was going to do and set my plans into motion.
Bushra, Commuinications student, University of Ottawa
I have made use of the website, and there are some great tips. It's the best place to go for every kind of international opportunity, whereas other sites are tailored to one type (ie just working abroad, just studying abroad).
Meryn, Education student, Dalhousie University
Benefits for Advisors and Faculty
- MyWorldAbroad supports schools’ internationalization efforts with practical advice, tools and resources. Subscribing to the guide also encourages communication and cooperation between college/university departments such as Career Services, Study Abroad and International Student Services.
- The site is a valuable resource for Career Services offices and student advisors. Many Career Services offices have dedicated staff, but some may not have extensive international experience to draw upon when advising. MyWorldAbroad is a perfect tool for strengthening and broadening your advising capabilities.
- The site empowers Study Abroad and International Student offices to forge links between their programs and the career aspirations of their students. The guide highlights the “career value” of going abroad in a way that school administrators, student advisors, students and even their parents can connect to.
Features for Advisors and Faculty
- Marketing Campaigns : MyWorldAbroad has over 50 marketing projects (with accompanying tools and documents) to help you spread the word about the availability of MyWorldAbroad and to promote global career skills to your students. View
- Marketing Products : MyWorldAbroad offers marketing products (view) that are specifically customized for each school: School posters (view sample print-poster or view sample electronic-posters) and promotional cards (view sample).
- Staff Training Webinars: We regularly hold training webinars for staff, faculty and office interns. Schools can also request a group training session for three or more staff. View
- STUDENT NEWSLETTER: The Global Nudge Newsletter (GNN) keeps students focused on their international goals. With 12 monthly issues, aligned to the school year cycle, the Global Nudge helps schools reach students directly about the value of going abroad. Each newsletter contains a short intro article on the monthly topic, followed by direct calls to action, an area for school-specific events and deadlines, an inspiring quote, and links to key articles and quizzes. Schools can pre-load student email addresses and customize elements of the newsletter. Alternatively, schools can choose elements of The Global Nudge to include in their existing newsletter or email campaigns. (View sample.)
- SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS: The Global Nudge Social Media Campaign (GNSMC) boosts student engagement and encourages success. We offer several fully-developed, year-long social media campaigns for your office to share. Based on the statistically-proven concept of nudging, we’ve designed a collection of share schedules populated with high-quality content, including encouraging messages, inspiring quotes, links to MyWorldAbroad quizzes and Quick Guides, and much more. Share schedules are totally customizable and easy to implement. In just a few hours, a staff member can easily load half a year of content into Facebook. With social media management tools, preloading can take as little as 30 minutes. Versions of the GNSMC are available for study abroad offices, career services offices, French-language institutions, and mini campaigns are available for offices wishing to share only the key messages. (View campaigns.)
- TRAINING: Student Workshops and Individual Student Advising: MyWorldAbroad can be used for creating student workshops and for individual student advising. MyWorldAbroad training products: Quick Guides (view), International Quizzes (view), Self-Evaluation Questions (view) and "In A Rush?" Article Suggestions (view), Stories From Abroad (view), Sample Application Documents (view), Sample Resumes (view). WORKSHOPS: Your International Resume & LinkedIn Profile (view); International Skills? Be More Than Just A Tourist! (view); 100+ Ways To Maximize The Career Value Of Your Time Abroad (view). Applicable training areas: pre-departure and re-entry orientation, international job-hunting, and each of our eight go abroad experiences (view). A few schools have designed credit-based courses entirely around our Web site.
- Alumni Access : Alumni have full access to MyWorldAbroad. View
- Usage Statistics : Schools have full access to live usage stats. View
- Jean-Marc Hachey's Seminars: Client schools benefit from substantial discounts for campus lectures by Jean-Marc Hachey. View
Our Client Base
- MyWorldAbroad is trusted resource supported by a wide cross section of schools in US and Canada. Some of our longstanding client schools such as the University of Michigan and McGill University have been encouraging their students to go international for decades while others are just starting to encourage students to think international. We are there to help you in any circumstance. See our client list.
Why Join Us?
Students are graduating into a working world where cross-cultural skills are essential and a global mindset is priceless. MyWorldAbroad helps you give your graduates a strong start in the new global economy. We promote international skill-building, cross-cultural travel, global awareness and an entrepreneurial approach to building careers. We look forward to partnering with you! We welcome your inquiries and/or consider attending one of our free demonstration webinars.
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COUNTRY-SPECIFIC JOB SEARCHING? Our competitors’ approach is based on a country-specific job search for finding international jobs. These services can be helpful to foreign students at your school who are looking for jobs in their home country, but the value to US/Canadian students is less clear; the main issue being the difficulty of securing a visa for professional work abroad with a foreign company.
At MyWorldAbroad, our international job search approach is based on over 20 years of experience working with thousands of students to help them follow the most effective international job search strategies. What our experience has taught us is this:
- A country-specific job search only works for low-skilled work (volunteer, intern or working vacation placements), since it is much easier for US/Can. students to secure a working-vacation level visa for such temporary positions.
- A country-specific job search does not work for professional international work since students generally cannot secure the necessary working visa (for professional work) with local employers abroad.
WHO HIRES US/Canadian GRADUATES FOR INTERNATIONAL WORK? The facts are clear: approximately 85% of young professionals working in international jobs are hired by US/Can. firms, US/Can. NGOs or the US/Can. Government. It is these employers who send recent graduates to work abroad, or to be based in the US/Can. while working on international files and projects. There is an especially huge demand and solid growth prospects for international jobs that are based in the US/Can. With the power of the Internet, the ability to put together international work teams and the ease and low cost of international travel, US/Can. firms (small, mid-sized and large firms) are entering the global economy faster than ever, and they need a pool of qualified student-graduates to compete globally. To effectively search for this type of US/Can-international job, students need to undertake an industry-based job search with US/Can. employers (rather than a country-specific job search with local employers abroad). By doing this they are increasing their chances of success, and building towards a truly sustainable international career.
SUPPORTING THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS OF THE US/Canadian ECONOMY: At MyWorldAbroad, we help US/Can. schools graduate a pool of globally-experienced graduates to help build the global competiveness of US/Can. firms, NGOs and the US/Can. Government.
STUDENT FOCUSED QUICK GUIDE (related to the above info): Here is a link to one of our most popular Quick Guides: Debunking the Myths: The Real Deal on International Work. This guide is written for a student audience and addresses the futility of undertaking a “country specific” job search when looking for “professional jobs” after graduation. Our clients use the above Quick Guide when doing one on one advising, i.e. when a student walks into the office and says “I’m about to graduate, how do I find a job in Italy?”