If you’re a student or young professional starting out on an international career, you’ve almost certainly heard the term “elevator pitch” before. An elevator pitch, simply put, is a short, comprehensive (and hopefully impressive) description of your skills, experience and objectives. You should always have an elevator pitch prepared – because you never know when you’ll run into a potential mentor or manager who surprises you with the phrase: “Tell me about yourself.” Do you have your answer ready, or will you struggle to present the most relevant information about your professional self?... Read the full article
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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.
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
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
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!
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.
Boosting the career potential of your time abroad is all about perspective and confidence. Being bold, curious and prepared to grab hold of any opportunity that presents itself is what will set you apart from the crows. You’re already abroad! What better time to build connections, strengthen professional networks and meet face-to-face with potential future employers? Job Hunting During Your International Internship will inspire you to get clear about your goals, maintain focus and make constant progress while abroad.
No internship – international or otherwise – is perfect. Succeeding in your first international internship is about maintaining good workplace habits and a high standard of professional output, but it’s also about keeping your sense of humor intact in order to deal with the inevitable challenges if the job. How To Survive Your First International Internship offers you advice and lessons from the field in a handy one-page tip sheet format. Check out this comprehensive Quick Guide now!
As someone who has never traveled abroad, how can you compete with hundreds (or possibly thousands) of other university students to land an international internship? The answer lies in having relevant home-country experience, a high International IQ and in being able to sell your skills in the right way. Don’t let a seeming lack of experience stop you from applying for your dream position. The How To Apply For An International Internship Quick Guide will help you build an approach and, most importantly, build confidence in your abilities. Check it out now.
Building your capacity in two or more foreign languages adds an important dimension to your international experience. Not only will the process of learning the languages likely put you in direct contact with foreign cultures, but having the language skills will prove to potential employers that you are committed to working in a cross-cultural environment. Check out the Language Learning and International Careers Quick Guide.