So you’ve been abroad and now it’s time to head home to your normal life. You’ve had a life-altering experience, made new friends and learned so much about yourself and the world. Though you may be eager to get back to your familiar stomping ground, it can be difficult to re-adjust to your old surroundings and friendships. Much like culture shock, re-entry shock can strike when you least expect it, and can leave you feeling disoriented or down. Check out the Quick Guide here.
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People who have traveled and lived abroad are different from those who have not. By engaging with foreign cultures, you’ll gain a unique perspective on culture and communication – and you’ll build sought-after professional skills that will give your future career a major boost. So, what is an International IQ and how can you build yours? This Quick Guide will tell you everything you need to know. Check out Your International IQ now!
So you want to build an international career? The global workforce is competitive, no matter your field of expertise, but there are four key phases that will allow you to build the global career skills you need to succeed. By following MyWorldAbroad’s four-part approach to international career-building, you’ll place yourself ahead of the crowd by developing a high International IQ and having enriching, professionally-focused international experiences. Check out The Four Parts to Acquiring Global Career Skills now!
There may come a time when you decide to go abroad with a romantic partner or spouse, or when you decide to go and freelance abroad, without a fixed plan or contract. Perhaps your partner has received an overseas contract, and you are going to accompany him or her. Or perhaps you have saved a small amount of money and want to try living and working abroad as a freelancer. Being in this position has its advantages and disadvantages. You have more freedom, but less structure. This Quick Guide will help you get oriented and make a plan for yourself, regardless of why you find yourself abroad... Read the full article
Being able to describe other cultures is a key component of an International IQ. What you might not realize is that it’s equally important to be able to describe and analyze your own culture objectively. Check out our Quick Guide on this topic 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