Making the decision to go abroad is one of the most exciting and rewarding moments in a student or young professional's life. It's easy to get carried away by your motivation to go abroad as soon as possible, but planning goes a long way. Check out our new Quick Guide about Travel Smarts.
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If you have traveled or lived abroad, you have built a high-value skill set. You’ve improved your cross-cultural communication skills, become more adaptable, learned how to cope with challenges, and much more. But do you know how to translate these skills into professional potential? Being able to describe and explain your international experiences is almost as important as having the experiences themselves. Marketing Your International Experience to Employers explains how to assess the skills you have built, and how to explain them in a way that’s sure to impress every hiring manager you... Read the full article
International resumes are different from domestic resumes. From your stated objective to your highlighted skills, when applying for an internationally oriented position, you should be sure to follow the guidelines for specifically international resumes. So, you want to know what they are? You can find out right here.
There are multiple prevailing myths about how students and young professionals find international jobs and start building global careers. Could you be planning your international future based on these fairy tales? Debunking the Myths is a must-read Quick Guide, describing some of the most popular (false) beliefs about international career building. Check it out now – and get realistic about your future abroad.
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
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.
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