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.
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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.
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
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
Some of the biggest barriers to study abroad are cost, curriculum, and culture. But from today until March 31, IIE, Go Overseas and campaign partners AIFS Study Abroad, CET Academic Programs, IFSA-Butler, and STA Travel are inviting you to take part in the #GoStudyAbroad campaign!
The #GoStudyAbroad contest calls on STUDENTS, STUDY ABROAD ALUMNI, FACULTY, ADVISORS AND ADMINISTRATORS to pay it forward by nominating U.S. college students to #GoStudyAbroad by the time they graduate. Or, if you've never been abroad, you can enter to win a scholarship for your own program overseas.... Read the full article