Going abroad is an exciting adventure. You don't want to be bogged down by money troubles while abroad, instead of being able to fully immerse yourself and enjoy the experience. But the fact is, heading overseas costs money, so it's important to consider your budget before you buy your plane ticket. Check out our budget-focused Quick Guide here.
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Are you an international student studying in North America? Are you interested in finding work or possibly even building your future career within the US or Canada? If so, there are many things you can do while studying to improve your chances of finding work. 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.
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.
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