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!
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It’s easy to assume that your own culture is “right” or “better” than others. But when you're traveling abroad or trying to develop your International IQ, it's important to see your North American traits objectively. The North American Identity section in the main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users) describes some of the most common North American traits, both inside and outside the workplace. Here are a few of the top tips from the section:Top Tips You have cultural baggage! You may not even be aware of it, but when you travel abroad, you take with you your standards, customs... Read the full article
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!
Although the Western world is hinged on a culture of equality between the sexes, some other regions approach the issue from a different angle. It's still important to consider gender issues when preparing to travel or work abroad. This section will assist women in understanding what to expect, what to demand, and how to protect themselves abroad.Top Tips Learn about gender roles in your destination country: Are women considered equals? Are professional men likely to be put off by a female manager? Don’t assume you can change a cultural approach overnight. Be sensitive to the culture... 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.
Job Hunting When You Return is a short section describing how to sell yourself to employers after you return from time abroad. If you have spent time working abroad, you may not know how to describe the skills you have developed, or you may be unaware of concerns a potential employer might have about you. This short section offers some advice on the subject.Top Tips Reflect on your time abroad: Just because your domestic employers have not worked internationally, does not mean the skills you developed abroad are not valuable. Think of the ways you have changed and improved since... Read the full article
Countless couples have met while traveling. Those who travel are inspired, intellectually vibrant and they can often form connections easily. Cross-cultural personal relationships have their own dynamics and issues, as do the relationships of people who go abroad with a partner they met in their home country. This week, our featured Quick Guide explores some of the issues surrounding international love affairs. Read it now.
Knowing how to sell your international skills (no matter your experience level) allows you to maximize the career value of your cross-cultural experiences and put your best foot forward as you enter the international workforce. Before being able to sell your skills, you must take stock of your professional self, uncover your talents and "package" them for potential employers. Here are a few key tips on the process:Top Tips Know how to sell yourself: Getting hired takes more than a good resume (although this is a prerequisite) – it takes charisma, networking skills, self-knowledge and... Read the full article
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.
Creating a good cover letter takes forethought. A clear, effective and persuasive cover letter can help you make a fantastic first impression with a potential employer. Here are a few key tips, drawn from the main MyWorld site:Top Tips Your email matters: When you email your resume and cover letter, they should be sent as attachments and you will have to write an email to go along with them. Don’t make the mistake of being informal. This email matters! Many letters for many purposes: Cover letters aren’t the only formal written communication between you and a prospective employer. You... Read the full article