It can be easy to assume that your own culture is “right” or “better” than others. But when you're 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 have been aware of it until now, but when you travel abroad or interact with people from other countries,... Read the full article
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While living in Milan, Davis took every opportunity to soak up the local culture. According to Davis, the study abroad experience transformed him from a “naïve, awkward American boy into a brand new person.” This transformation took effort, study and full cultural immersion.
Read more in our Stories from Abroad area. Have a story? Tell us about it.
Intergovernmental organizations are the largest international employers in the world, and building a career in the industry can be both rewarding and exciting. Here are a few key things that students should know before building towards a career with the UN or another IGO:Top Tips There are many types of IGO: IGOs differ in terms of mandate and scope, but whatever their specific focus, each IGO is dedicated to maintaining global order, upholding justice and promoting cooperation. Specialization is key: There is a complex network of IGOs, and each has a specific focus. In order to work... Read the full article
While interning at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Accra, Justin became familiar with West African workplace culture, and made a point of exploring the surrounding natural and cultural riches in his spare time.
Read more about Justin's internship in the Stories from Abroad section of the main MyWorldAbroad site. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
As the world looks towards the long transition of emerging from lockdown, it's tempting to make international travel plans. Thinking realistically about future adventures overseas will help you enjoy and appreciate the experience even more, and can potentially help you add career value to your travels. The main MyWorld site offers multiple articles dispelling some of the most commonly-circulated myths about living and working abroad. Check out a few of the key tips from the section, which apply no matter when you head abroad:Top Tips Not everything abroad is interesting: When you move... Read the full article
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept around the world, travel and cross-cultural learning plans were of course put on hold. But, very quickly, program operators, schools and students innovated in order to create opportunities for cross-cultural connection, learning and skill-building. Virtual international programs have been a shining light for globally-minded students and Meghan is one of many who have taken advantage. Read her Q&A about her time teaching Central American students via Zoom.
Students interested in international careers with governments in Canada can learn about relevant federal, provincial and territorial organizations, their responsibilities and the opportunities offered in foreign affairs, trade, international development, security and defence. The Government of Canada employs over 150,000 people working in diverse fields in over 1,000 locations throughout Canada and the rest of the world. Here are a few quick tips as you head out on your career path:Top Tips Do your homework: Hiring is merit-based, but it helps to know who is doing the hiring – and if... Read the full article
When Tara was approached by a South Korean recruiter, she knew the offer of a teaching position was too good to pass up. She spent a full year in Yeosu, getting to know her coworkers and students – and often being “treated like a rock star!”
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Having a second or third language greatly increases your appeal to international employers. Not only does it show that you are capable and adaptable, it also shows your commitment to cross-cultural communication. Not convinced? Here are a few more tips to start you on a language-learning path!Top Tips The working world needs multi-lingual workers: Whether you are applying for a job at home or abroad, your potential employers will be impressed by your language abilities. You may be required to use your second language on the job, or it may simply be a skill that proves your commitment... Read the full article
Yannish doubled the value of his study abroad term in the UK by adding a three-week internship in Madagascar to the end of his trip. By the time he arrived to begin his internship, he’d had already spent many months tuning up his adaptation and cross-cultural communication skills and was able to hit the ground running in his exciting new workplace.
Read more about Yannish's experience in Stories from Abroad! Have you been abroad? Tell us about it!