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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:05 in International Skills

If you can't wait to go abroad, but know it just won't happen this year, never fear! There are still plenty of ways you can build international skills on campus. Be sure to make time for extra-curricular cross-cultural activities, like socializing with international students or having a world food pot luck in your dorm. There are lots of fun ways to bring the world to your doorstep! And you can also gain serious international chops (and resume-building skills) on your home campus by taking these suggestions:

Take international courses: Register for international courses or write essays... Read the full article
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 12:27 in Finding Work, The Professions

Available as a Kindle or paperback, this book is an essential resource for anyone hoping to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.This comprehensive resource will provide you with indispensable advice, relevant strategies and non-profit-specific resources to strengthen your job search. It's practical, easy-to-read and it will give you tips on self-assessment, networking, negotiating and more. This particular version is specifically written for first-time job seekers. Check out Idealist's other books if you're a mid-career professional looking to shift into the international development... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:59 in In the News, Language Learning

Language learning is challenging, but extremely rewarding and a great career booster for any aspiring international professional. One of the most common pieces of advice that we hear from students and young professionals who are returning from abroad is that they wish they'd spent more time learning the languages of their host countries before they left North America. Many also tell us they wish they'd spent more time actually speaking the host language while they were abroad. 

If you're preparing to head abroad to study, work or volunteer, we recommend starting your language... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:09 in In the News, Volunteer Abroad

Non-profit organization United Planet is hosting a photo and video contest. Submissions are due by August 21st, so if you're just heading abroad for your summer adventure, keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready!

According to the guidelines, all entries "should aim to illustrate the ideas of cross-cultural understanding, friendship and supporting one another" at home or abroad.

Check out the official submission rules here. 

The grand prize is a two-week United Planet volunteer quest, so don't miss this opportunity!

You can also check out the United Planet... Read the full article

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 10:29 in Work Abroad, Finding Work

A career in international development appeals to a wide variety of people, since it has the potential to satisfy wanderlust as well as the desire to do good. It is one of the most cross-cultural industries in existence, and as such it requires excellent communication skills and a high level of global intelligence.

Whether you're working in the field with an NGO, or in a think tank developing policy, a career in this field will require you to be extremely culturally literate. The good news is that becoming culturally literate is a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience, and the... Read the full article

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:08 in In the News, Intern Abroad

Like it or not, in the globalized, online world, you are constantly building your personal brand. What is a "personal brand," you ask? Well, in simple terms, it's your reputation and what you represent publicly.

Most young people starting out on an internationally-oriented career have not yet had the opportunity to develop a cohesive personal brand; but you can think of it this way: if a potential employer were to Google your name, what would s/he see on the first page of results? Would the results represent your professional/personal values and support your career goals?

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Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:57 in Travel Abroad, Study Abroad

Sometimes an ID card is more than just an ID card! The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is "the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status" worldwide and no student should head abroad without one!

ISIC cards are issued in over 125 countries worldwide. All students over the age of 12, of any nationality, can purchase a card at an affordable price and reap the rewards.

So, what are the rewards, you ask? As well as being able to prove your student status internationally, the ISIC card allows you access over 42,000 exclusive benefits around the... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:15 in Language Learning

Eager to learn a second language but not ready to lay down cold, hard cash for a tutor or official language certification? If you're interested in learning German, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian, we recommend checking out Duolingo, a completely free language learning tool, with absolutely no hidden fees. 

Duolingo's unique business model allows the company to offer free language learning features to tens of thousands of users without charging a penny. How, you ask? Well, as part of the learning process, students translate real-world documents for companies and organizations... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 - 10:12 in Work Abroad, Finding Work

There are literally hundreds of thousands of job opportunities posted online. It’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed – but if you have clear goals and a strong plan, you will be able to remain focused and effective in your job search.

One of our top recommendations is that before you begin your search, you narrow your scope by honing in on specific industries, keywords, position titles and skill terminology. LinkedIn is an easy way to research positions and keywords in advance of your job search. Jot down skills and recurring keywords that you see in the profiles of people in your... Read the full article

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Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 - 09:11 in Study Abroad, In the News

It was only a matter of time until someone created a GIF rundown of the study abroad experience; and the day has come. A few days ago, the Matador Network posted a 21-step GIF homage to the study abroad experience, start to finish. We'd be remiss if we didn't include it here for your enjoyment! Did your study abroad experience match up to this funny visual description? 

For those who are about to head abroad, we'd highly recommend supplementing this amusing GIF description with a few of our more informative explorations of the study abroad experience! See the links below. 

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