Drew is a self-proclaimed globetrotter and travel addict. After spending time in Israel and studying abroad in Prague during his undegraduate degree, he caught the travel bug and hasn't looked back since. Read his inspiring insights in our latest addition to the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
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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
After being abroad long-term, you'll have to head home to your normal life. You’ll have had a life-altering experience, made new friends and learned so much about yourself and the world. Though you might be eager to get back to your familiar stomping ground, it can be difficult to re-adjust to your old surroundings and friendships. Much like culture shock, re-entry shock can strike when you least expect it, and can leave you feeling disoriented or down. Check out the Quick Guide to help you understand and work through re-entry shock here.
The most important part of any cross-cultural journey is having the right mindset! Julia's excellent essay about her study exchange experience in Qatar demonstrates how an open-minded perspective and willingness to learn can help you bridge any cultural divide. We suggest that every international career hopeful reads this great article for tips and inspiration. Check it out!
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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
As an undergrad, Mara passed up a chance to study abroad, feeling she wasn’t ready to travel. But when she was offered an opportunity to intern in Panama City as part of a post-graduate certificate in project management, she knew she couldn’t turn it down! Read Mara’s reflections on cross-cultural professionalism, Panamanian culture and the importance of perseverance when pursuing a placement abroad.
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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.
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
In her story from abroad, Jessica gives a great description of her time adjusting to life in Colombia. Read about how she financed her trip, kept her focus and stepped way out of her comfort zone in Medellin!
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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