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.
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Having an international studies focus in your degree is a great way of building cross-cultural understanding and a strong global perspective. If you are considering undertaking an international studies program, whether at the undergraduate or the graduate level, you’ll want to do some intensive research online to find the perfect program. The Researching Internationally-Focused Degrees Quick Guide will give you some fast links to online databases, where you’ll be able to hunt through a variety of programs in the US and Canada.
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
The world of resumes is in constant flux. With the birth of the online professional profile, LinkedIn and the increasing importance of “scanability,” the importance of the traditional multi-page resume is up in the air. But one thing remains true: international resumes are different from domestic ones! And whether or not you end up presenting a multi-page resume to a potential employer, you’ll benefit from going through the processes described in the Overview of International Resumes Quick Guide. Check out this important tip sheet now.
Wondering how you can become more internationally-minded, even when you’re stuck on campus? Well, MyWorldAbroad’s main site (for registered users) offers plenty of suggestions for getting involved in international activities at home, but keeping up with top-quality world news sites online is an excellent way to supplement your personal international networks and activities. Being able to hold an intelligent and informed discussion about current events in another region of the world is a fantastic quality, and can actually help you become a stronger networker and interview candidate.... Read the full article
International development is one of the most cross-cultural industries in existence. Being an international aid worker can be as thrilling and rewarding as it is challenging. As a result, the field is highly competitive, and to be successful takes perseverance, practical skill and serious cultural know-how.
Aspiring international aid workers are always keen to find out how successful professionals worked their way to success. We all know that real-world experience and strong professional networks are a great starting point, but what else can you do to boost your chances of success... Read the full article
The words “time” and “punctuality” have different meanings and associations in different regions of the world. An American businessman who shows up on time for a meeting in Ghana is likely to find himself tapping his foot for at least half an hour, but travelers who arrive two minutes late to catch a Swiss train will almost certainly miss their ride. Climate, culture, religion, economics, philosophy – all these elements play roles in how a region or nation develops its approach to time and punctuality.
Most of our readers are totally accustomed to the North American way of dealing... Read the full article
Homesickness. It’s something every globe-trotter will experience eventually, so we want to talk briefly about the topic here today.
If you’ve already read the MyWorldAbroad.com sections dealing with culture shock, you have a good idea of what to expect when you head abroad for an extended period of time. (If you haven’t read the sections, check out the links below.)
When transitioning to a foreign culture, everyone goes through several phases of adjustment. But there’s no need to panic. Even though some of the phases can be challenging, the process of going through them is a... Read the full article