Why Study Abroad?
International experiences can impact your career development by adding a cross-cultural dimension to your education that you would not find without this exposure. As the job market becomes more globalized, you increase your marketability, by learning the competencies that both local and global markets value by studying abroad. These are some of the benefits you will reap:
- Improved skills: cognition, problem-solving and analytical
- Networking that will sharpen interpersonal skills
- Strengthen cross-cultural sensitivity
- Increased tolerance and adaptability
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Think about your career during the process of study abroad. You will go through three main stages:
- Pre-departure: Set goals for your experience and think strategically of what you want to accomplish. What skills do you want to develop? This is your opportunity to learn a new language, learn about the history of an ancient civilization, meet people from all over the world, and much more! How do these goals relate to your ultimate career goal? Be sure to research on the cultural differences. You want to make sure you learn the etiquette of a different culture before you get there.
- Experience Abroad: Reflect on your experience while you are in this new environment. The best way to process this is to reflect on how you are changing, growing and learning. Whether you blog, video blog, or journal, documenting your reflections will greatly help you grow from the experience.
- Return to Campus: How did your experiences develop you for the world of work? Immediately update your resume adding this experience. How do these experiences connect to your career of choice? What about the job you want to apply for - job description, company mission, vision or values? Feel free to use the Mock Interview and Resume Critique services to help you hone in your skills in a clear, precise and articulate fashion.
Translate Your Study Abroad Experience to the Job Market
Understand the importance of your studying abroad. It is important to learn to articulate this in an interview. Use an ample vocabulary and intelligent language when you describe your experiences.
- Intercultural competence: How did your experience shape your understanding of various cultures and the interaction of social groups?
- Global competencies: What global issues arose and what did you learn about ways to address these during your experience?
- Intercultural development: What kind of interaction did you have with other cultures? Did you have any "culture shocks"? What did this teach you about a different culture?
- What was most valuable about the experience in terms of your career development?
- How do the lessons learned translate to the job description of that job you are applying for?