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Whether or not you planned it, studying abroad may have made you more marketable to future employers. The skills and knowledge you learned while abroad may be easily transferrable into the working world. But it is up to you to demonstrate the link between your study abroad experience and the specific skills valued by the company or organization that you want to work for.
The following list of questions is intended to help you begin to identify some of the international knowledge, skills and experience you may possess. Take time to consider your answers to these questions:
These are a set of broad skills which could be highly transferable in your job search and may be viewed as important to employers in their hiring process. They are highly marketable regardless of whether you are seeking a job in the U.S, with a domestic employer, an international organization or looking to work abroad. The list below includes specific qualities and abilities which students studying abroad may frequently develop. In preparation for a job or informational interview, you may want to think of concrete examples from your experience abroad that demonstrate your development of some of these characteristics:
Because you’ve studied abroad, you may have developed important attributes of a globally competent student which employers will value. These include:
Effective marketing of yourself in your job search requires that you incorporate these attributes into your resume, your cover letter and your talking points during job interviews. After returning to campus, consider the many ways in which you can “unpack” your international experience and “make sense” of it.
Global Competency Quick Reference Guide Nancy PaulCareer Development Center at Binghamton University, State University of New YorkExcellent reference tool to assist students understand meaning of “global competency” and how their experience abroad translates on a resume, in cover letter and during a job interview.The Other Side of Education Abroad: Same City, Different ResultsSheila CurranAn essay depicting different outcomes in a job interview which were a result of two different approaches to the same study abroad experience.
Coming Home: Relationships, Roots and UnpackingJames L. Citron and Vija G. MendelsonAbroad View MagazineEssay on the challenges and opportunities of re-adjusting upon returning to campus.Help Employers See the Value of Your Study Abroad ExperienceKelly CueneStudent Branding BlogHow to avoid study abroad misconceptions.
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Martin Tillman is president of Global Career Compass. Global Career Compass navigates career pathways for students and international education professionals.
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