Innovators in Internationalization
Wednesday October 27, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time
Despite the rhetoric about needing workers with an international outlook, employers tend to rank study abroad low on their wish list of co-curricular experiences. Why is that? Probably because they still associate it with trips to the French countryside and drinking in Irish pubs. Job applicants don’t often help their case, as many are unable to articulate how six months abroad helped them become more resourceful, independent, and culturally aware. Learn how several colleges have begun fixing that problem by cross-training their study-abroad and career-services staff members to encourage them to team up and help students explain their international experiences in ways that resonate with employers.
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Cheryl Matherly is assistant provost for global education at the University of Tulsa. She was previously assistant dean of students for career and international education at Rice University, where she set up workshops and seminars to help students market their overseas study to employers.
Martin Tillman is a higher-education consultant and former associate director of career services at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Both have written and lectured extensively on career development and international education.
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