~Resources for Education Abroad Returnees~
All concurrent sessions are 50 minute long.
Morning Sessions (11:00 - 11:50)
1. International Career Panel - GRW 314Ready for the “real world”? After graduation many education abroad returnees wish to take their professional career abroad or work in an internationally-minded career field in the U.S. This panel will include individuals who have worked abroad or have internationally related positions in a variety of sectors in the U.S. Hear their experiences on how they got to their career and come ready to ask them your questions!
***The same session will be offered in the afternoon.***
2. Turn Your Global Opportunities into a Job Opportunity: Resume Workshop - GRW 312
What does a global career mean to you? Today, careers have become less about advancement and more about knowledge acquisition and strategic planning. Individuals looking for global experience should think reflectively and venture out on their own career path to achieve international goals. Regardless of the job you are seeking, the skills you gained during your international experience are valued by employers. The first par of the session will cover basic resume content and formatting, and the last half will be a "workshop".
**Remember to bring your updated resume including your international experience.**
Afternoon Sessions I (1:30 - 2:20)3. Retaining and Improving Language Skills Post-Study Abroad - GRW 301
If you recently returned from a study abroad program, you may still be feeling the thrill that comes with having faced your fears of using your non-native language in an immersive setting! You have navigated public transportation, made new friends, tried favorite recipes with your host family, and celebrated holidays with new-to-you traditions. Through these memorable experiences you’ve grown your language skills and your confidence as well. How can you maintain your language skills and develop them further? What measures are used to assess language proficiency for professional settings, so that you can work towards them? We’ll discuss personal and professional strategies for language learning, plus standardized language measures and certification testing to guide your language learning journey!
4. Fulbright & Prestigious Scholarships - GRW 303
Many returnees from study abroad programs, global internships, or service-learning experiences are inspired to spend more time learning and living in an international setting but may wonder how they would finance such an undertaking. You might consider one of the Fulbright US Student Program's many awards that pay for up to an academic year (or more) of international immersion. In this session, we will overview the many Fulbright programs. Nearly all Fulbright award types (except the Clinton fellowships) are open to graduating seniors, so this session is useful for both undergraduate and graduate students.
5. International Career Panel - GRW 314
Ready for the “real world”? After graduation many education abroad returnees wish to take their professional career abroad or work in an internationally-minded career field in the U.S. This panel will include individuals who have worked abroad or have internationally related positions in a variety of sectors in the U.S. Hear their experiences on how they got to their career and come ready to ask them your questions!
***The same session will be offered in the morning.***
Afternoon Sessions II (2:30 - 3:20)
6. Create Your Global Pitch: Interviewing Techniques - GRW 312
Network – it is all about who you know • Keep connected with your experience • Practice! • Be concise. Today, it seems tough to get your foot in the door, once it is captivate the potential employers. Regardless of the job you are seeking, the skills you gained during your international experience are valued by employers and how you communicate those skills are just as important. The first part of the session will be structured as a round-table discussion on how to best prepare for an interview (tips, best practices, how to prepare, etc.). The last half of the session is all about practice. Students will pair up with either a panel member (or with each other) to practice answering interview questions based on a sample set of questions.
You’ve heard it before, “Studying abroad will help you stand out when applying for a job or grad school.” But how will you stand out if others share similar experiences? In this session we will go over the importance of creating a personal brand, sticking to it, and when to adapt and change your brand by utilizing resources such as media and technology. Examples will be provided and attendees will be encouraged to share their own branding.