Associations for international professionals

Young professionals and students in the United States can benefit from participating in professional associations and this applies equally to international students as well. Since getting involved earlier in your career can offer more opportunities to learn, volunteer and expand your professional development, it makes sense to identify associations that operate internationally.  

The lists of associations below can provide a starting point for students and young professionals to connect with organizations and get more involved with their local or international work. One option is to identify companies or groups that are members of an association and consider requesting an informational interview to learn more about how they contribute to their international association.

Marketing

Management

Finance & Banking

Management Consulting

Education

Health Care

 

Chile – Employment Outlook Update

In the months since GoinGlobal first examined the employment outlook for Chile there has been continued progress in Chile’s economy.

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Image source: https://www.cia.gov

During the first quarter of 2013, Chile’s Central Bank reported that the country’s GDP had grown by 5.6% in 2012. The report also noted that imports and exports increased during 2012 as well. The growth trend provides a positive reinforcement of the economic expansion that Chile continues to enjoy.

Additional news reports in early 2013 confirmed that jobs in technical and professional services sectors continue to be in demand. Examples include:

  1. Commercial Engineer (Ingeniería Comercial)
  2. Accounting and Auditing (Contabilidad y Auditoría)
  3. Computer Engineer (Ingeniería Informática)
  4. Industrial Engineer (Ingeniería Civil Industrial)
  5. Civil Engineer (Ingeniería Civil)
  6. Chemist and Pharmacist (Química y Farmacia)
  7. Business Administrator (Administración de Empresas)
  8. Web applications programmer (Programador Web)
  9. SAP Consultant (Consultor SAP)
  10. Financial Analyst – Energy Projects (Analista Financiero de Proyectos Energéticos)
  11. Production Supervisor (Supervisor de Producción)
  12. Project Engineer (Ingeniero de Proyectos)

Related Industry News

“Mining in Chile – The engine that moves Chile forward (Global Business Reports) - http://www.gbreports.com/admin/reports/EMJ-Chile2012.pdf

Copper Solution (Economist.com) - http://www.economist.com/news/business/21576714-mining-industry-has-enriched-chile-its-future-precarious-copper-solution

Mining in Chile: A new phase of expansion (Latino Mineria) - http://www.latinomineria.com/revistas/index_neo_en.php?id=883

Europeans fill jobs void in Chile’s thriving economy (Reuters.com) - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/25/us-chile-immigration-idUSBRE90O17G20130125

Chile’s Labor Shortage: Workers Needed - http://www.businesschile.cl/en/news/cover-story/chile%E2%80%99s-labor-shortage-workers-needed

References

Las carreras más demandadas por las empresas en Chile - http://www.biobiochile.cl/2013/01/02/las-carreras-mas-demandadas-por-las-empresas-en-chile.shtml

¿Cuáles serán los trabajos más demandados en 2013? - http://www.finanzas.com/noticias/empleo/20121226/cuales-seran-trabajos-demandados-1662883.html

Doing business in Liberia

Finding information about companies and business activities in Liberia can take you to multiple online destinations. If you are looking for details about  companies operating in Liberia or opportunities to invest or start a business venture it helps to think creatively to find information in public and fee-based sources. In many cases, there are numerous publicly accessible reports that are published by newspapers, consulting firms, and governments. 

GoinGlobal’s Key Employer Directory is one option to identify examples of companies working in Liberia. However, there are additional resources that can provide useful supplements to the initial listings in GoinGlobal’s database.

 Tips for Finding Key Economic Sectors

  • Identify major industries in Liberia — according to the CIA World Fact Book some of the key industries and commodities in Liberia include:
    • Agricultural products - rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (manioc)), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
    • Industries - rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds
    • Exports - rubber, timber, iron, diamonds, cocoa, coffee
  • Check international associations for the industries in the country
  • Check major publications connected to the industries
  • Set up news alerts on Google or other major search engines to watch for keywords and phrases connected to Liberian industry areas

Resources related to the USA

Resources related to Canada

Country Information from Export Development Canada (EDC) http://www.edc.ca/EN/Country-Info/Pages/Liberia.aspx

There may be additional corporations who have a presence in Liberia but it may be necessary to look at industry associations to identify additional sector-specific resources. 

Resources from Liberia

Nonprofit & International Development Activities

Other International Resources


Careers in International Preparation

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified career opportunities in international preparation as a growing area of specialization. When you search on networking sites such as LinkedIn you can also find numerous references to job roles that focus on international relocation and global mobility. As the economies of the world become increasingly connected there is an expanding need for professionals who understand the challenges associated with moving to and working in cultures around the world.

Who uses international preparation services?

Services for international preparation are required by:

  • Private organizations
  • the Federal Government
  • Individual and Group travelers

There are three broad service categories:

  1. Culture – understanding the nuances and differences between cultures and how those who are relocating need to be aware of those differences
  2. Logistics – planning, coordinating and fulfilling travel and property shipments in support of international relocations
  3. Health & Safety – creating and maintaining a safe environment for people when they are traveling overseas for work or study

For each functional area there are multiple job roles ranging from entry-level to senior management. Some sample job titles include:

  • Cross Cultural Trainer
  • Language & Cultural Specialist
  • International Relocation Counselor
  • Certified Relocation Professional (CRP)
  • Relocation Consultant
  • Global Mobility Specialist (GMS)
  • Instructional Coordinator 
  • Training Specialist
  • Logistics Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • International Relocation Consultant
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health & Safety Instructor
  • Travel Physician
  • Medical Records Technician

What experience and qualifications are required?

In order to be effective in the field of international preparation it helps to have experienced living overseas and understanding other cultures. Developing cultural awareness is essential to avoid misunderstandings and work through any miscommunications before they result in mutual distrust or a breakdown of communication while overseas.

There are also professional certifications that are important for career advancement. These certifications can be useful for professionals in real estate, human resources management, training and development, and international logistics:

Potential benefits to a career in international preparation include: 

  • Travel locally and internationally
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Diversity in responsibilities and experiences
  • Consistent culture of helping others 

Resources

Professional Associations

Examples of Companies working in international preparation

International Internships – N. America

Looking for an internship in North America

This series will explore various ways to find leads on internship opportunities in North America. There are still opportunities for internship positions for Summer and Fall 2013 and we will help identify some tools to get you focused on pursuing internship positions.

Where to begin?

Job boards and general internet searches can return varied and often mediocre results. Instead of looking ‘anywhere’ for an internship, think about looking in specific industries, niches and areas of need. Start by listing some basic goals and what you are looking to get out an internship:

  • Does it need to be local or should it be ‘out of town’ (national and international)?
  • How long – weeks or months?
  • Paid or unpaid – chances are that many positions will be unpaid or have only a minor stipend
  • Overall benefits – are you looking to position yourself for a job or are you striving for skills development?
With an initial outline of what types of opportunities will meet your goals you can begin to identify organizations that offer internships. Consider the following sources:
  • Companies — this seems like the easiest to identify but this level of focus can be too granular
  • Industry Associations — looking at association websites and finding groups that focus on specific industries can help to create a more refined list of companies to follow
  • Market Surveys & Job Outlook assessments — reports, websites and journals that describe where skills are needed can also be indicators of the types of gaps companies are looking to fill, possibly with interns 

Canada (CA)

Industry Listings

Associations

Internship sites

USA (US)

Industry Listings

Associations

Internship Sites

Mexico (MX)

Industry Listings

Associations

Internship Sites

Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC)

Industry Listings

Associations

Internship Sites

 

[NOTE: All references to organizations offering placement services are provided for informational purposes only and their mention is not an endorsement or promotion of their services or products. Be sure to do your own additional research to see what will meet your career needs!]


Additional Resources

You can also check out the search tool on goinglobal.com to look through job and internship opportunities in North America and other countries around the world.