Posted on January 28, 2010
Photo courtesy of Lucas Franchi
One of the biggest lessons that we have learned from our guests, Erin Bream (Fulbright Scholar in Colombia), James Norris (Young Professional in Singapore), Michael Pearsun (Winner of a Study Abroad in Korea) and Alan Perlman (Cost-of-living surveyor) is that there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter international experience.
So what happens when you decide to take ‘the road less traveled’? You open yourself to a world of possibilities, literally. That is our lesson from our guest this week, Lucas Franchi. He decided rather than to follow the normal trajectory for a recent college grad, he was going to explore his ‘road less traveled’. He ventured out to combine his love for languages and culture as an ESL teacher in Asia. His one-year adventure has turned into a three-year career that he hopes to continue building in other countries as well. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »
Posted on January 26, 2010
Photo attribution to TheGoogly on Flickr
The time has officially come. It’s resume time. Writing a resume is often correlated to a painful and dreadful experience. You know you have to but it takes so much time! Well not to fear. It doesn’t have to be that way. Your resume is the single most important document that you will ever write in your career. That being said, it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time. You will go through many, many iterations of your resume.
The goal for this week is to start and complete your first resume. If you already have a resume, spend this week polishing it up. Remember to include any relevant experience that has to do with international topics. That encompasses language abilities, international clubs, international volunteering, gap year travel, etc. Your resume is your international calling card and must convey your international aptitudes.
Generally in our Must Do Monday posts, we give a 5-day breakdown of how to achieve the goal for the week. This week we are going to tweak that slightly. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »
Posted on January 12, 2010
Photo Attribution to rossjamesparker on Flickr
The excitement of going abroad is something that starts long before you leave. A huge part of that thrill is when you surround yourself with people who have already had that experience. Those people will be the ones that will keep you motivated before you leave, that may open other opportunities to you while abroad and that may serve as contacts in the countries that you may live or visit. Building your global network will serve your before, during and after your trip. The best time to start building it is now!
This week focus on finding where those future contacts meet so that you can connect with them. Think of building your network like picking players for a team. Each of your ‘players’ brings their own strengths and capabilities to make that team the best there is. The same thing goes for your network. Having a balanced global network with people from different industries and interests will help you as you build your international career or pursue an international experience. Dedicate 1 hour a day for the next 4 days to find at least 5 people that you want to add to your network. After you have identified those people, learn about their background and reach out to them for a meeting. Here are four places to start looking this week.
International Programs Office:
The advantage of being on campus is the availability of resources at your disposal. The people at the international programs office will be able to connect you with other students or professors that have had international experiences. If you do not have that option available to you, seek out the international development office of your local town. Larger cities will have resources of international businesses that have satellite offices where you can reach out to one of the professionals there.
Building a good relationship with the Alumni of your school is always a good thing to do for your future prospects. They may be the gatekeepers to international opportunities and have the advantage of foresight. By demonstrating your enthusiasm for an international experience, there is the potential to create a strong bond where they can help motivate you to achieve your dreams.
LinkedIn and Facebook:
There is a huge potential on both LinkedIn and Facebook to build a global network regardless of where you live. LinkedIn offers you resources like ‘Groups’ to find like-minded individuals on various subjects. Facebook offers a similar resource through ‘Fan Pages’. Goinglobal has both a LinkedIn Group and a Facebook Group page to bring together people that are interested in pusuing international opportunities. Here are some other great groups to join on LinkedIn and Facebook:
International Higher Education Consulting Blog
Aspire by API – High School and Gap Year Study Abroad
(Remember that in order to join these groups, you must already be a member of either network. Need help building your LinkedIn profile? Check this article out by Chris Brogan for some great pointers)
This is by far an amazing resource for anyone looking to meet people that share similar interests. Meetup is a worldwide directory of groups that meet based on spectrum of topics like traveling, working abroad, studying abroad, being an expat, etc. Check out different groups that you would like to join and start attending the events.
Do you have any suggestions for other ways to build your global network? Please let us know and we will add them to this post.
Posted on December 16, 2009
Over the past several weeks, we have sat down with a Fulbright Scholar who researched micro-enterprises in Colombia, a young professional turned expat in Singapore, the adventures of a Cost-of-Living Surveyor and this week a student who studied abroad in South Korea while attending the University of Texas – McCombs School of Business. International experiences come in many different forms and can be pursued at any period in your life.
The driving factor for these three people and their experiences has been one thing – transforming that desire into action. The ‘want’ is only a tiny element of having an international experience. Turing that ‘want’ into a ‘reality’ is what will make the difference in having an international experience and not having one at all. During each of our interviews, we have made it a point to give you the tools to make your international dreams come true. The last question to all of our interviewees in this 10 part series is designed to give you 3-5 actionable steps to implement right away.
This week we sat down with Michael Pearson, a University of Texas International Business graduate, who studied abroad in South Korea from August 2005 – July 2006. He walks us through his whole study abroad experience and how he turned his idea into a reality. Read more…
Posted on December 11, 2009
Part of our journey into various international experiences is learning about the opportunities available outside of our everyday scope of familiarities. When I read this post on the Maiden Voyage website, I thought it was perfect for anyone looking to have an international job experience that is less than traditional. Read below to learn how Alan Perlman combined his love for travel with his job as a cost-of-living surveyor. Read more…