The study abroad experience can be an asset to employment. However, in order to use it to your advantage it is extremely helpful to research ways to present it to potential employers. Refer to the resources listed below for help. In addition, the Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development can offer excellent consultation for your resume and employment options. Don't hesitate to drop by!
- Articulate the experience in terms of a direct benefit to the company/organization
- Identify proficiencies beyond those associated with your specific host country and culture
- Focus on transferable and general skills that are learned through or enhanced by your international experience
- Use stories! Can you demonstrate cross-cultural competencies and interpersonal skills as developed by study abroad? Can you explain how these skills are used in problem-solving?
- Can you identify tangible activities or classes you participated in while abroad that are value-added in the eyes of an employer?
- Did you volunteer, have an internship, or complete/start a research project?
- Examples: Served patrons in a local café. Worked as the only American in a French business. Trained co-workers on American style customer service
- Proficiency may be described using an ACTFL score or some of the following terms: proficient, business literate, conversationally fluent, limited working proficiency, etc.
- Tell me about a time you dealt with uncertainty or ambiguity
- Tell me about a time you confronted a challenging situation
- Tell me about a time when you had to handle conflict
- Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new
- Did you complete a research project overseas that relates to your field of interest?
- Did you travel independently?
- Did you learn any new languages or customs?
- Did you resolve any conflicts that stemmed from a cultural misunderstanding?
- Did you work on any projects with a diverse group of people?
- Foreign language proficiency
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Improved communication skills
- Increased awareness of global issues
- Problem solving in an unfamiliar environment
- Ability to work in cross-cultural teams
- Increased self-awareness
- Travel skills
- Ability to work in ambiguous environments
- Openness to different cultures and customs
- Country Career Guides are the ultimate international job seeker’s guide! Packed with country-specific information, this massive research tool contains more than 80,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad. Each guide has been developed by a local career specialist and is updated annually. Recommended web sites and detailed resource descriptions are included.
- Some organizations with international internships include The Mountbatten Institute, AIESEC, STA World Travel, and Globalinks
Post-Graduation Opportunities Abroad - Written by Morgan Miller, one of Vanderbilt's own study abroad alumni, this manual addresses a variety of international opportunities to pursue after graduation.
How Buying Two Left Shoes Helped My Career, by Shannon Uribe, is an interesting and humorous story on how student struggles abroad are actually helpful for career skills
How to Highlight Study Abroad on your Resume and in your Interview, by Shannon Uribe, is a practical yet succinct guide to using your study abroad to make your resume shine and keep your interview interesting
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