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JOB
SEARCH
ing reverse culture shock after being abroad for so long.
This period in my life, albeit frustrating, was also very
informative.
I focused on what I could control and volunteered at
numerous international education-related events held
throughout the Washington, D.C., area, since I lived in
the region. These were great networking opportunities
and I acquired business cards from individuals who were
involved in the international education field. Shortly after
I got home, I connected with them on LinkedIn, read their
profiles, followed up with "thank you" emails, and also
requested informational interviews to learn more about
their respective roles and employers. The majority of them
were happy to speak with me, and although I initially requested 15-20 minutes of their time, our conversations
usually took more than an hour. Toward the end of some
of these meetings, I was encouraged to explore organizations I had never considered or was introduced to
potential new contacts in the field. One encounter led to
another, and I realized it is not always what you know, but
who you know that can help in a job search.

I found building a network very helpful to me in keeping
my head in the job search game and have as a resource
to find out about job openings, and to make connections
I knew would serve me into the future after I finally
found the "one" job I was after to start my career.
I found building a network very helpful to me in keeping my head in the job search game and as a resource to
find out about job openings, and to make connections
I knew would serve me into the future after I finally found
the "one" job I was after to start my career.
It turns out that I applied for the job I ultimately got
simply by applying to the position online in January 2012.
Davidson College, in Davidson, North Carolina, came
onto my radar only after Googling private liberal arts
colleges, and then combing each of their human resource
websites for study abroad jobs. (So, this is another valuable lesson I learned-not all jobs are widely advertised;
sometimes, the perfect job is only on a campus human
resources page so doing your own research rather than
just relying on job advertisements can uncover ideal positions.) I tailored my cover letter and resume specifically
for my sought-after position.
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In March I received a call for an interview request,
which was scheduled for mid-April. It was roughly 45
minutes on the phone with the study abroad coordinator,
who is my current supervisor. A week later, Davidson indicated they'd like to schedule a six-hour Skype interview
in early May. This was with all of the staff that worked
in the Dean Rusk International Studies Program department, which included an hour-long session with recently
returned study abroad students.
I prepared for both of these interviews by looking
through Davidson's study abroad website, learning more
about their program models, options, eligibility requirements etc., and thinking about questions they might ask me
based on the job description-preparing for this job was like
studying for an exam. All of my preparation clearly worked
out because I was offered the position one week later. My
first day on the job as a study abroad counselor was on June
14, 2012; that day confirmed that my decision to get involved
in the education abroad field was the best one for me.

Passing the Torch
Today during my appointments with prospective study
abroad participants on campus, I encourage them to make
a modest investment in business cards with their name
and school email address because it may be useful to them
in the host country. It is never too early to start networking. Especially given advancements in communications
technology, why limit your professional contacts to those
solely within the United States? Even prior to arriving at
your intended destination, a person who sits next to you
on your flight, after exchanging business cards, could be
a lead for any number of opportunities.
Another effective way for students to broaden their
potential opportunities is to learn email etiquette for professional networking. I like to suggest that they reach out
to education abroad program providers; have them introduce themselves and indicate their academic curriculum,
tentative overseas study term, realistic goals, concerns, and
other relevant information. This can serve as good practice
for when students have to interact with potential employers or request an informational interview on their own.
In retrospect, my job search was intense-that is undeniable. But the people I met during that time, my personal
maturation after returning to the United States, and my
efforts to maintain healthy professional ties have strongly
influenced my enthusiasm and confidence in interactions
with diverse student populations in my current job. IE
NED KHATRICHETTRI is a study abroad counselor at Davidson
College.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2015

Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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