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their future job searches. "The soaring cost
of tuition, coupled with the strains placed on
families during the recession, have led more
campuses to re-examine how study abroad-
in addition to its significant value as part of
internationalization policy-brings added
value to students' career portfolios and provides substantial benefits in terms of their
employability upon graduation," he says.
"Companies want to provide students
with skills and competencies that reflect
their best practices, provide domain knowledge, and also introduce students to those
cognitive, social, and personal skills that are
a good fit with the company's human resource needs. However, the evidence from
recent research is that, from the perspective
of employers, international experience, by
itself, is not enough. In other words, campuses need to do more to assist students
make the case that their international experience matters in ways that employers
can relate to and understand," explains Tillman, who is also the author of the recently
published AIFS publication Campus Best
Practices Supporting Education Abroad &
Student Career Development.

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Unpacking Career Benefits
Several institutions have already taken
steps to address the gap between students'
education abroad experiences and their job
searches. The University of Texas (UT) at
Austin, for example, has developed a poststudy abroad career workshop that helps
students communicate their international
experience in cover letters, resumes, and
interviews. According to Curtiss Stevens,
program coordinator in the international
office, the workshops are based on behaviorbased job screening techniques, which ask
job candidates how they have handled specific situations and to describe what kinds
of behaviors they used to solve problems.
For example, a potential employer might
ask an interviewee to describe how he or she
handled a difficult situation. A student who
had studied abroad could share a story about
a challenge he or she faced while abroad and
describe how he or she solved it.

Building Bridges Between Education
Abroad and Career Services

W

hile education abroad advisers and career services
professionals may share the goal of helping students connect
their educational experiences and activities with their future

careers, they have different areas of expertise. By working together,
education abroad offices and career centers can better assist students in
leveraging their international experiences in their job search.
"At most institutions, you'll find that the career services professionals
are eager to help students make the connection between their education
and future careers. Start with a simple invitation to meet a representative
from the career center, and use this time to introduce them to your office
and the needs of your students. They may know little about you and what
you do, or the possible points of intersection between your offices," says
Vera Chapman, associate director of career development at the Center for
Career Services at Colgate University.
She suggests that it is worth thinking about the goals of your
administration and how your needs may fit within the strategic plan, for
example if the school has identified global competency as an objective.
According to Martin Tillman, president of Global Career Campus, it may
be up to the education abroad office to make the first move: "If the campus
has a clearly articulated internationalization policy, it should be easier to
make a case for 'harmonizing' the advising services to students. Too often,
this process is fragmented and may occur only at one point in the students'
experience: perhaps in a predeparture orientation, or upon return to
campus in a debriefing workshop or seminar."
Becky Hall, director of career services administration at the Office for
Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, suggests starting
small. "Can you find a way to partner on a tip sheet or in developing a
workshop? Build from there," she says.
However, Brett Berquist, executive director of Michigan State University's
Office of Study Abroad, cautions that while collaboration often starts
from individual connections, it's important to formalize the partnership:
"It's a little dangerous if you don't make it an office to office relationship.
Otherwise, it only lasts as long as that individual relationship lasts."

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Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
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