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EDUCATION ABROAD

Stevens works closely with career services professionals at UT, which has 17 career
service centers across its departments and
colleges. He says it's easy to start small, by
putting together a one-hour workshop or
inviting in a career service professional to
talk about transferable skills.
Similar to UT, the Office of Study Abroad
at Michigan State University partners with
career services to offer workshops where
they focus on "unpacking" the study abroad
experience. "We have a series of reentry
debriefings that we do and take students
through the whole process from 'What was
your experience like?' to 'Can we drill down
into skill sets that matter to employers?'"
says Brett Berquist, executive director of
MSU's Office of Study Abroad.
"Unpacking"-a concept developed by
CERI director Philip Gardner, associate
director of career services Linda Gross,
and assistant director of study abroad, Inge
Steglitz-aims to help students make critical
connections between their learning experiences abroad in the context of preparing for
their future careers, explore the ways it may
have helped them develop academically,
culturally, professionally, and personally,
and articulate the skills and knowledge they
developed through study abroad more effectively. MSU's unpacking workshops
first introduce the skills and competencies
employers identify as particularly strong in
recent hires who have had an international learning experience, and then give the
participating students an overview of the
various reflection exercises. One or more
volunteers then take part in a mock interview about their international experience
to model the unpacking process. Finally,
students interview each other about their
experiences, using guiding questions. By
the end, students have a list of bullet points
describing knowledge and skills gained that
they can incorporate into a resume or a personal statement.3
"You see the light bulb go off. 'Unpacking'
takes the students from the cushy, life-changing vocabulary to being able to describe
specific skills they've obtained," Berquist ex56  

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Increased collaboration between career services
and education abroad offices, as well as an increased focus
on helping students articulate transferable skills,
is helping some students draw on their study abroad experience
during their job search process.
plains, adding that a faculty member or staff
will not debrief his or her own students.
Now that "unpacking" has become a
well-established process on its campus,
MSU is also starting to incorporate this
focus into their pre-departure workshops.
"We have come to the conclusion that the
unpacking part is even more powerful if we
apply it before or students go abroad. Instead of waiting until they're back, we place
some of those markers into the framework
before they go, asking students to reflect in
relation to their future life plans and what it
could mean for their careers," Berquist says.
Other institutions have also used the
"unpacking" model to develop career-related
workshops for study abroad students. The
first is a predeparture session that focuses
on ways to maximize the education abroad
experience. "We discuss everything from
creating a study abroad career plan to networking and international business etiquette.
Our goal is to encourage students to be intentional while they are abroad, as students
are often so enamored by the experience that
they neglect to recognize or make use of the
many opportunities for career development
that are embedded in the study abroad experience," says Vera Chapman, associate
director of career development at the Center for Career Services at Colgate University.
Colgate also offers a second "unpacking" workshop based on Gardner's model
once students return from study abroad.
"We use reflective prompts to help students
make sense of their experiences and work to
build connections to tangible skills gained.
This often is a major 'aha!' moment for students, as they begin to understand how to
communicate their experiences in ways that
employers can understand-both in job application materials and during interviews,"
Chapman explains.

In addition to pre- and post-study abroad
career support, Colgate University's Center
for Career Services offers virtual career advising to students while they are abroad.
University of Minnesota is another institution that has taken steps to integrate career
planning into its education abroad efforts
through the Career Integration initiative as
an extension of its Curriculum Integration
initiative, which aims to embed study abroad
into its degree programs and allow students
to finish their academic programs on time.
"With Career Integration, our focus is on
helping students be more intentional about
these experiences as they relate to career and
graduate school planning," Hall says.
She adds that throughout the Career
Integration initiative, career services practitioners from across campus have served
in a consultative role with the learning
abroad center.
In addition, they have created a lot of
print materials for staff who do individual
advising with students during the planning
and program selection process as well as reentry workshops that are cohosted by career
services and learning abroad staff. "For some
of our short courses or embedded courses,
we have begun to weaving career planning
into the curriculum," Hall adds.

Seeing the Connections
Increased collaboration between career
services and education abroad offices,
as well as an increased focus on helping
students articulate transferable skills, is
helping some students draw on their study
abroad experience during their job search
process. Danijel Leiner is an international
business major studying at University of
Texas at Austin and will soon be graduating. He studied abroad at Vienna University
of Business and Economics in Austria. He



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New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
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Internationalization Leadership
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