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participating in a debriefing workshop
when he returned, which helped him
think about the transferable skills he gained
from his international experience. "A good
thoughtful session like that can highlight
skills that students may not have had a
chance to recognize while in the midst of
their foreign adventure," he says.
He is currently interviewing for jobs. "I
am involved in a lot of interviews for post
graduation positions and I am leveraging my
experience in those interviews. I talk a lot
about the problems and solutions of working within groups with cultural differences. I
explain the coursework I did along with trips
that pertain to their business or questions
they ask. This usually leads to them asking
if I know any foreign languages, which I do.
Having all those experiences allows me to
steer the conversation in the direction I want
it to go in. This is ideal when trying to highlight specific skills," he explains.

Leiner adds that talking about his study
abroad experience has also helped him
demonstrate his flexibility and adaptability as a potential employee. "Coming into
a new environment and being completely
uprooted also helped me gain a stronger
sense of self and shows to employers my
capability to do quality work when I am out
of my element," he says.
Similarly, Lisa Barsamian, a recent graduate of University of Texas, also found that
studying abroad made her more willing to
take risks in her job search. "Things like moving to a new state or taking a risk in a new
field seemed less scary to me," she explains.
Barsamian, currently an account executive at Yelp, says that many students have
difficulty connecting their experiences
abroad and finding a job "because they become nostalgic and look over the skills they
gained during that time. ... When thinking about finding a job, it's hard to connect

something that seems so much like a dream
with the reality of your future. However,
once students can find concrete examples
of how it has changed them and how it will
help them get to their goals, the connection
becomes much more clear." 
IE
CHARLOTTE WEST is a freelance writer in
Seattle, Washington. Her last article for IE was
"English Expands" about the increase in Englishtaught degrees in Europe, which appeared in the
annual intensive language supplement that was
published with the March/April 2014 issue of IE.

References
1 British Council (2013). Culture at Work: The
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3 For more information about MSU's unpacking
workshops, see http://studyabroad.isp.msu.edu/
research/Research-Gardner-Unpacking.pdf

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