International Educator - March/April 2018 - 8

FROM THE DESK OF
ESTHER D. BRIMMER, NAFSA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Assisting a Globally
Prepared Workforce

T

ECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WORLD OF WORK and the demands placed

on international education at an accelerated rate. A World Economic Forum report
on The Future of Jobs speculates that the majority of children "entering primary school

today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don't yet exist." Employers
and educators are searching for the best ways to prepare students for the workforce of the future,
which will likely require significant cross-border contact. International educators can help
students not only to survive, but also to thrive as members of the globally prepared workforce.

Academic researchers, business consultants, and
other experts seek to document how international
education contributes to workforce development.
As noted in a recent article by Christof Van Mol
published in Geoforum, "employers are more likely to
value study abroad when they seek to employ graduates who have good language skills, computer skills,
and decision-making skills." Such interpersonal skills
and the ability to deal with cognitive complexity are
especially significant as students search for careers
that continue to exist despite the increased application of artificial intelligence to economic production.
As Northeastern University President Joseph E.
Aoun observes in his new book, Robot-Proof: Higher
Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, "true
cultural agility is beyond the reach of machines"
(2017, 70).
For many companies with globally integrated supply chains or customers in many countries, the need
to understand other cultures and preferences is clear.
To meet these needs, some companies are expanding their in-house education programs; in other
cases, companies are working with higher education
institutions to craft specialized degrees. Recognizing
employers' emerging interest in graduates who have
completed international internships, some international educators are incorporating jobs skills into
programs where appropriate.
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There is a nuanced balance to be sought as professionals craft study abroad programs. Creating the
globally prepared workforce must include inculcating
the habits of mind that allow tomorrow's employees
to not only find their first job, but also to adapt to find
their second, third, or fifth, or career-culminating
position.
On campuses, international educators can collaborate with career service centers to highlight the
benefits of education abroad, as well as internationalization at home. International educators can guide
students on how to express both the cultural insights
gained and skills acquired to future employers. As
societies around the globe grapple with the challenges
of technological change, the expertise of international
educators is required. n

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Aoun, Joseph E. 2017. Robot-Proof: Higher
Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Cambridge: MIT Press.
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/robot-proof
Van Mol, Cristof. 2017. "Do employers value
international study and internships? A
comparative analysis of 31 countries." Geoforum
78: 52-60.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.11.014


https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/robot-proof https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.11.014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
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