Connecting the Dots: How Study Abroad Impacts Employability

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog:
By Marty Tillman An American expat running a study abroad program in the Gulf region recently commented on LinkedIn that when students were asked: “What were your expectations before the trip?,” their responses generally were: “I thought it was going to be a vacation,” or “I thought there was going to be more down time.” The perception that study abroad falls solely within the tourism or leisure travel sector is present in some…

On the Mission of the University

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
When I attended grad school in the late 60s, the student protest movement against the Vietnam War largely pushed those of us interested in working in higher education administration to [re]examine the mission or purpose of the university.  The draft meant that you HAD to think about why you were in college since it was literally a lottery as to whether or not you could graduate and start a career or see what was out there…

Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students & Employers

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
On the NAFSA: Association of International Educators blog page, I wrote:  http://blog.nafsa.org/2015/04/24/closing-the-expectation-gap-between-students-employers/ Overview of results from a January 2015 survey by the Association of American Colleges & Universities pointing to need for all campuses to creatively innovate and create a campus culture fully integrating career development with curricular offerings and with co-curricular opportunities – like study abroad and international internships. 

What is the purpose of a “higher”education in the 21st century?

A UK perspective, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/its-time-rethink-what-social-mobility-means, by Graeme Atherton: head of AccessHE and director of the National Education Opportunities Network. His new book, The Success Paradox: why we need a holistic theory of social mobility, is published by Polity Press. He writes: “Concentrating solely on economic progression is pushing social mobility into a corner, and may be doing as much harm as good. Social mobility is in essence about what you think success is. The big issues that are coming to dominate the early []

Intelligence is NOT Enough

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m going to try to pull together my thoughts this day following on the horrific attacks in Paris. I’ve been an international educator for over 40 years. I’ve had to make sense of 60s student protests, the Vietnam War, the assasinations of two Kennedy brothers, of M.L King, of  the murders of Israeli athletes in Munich, of two intifadas, of apartheid, of 9-11, of the deaths in Iraq & Afghanistan, of a sniper randomly killing citizens in…

Why Don’t Students Understand The Linkage Between Study Abroad & Employability?

The short answer is–I don’t know and I’m not sure there are easy ways to expain why. Last week, along with my colleague, Dr. Vera Chapman, Associate Director of Career Services at Colgate University, we conducted a webinar for NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) with participants from a diverse group working in career service offices at 71 colleges and universities (public, private, small, large, urban amd rural and in all regions of the country). When asked if their students understood []

The Art of Being Human & “Value” of a College Education

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This essay is a time-out for me.  I’ve been speaking about the need for students to become more savvy about how to link their international education experiences to their aspirations for employment for a long time.  Titles in this blog reflect that quite clearly. And I know that many of my colleagues are very concerned about the need for their campuses to do a better job about preparing their students to enter the workforce. In the…

Higher Education and the Employability Agenda – A Global Perspective

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Dr. Cheryl Matherly and I have co-authored a chapter (Part Two, Chapter 16) on this topic in the just released Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance.  You can review the book’s contents and see all contributors at – http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/The-Palgrave-International-Handbook-of-Higher-Education-Policy-and-Governance/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137456168  This link only provides you a look at the diversity of contributors and the table of contents. It is expensive, unfortunately; but I’d be glad to try to reply to specific questions. We examine the…

Looking Ahead — The Discourse of Internationalization of Career Services in German Universities: Part III

In this closing blog in a series of three posts by Jerome Rickmann, he outlines a unique effort in the EU to create a European Centre for Career Development & Entrepreneurship. I’m grateful for this extended discussion by Jerome about the role of career service offices in German universities and their contribution to internationalization of their higher education institutions.  There is, unfortunately, no corresponding effort in the U.S. to unify and share university career development resources. With rare exceptions, this is also []

Black Students Studying Abroad & “The Next Great Migration”

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This may be the most controversial title & theme I’ve ever written about. But it is not my idea, rather, it is the title of an op-ed in the Sunday New York Times of March 1, 2015, by Thomas Chatterton Williams:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/opinion/sunday/the-next-great-migration.html?_r=0 Williams is an African-American ex-pat who writes from Paris.  The gist of his essay has to do with his outrage over “the extrajudicial police killings of black men and women across America.”  And he asks…


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Marty has been a strong thought partner on the issue of education abroad and student career development. As an employer interested in hiring graduates with an international mindset, it was helpful to liaise with Marty and consider the bridge between the study abroad experience and the skill sets of the global professional. He’s become a leader in this space, as evidenced by his extensive involvement with NAFSA on this issue and his numerous publications on the topic.

Simon Kho

Global Head, Corporate & Investment Bank Campus Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Marty is doing an exceptional job at keeping education abroad professionals like me informed about, not just career trends, but about the need to link career and academics.

His posts and guides have been pivotal in making me understand the importance of incorporating career development elements into our international programs. They have also empowered me to make those changes. I attribute a significant part of our success in increasing study abroad enrollment to Marty’s advocacy.

Paloma Rodriguez

Coordinator of International Education, Santa Fe College

 

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