Internationalization of Career Services at German Universities: Part I of III

A Guest Post by Jerome Rickmann Director, International Talent Acquisition & Project Development EBC Hochschule (a private multi-campus business school in Berlin)   I’m very pleased to have Jerome begin a three-part post on internationization of career services at German universities. We met at the European Association of International Education conference in September, 2015, in Glasgow. He and I shared many common concerns about the marginalization of the critical function of career services on campuses, and the need to re-define the work []

Intelligence is NOT Enough

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 Washington,DC and the suburbs, of the []

Higher Education and the Employability Agenda – A Global Perspective

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 term employability and its interpretation by []

Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students and Employers

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog:
By Marty Tillman Even though we finally have good economic news for the Class of 2015, this remains a confusing topic to write about. There is clear evidence of the financial gains for students with BA degrees versus those without the credential, and yet there is also incontrovertible research showing that employers (largely surveyed in the private sector) believe that students are graduating without the skill sets that they need to be hired…

How Study Abroad Supports Graduate Employability

We’ve recently witnessed a spate of new books authored by policy wonks which aim to re-examine the mission of the university in the United States and whether we need to “unbundle” how we educate students. Their titles are provocative, like The End of College, and they consider rising tuition and debt which burden large numbers of students and their families. Although we’ve left the worst of the recession behind us –especially with a sharp rebound in the unemployment figures which always favor job seekers with college diplomas – there is a lot of attention being given to new thinking regarding the linkage of higher education to the global workforce and the so-called “return on investment” of a college education….

On Increasing the Number & Diversity of Students Going Abroad in Future Generations

I’m sure you’re well aware of the ambitious initiative of IIE to support academic institutions in the United States with the goal of doubling the national number of students – from the current 300K to 600K – who study abroad by 2019.  The Institute is sponsoring a “summit” in Fall, 2015 to serve as a catalyst for those institutions who sign up as “partners” – http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/About; to date, there are about 600 partners who have committed to set their own goals towards realizing []

‘American Universities Are Addicted to Chinese Students’

Originally posted on An International Educator in Viet Nam:
A startling number of Chinese students are getting kicked out of American colleges. According to a white paper published by WholeRen, a Pittsburgh-based consultancy, an estimated 8,000 students from China were expelled from universities and colleges across the United States in 2013-4. The vast majority of these students—around 80 percent—were removed due to cheating or failing their classes. As long as universities have existed, students have found a way to get expelled from…

Separate And Unequal Access to Higher Education & Impact on Equal Access to International Education

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This report in the Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2013/08/01/how-to-fight-growing-economic-and-racial-segregation-in-higher-ed/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en is very troubling to me. During the recession,  I’ve had increasing concerns about  the longstanding issue of unequal access to international educational experiences on campuses.  We used to refer to this as a need to focus on “under-represented” populations but this often was a bit vague:  men are in this category, but, most of the time we were really talking about race and not gender equality. And now…

Macroeconomics, Inequality & Study Abroad

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
How do these come together?  I’ve been thinking about this due to the surprising popularity of a new book by Thomas Pinketty called “Capital in the Twenty-first Century.”  While I have not read it, I’ve heard him speak about it and read reviews —bottom line, we are a nation of growing economic inequality and it’s not going away. It’s a structural problem.  We also know about the increasing concern about massive student debt – upwards of…

WHAT DOES RESEARCH HAVE TO DO WITH BUILDING CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION?

Michael is a longtime colleague whose views on the role and function of research not only make sense but seem compelling to me – MJT Guest blog By Michael Smithee President, SmitheeAssociates Website:  http://smitheeassociates.com/   Research rather than opinion Twenty years ago, advancing knowledge in the field of international education was in a nascent stage.  There were very few journals and books that spoke to issues embedded in the field of  international education.  Internationalization was a term that often drew quizzical looks from []


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I came across Martin Tillman’s work regarding the impact of education abroad on career development while conducting my own research toward my doctoral dissertation. I quickly realized that his grounded and highly practical insights and advice would be extremely helpful in my own work as a career counselor at the University of Pennsylvania where I [previously] advised students who are considering or recently returned from study abroad. Upon their return, study abroad participants are almost always quick to say the experience changed them for the better, but they often have difficulty articulating how the knowledge and skills they developed while abroad could prove beneficial in their career development.

I regularly refer students to his “AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad & Career Development,” which is referenced on [the Penn] website, because it is a comprehensive and accessible resource for helping students recognize the connections between their experiences abroad and their career development while offering specific tips for marketing their experience to prospective employers.

Kelly Cleary

Dean of Career and Professional Advising, Haverford College

As I read and collected research based and practical literature I came to appreciate and consult the work of a select group of knowledge producers and thought leaders in the field and Marty Tillman remains on this list….

Marty’s Global Career Compass blog is one of the most valuable and thought-provoking resources I subscribe to in the field today and one that should top the list of education abroad professionals across the globe. In addition to his writings, Marty is also an engaging speaker and presenter and I work to arrange my schedule at conferences so that I can attend his sessions.

David Comp, Associate Director, International Programs, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 

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