Lifetime Employment “vs.” Lifetime Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’ve been a longtime user of LinkedIn and consulted on its effective use as a tool in the job search process.  The site is universally – across national borders – seen as an indispensable tool for any professional (whether employed or job seeking).  And so this article reporting an interview with the site’s founder, Reid Hoffman, was intriguing:  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304168904580031461652986300. Hoffman has a way with metaphors and I liked his statement that [private sector] employers, to remain…

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

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 times we’re in, this is, needless []

Black Students Studying Abroad & “The Next Great Migration”

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 why  more black Americans are not []

Current Data on Entering the Workforce Without Critical Skills Valued by Employers

The good news:  yes, the U.S. economy is stronger and continues to add new jobs [in very strategic sectors] at a steady rate each month.  The bad news: stories continue to appear which highlight the dis-connect between employers and students as to whether or not they (students) enter the job market with the type of skill sets they need to be hired (and this mis-match of expectations is wider in specific technical fields such as STEM). For example, see Jeff Selingos’ recent piece []

Inequalities in Global Labor Market-Where Will College-Educated Talent Come From?

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Interesting report from McKinsey Global Institute is cited in this Economist essay: http://www.economist.com/node/21556974. Despite great efforts to improve schools and universities, workers in the emerging world are less educated than those elsewhere. Some 35% in China and a stunning 70% in India have no more than a primary education. Yet this will change: China and India, McKinsey predicts, will be the world’s main source for skilled workers over the next two decades. The two countries alone will…

Access, Innovation, Equality & Social Mobility

I just attended a conference on the theme, “Bridging the growing divide in [U.S.] higher education.”  Topics included, education for upward mobility and what isn’t working; educating for democracy & global competitiveness. Readers of this blog know I’ve been writing on this theme from differing angles over the past three years. Speakers pointed to a new era in the coming 10+ years – in which families and students will sharply sort out their options for selecting a college, and a learning environment, which []

Graduating “Employable” Students

I’ve just completed a new book chapter with Dr. Cheryl Matherly from the University of Tulsa, titled “Higher Education and the Employability Agenda.” It will come out in a textbook sometime this year (Palgrave) on Higher Education Policy and Governance.  We spent many months conducting quite a bit of background research on this topic and looked at material from both North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. If you’re interested at all in reading about youth unemployment – sometimes a euphemism for the []

Musings & Comments About Value of International Education and Coping With Uncertainty

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Over the years, I’ve regularly commented about what others have written online in essays or blog posts… here are a few selected statements which reflect my point of view: “…there are very few campuses in the country [the U.S.] whose study abroad or career service offices are equipped to provide the kind of [integrated] advising and oversight of learning outcomes at each stage of student decision-making and participation in study abroad.”  (My research for the 2014…

2014 Conference Presentations, Blogs & Workshops on Education Abroad & Student Career Development

2014 was a busy year for Global Career Compass!  I was able to address issues on a variety of themes to diverse audiences: NAFSA Annual Conference (http://www.nafsa.org/Attend_Events/): “Linking Education Abroad & Student Career Development: Effective Advising Practices” “21st century Skills & the Workplace: Challenges for Education Abroad Professionals” NAFSA Blogpost (http://blog.nafsa.org/2014/05/08/strengthening-the-campus-study-abroad-advising-process/):  “Strengthening the Study Abroad Advising Process” NAFSA Embassy Dialogue Committee (https://edconeducation.wordpress.com/): “Applying knowledge outside the classroom: What is the regulatory environment of work placements in U.S. & abroad” European Association of []


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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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