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 []

Resources for Campus Internationalization

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
While I have found no causal connection  between campuses with strong internationalization policies and robust practices when it comes to linking study abroad & career service offices to advise students on their study abroad decision-making, this portal provides an important compendium of resource links for review: http://campusinternationalization.org/ On the other hand, it is more likely that campuses with strong leadership advocating for internationalization of their campus will, of necessity, support active engagement by faculty and administrators in…

Is College the Wrong Place to Prepare for Work?

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m thinking about this question as the Chronicle of Higher Education writes about a piece reviewed in the NY Times:   http://chronicle.com/blogs/next/2013/02/21/are-career-oriented-majors-a-waste-of-a-4-year-higher-education/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en One-third of  new programs [created at four year institutions] in the last decade were added in just two broad fields: health professions (where credential inflation is rampant) and military technologies/applied sciences (probably a reaction to the September 11th attacks). The 1990s saw similar growth in the number of majors. Indeed, nearly four in 10…

That Includes Me

Originally posted on iEARN-USA:
The real value of study abroad isn’t that it can transform individual lives, it’s that study abroad can transform all of our lives. Study abroad transforms lives by increasing awareness and empathy. Successful programs, like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, begin this transformation during the pre-departure orientations. YES students coming from 40 countries with significant Muslim populations to the United States for an exchange experience are well prepared. Their orientation topics have included: how to be…

Plenary Connections: Shiza Shahid

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog:
Recently, NAFSA announced that Shiza Shahid, co-founder and ambassador of the Malala Fund as a plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Shahid has been an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of girls through increased access to education ever since she was a young woman growing up in Pakistan. The importance of the cause that Ms. Shahid is championing may seem self-evident to most of us living in the…

Number of Vietnamese students abroad up 15% in 2013

Originally posted on An International Educator in Viet Nam:
ICEF Monitor (4 November 2014) We have published two significant updates on Vietnam over the past 18 months. The first, a guest post from market specialist and international educator Dr Mark Ashwill, provides a strong foundation in the important trends and conditions that have shaped the Vietnamese education market in recent years. A second post, “Spotlight on Vietnam: quality issues, demand for study abroad and graduate employability,” offers updated information on outbound student…

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

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 monograph on Campus Best Practices Supporting []

Got competencies? Better than getting good grades?

My collection of articles, reports and surveys about the alignment of the global higher education system and the workplace never remains static. The attention on figuring out how to reduce youth un and under-employment remains a constant source of analysis and a sustaining topic at conferences on all continents. And why not?  This lengthy report in the World Financial Review is a comprehensive compendium of the data and bleak situation facing youth (focused on Europe): http://www.worldfinancialreview.com/?p=598#.VrFkoVCAMeuE.email. “In 2013, eight million young Europeans – []

Career “Readiness” & Workforce Development

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m very interested in efforts to link career training with community-based organizations, industry and community colleges.  I believe the Obama administration is making an important contribution in its focus on community colleges for this reason.  These two stories describe creative approaches to closing the skills gap for low income and minority communities in PA and MN: In PA, the Highmark company is providing $2 million in funding to 25 organizations across the state for career development and…

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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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