Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reporting on IFC conference on private education, “Making Global Connections,” University World News offers glimpse of growing efforts to bridge employer needs for talent with innovative private sector education initiatives. The article states: Some “30% of employers globally say they do not find enough people for the jobs that they have,” Gassan Al-Kibsi, managing partner at McKinsey and Company in Saudi Arabia, told the IFC’s conference on private education held in Dubai from 6-8 March. Top-up courses for…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt. By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia, where the Lab also works, the same percentage is under 15 years old. Governments and researchers have long been concerned by the political and security implications of…

Youth Unemployment – A Global Crisis

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reading this blog post on World Bank site,, I was struck that the problem, the actors involved, and the solutions – all were as applicable to the youth unemployment problem in the United States as in the developing world (the ostensible aim of the dialogue held at the Bank during their meetings in DC earlier this month). “The Bank-sponsored session demonstrated a consensus around the need to promote market-based solutions so young people gain the life…

Some College Can Be Worse Than None

This story in the Wall Street Journal,,   was troubling to read; and the headline did not at first appear to make sense. But, the stats point to a very troubling issue in our higher education system – one which I usually thought of only as a problem in our high schools.  And this is the growing number of students who do not complete college.. “Nearly one-third of students who started college in 2012 did not return to a U.S. school the []

Colleges Get Career-Minded: Some View Issue of Employability as “Mission-Critical”

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This story in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention: .  The thrust is that the transformative [my word] economic downturn has forced colleges -especially those with a liberal arts curriculum at the core of their mission- to consider and/or devise coursework and programs tied to practical workplace-related experience.  Or said in another way, “blending liberal and applied learning.”  Are we supposed to be shocked with the very idea that institutions should be concerned with…

Matching Student Expectations to Global Workforce

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
See my new blog posted to the global dialogue page for the European Association of International Education at: As higher education has become a globalized industry, it should be easier to embrace more creative partnerships with businesses that must compete in a global economy. Finding the right points of intersection for students requires institutions to do a better job of assisting students to interpret and articulate the value of their international experiences to employers….

New Guide to Assist Students Understand Career Impact of Studying Abroad

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Taken from a NAFSA webinar, Helping Students Translate ‘Study Abroad’ for the Job Search, in Spring 2013, which had close to 1,000 participants; go to for a free download.   There were three of us who  teamed up to create this Guide and conduct the webinar: I worked with Vera Chapman at Colgate (in career services) and Curtiss Stevens (in study abroad) at the University of Texas at Austin. We crafted an integrated approach which may…

Erasmus “Impact Study” Confirms Boost in Employability & Job Mobility- Who Gains?

On its face, this new research study affirms the importance of the scheme for student career development and their short-term employability: My colleagues in the U.S. often ask me to cite research which does support – i.e, “justifies – the emphasis I place on linking the value-added of study abroad to a students’ entry into the workforce.  And so here is precisely a set of outcomes we expect to see: 85% of Erasmus students study or train abroad to enhance their employability []

Ebola, Justice, and Liberia’s New Fight

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab. This post was originally published by Huffington Post. In May, I moved to Liberia — a country with which I have close personal ties and with which I became deeply acquainted while researching its history for my Master’s thesis — for a job with the Accountability Lab. I was highly excited. I never imagined the devastating extent to which I would witness firsthand how Liberia’s difficult past shapes the numerous challenges it continues…

On the Mission of the University

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 in the workforce -or go fight []

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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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