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 []

News Flash: New Economy Will Not Embrace Entitlement

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
The title of this post is a paraphrase of a quote by Phil Gardner, director of the Michigan State Collegiate Employment Research Institute, in a piece in the Nov. 20 Chronicle of Higher Education by Justin Doubleday (only viewable by subscribers). All of us know the national job market is better than it was a few years ago and that the rate of unemployment has come down (although we still have too many people unemployed).  And…

How Studying Abroad Boosts Employability of Students with Disabilities

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
MIUSA,,  has played an important and singular role in widening awareness of and supporting opportunity for those with disabilities to participate in education abroad programs. Guest Post by Michele Scheib Mobility International USA One of the disability community’s top priorities is how to improve employment outcomes. People with disabilities complete college at a statistically significant lower rate than people without disabilities, and those who do complete college have a persistently lower rate of employment irrespective 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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