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How to Impress Employers with Your Study Abroad Experience

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Are you struggling to understand how your study abroad can help you stand out in your job search, or how to talk about it with employers? Your experience abroad can be a big asset when you’re applying for jobs and internships. But what do employers see as the value of your study abroad experience?

To answer this question, the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University reached out to employers to find out what differentiated recent hires with international experience from those without international experience. From their research, more than 50% of the employers surveyed reported that recent hires with international experience excelled in these three areas:

  • Interacting with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
  • Understanding cultural differences in the workplace
  • Adapting to situations of change

Additionally, 45% of these employers said that hires with international experience also excelled in gaining new knowledge from experiences.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

Employers recognize that your study abroad has given you valuable skills. But there’s a catch. In order for your experience abroad to help you in your job search, you first need to clearly understand what you got out of the experience, and how it can be an asset in the workplace.

Here are 3 steps to help:

3 Reasons to Start Your Portfolio Freshman Year

As the semester comes to a close, it’s a great time to step back and think about projects or experiences you’ve had that could be great additions to your portfolio. While you might think portfolio building is only important for juniors and seniors, it’s actually a great thing to start right at the beginning of your college of experience so you can build up a showcase of your skills and experiences throughout college. Check out this advice from USA Today about 3 Steps to Build a Winning College Portfolio:

“Begin working on your portfolio during your freshman year of college, and continue adding to it each year. Besides making it easier to keep track of and organize your work in a chronological manner, organizing your portfolio by year shows a progression over time. Potential employers and graduate school admissions officers tend to seek out candidates who show incremental improvement in their skills and abilities, so having a portfolio that is organized in such a manner is likely to give you a leg up on your competition.”

Three more reasons to start your portfolio freshman year or sophomore year:

Pharmacy School Interview Tips from a Student Who Got In

Tips to Ace a Program Interview for Your Major

Does your program require an interview in order for you to proceed in your major? We’ve met a number of students who need to apply to be officially accepted into their final program of study. Their biggest question: how do I set myself apart and make sure I get in?

Good news! Patrick Ryan, one of our Seelio Student Ambassadors at the University of Toledo, reached out to a student who just went through the application process to get into UT’s Pharm.D. program.

Daniel Arendt University of Toledo StudentHe set up an interview with Daniel Arendt, Pharm.D. class of 2018 in UT’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to get his top pharmacy school interview tips. While he shares his experience as a pharmacy student, we captured a summary of his tips below that will be helpful for any major or program that requires an interview.

See what he had to say!