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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:

Learning Portfolios: Perspectives from Associate Dean, Dr. Lynn Wooten

Lynn Wooten, Associate Dean, Ross School of Business, learning portfoliosIntegrative Knowledge / Learning Portfolios at the Ross School of Business

We count ourselves as pretty lucky to get to learn from the best at the University of Michigan.

Just the other week, we invited Dr. Lynn Wooten, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, to kick off our Seelio team retreat with her perspective on learning portfolios.

She has been integrating portfolios into coursework at the Ross School of Business for the past few years as a way to help students take knowledge from tacit (something they learn in the classroom) to explicit (something they can apply in real life).

Action-Based Learning Pyramid, Learning Portfolios

Dr. Wooten’s goals for action-based learning

Learning Portfolios in the Classroom

In Dr. Wooten’s curriculum, learning portfolios enable students to create a professional, digital identity where they develop: