CEA Global Education has developed a unique and integrated approach to assist students understand how to “.. examine critical strategies for personal and career success in a global marketplace while evaluating personal skills, interests and strengths. Students learn first-hand what it means to be globally competent through reflection upon the interaction between culture and communication and the global workplace” http://www.gowithcea.com/students/academic/career_development.html
Called the Global Career Development Certificate, I believe it is the only such program offered by a study abroad provider organization. Full disclosure: as a consultant, I helped CEA create its initial career development framework. The program is optional for students on several of their European campuses and is offered for one credit. Like a solid academic course, it outlines expected learning objectives and defines specific competencies as outcomes of the program.
I’ve advocated that such an approach – developed as a fully integrated program of reflective learning in the classroom coupled with opportunities for experiential learning – is the optimal approach to prepare students to make the most of their study abroad experience.
CEA’s purposeful structured learning experience in-country will prepare students to return to campus ready to “unpack” their time abroad. And it will enable students to successfully articulate what they learned in a meaningful way during both informational networking interviews and actual job interviews before they graduate.
For more ideas on preparing students for their study abroad program experience – from a campus perspective – see my AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad and Career Development: