Category: Education Abroad & Global Workforce Development

Study Abroad & Employment

Thanks to Nancy Ericksen, Assistant Director for Study Abroad, Trinity University for compiling this eclectic list of publications, blog posts and campus programs when recently polling NAFSA colleagues about resources on study abroad & employment [also see my article, “The Right Tool for the Job” in the… Continue Reading “Study Abroad & Employment”

U.S. Employers Need to Become Pro-active in Assisting Workers Upgrade Skills

This interesting study reveals that no matter how well prepared employees believe they are as a result of being hired, they cannot count on their employer to do a good job of providing on-the-job skills training which would create conditions for promotion and advancement.… Continue Reading “U.S. Employers Need to Become Pro-active in Assisting Workers Upgrade Skills”

QS 2011 Global Employer Survey: “How” They Value International Experience

I attended a fascinating and important session which discussed this incredibly large-scale survey of employers at recent AIEA conference in DC.  You can read the full findings at:  http://content.qs.com/qs/qs-global-employer-survey-2011.pdf  There is a useful brief overview of past research – incomplete but representative – on… Continue Reading “QS 2011 Global Employer Survey: “How” They Value International Experience”

International Volunteer Service: Good Intentions Are Not Enough

This CHE Commentary is a useful summary of the challenges and obstacles of conceiving and implementing service-learning programs.  As someone involved in the creation of the first nonprofit organization sponsoring S-L programs, the Partnership for Service-Learning, circa 1980, the issues addressed here are not new.… Continue Reading “International Volunteer Service: Good Intentions Are Not Enough”

US & Canadian Employers Value [selected…] UK Degrees

http://usablog.britishcouncil.org/?p=1068:  from blogger for the British Council: The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority of hiring managers (73%!) view UK degrees as “the same or better than those earned in the US.”  The same or better!  That is a whole-hearted endorsement of a UK… Continue Reading “US & Canadian Employers Value [selected…] UK Degrees”

Canadian Community Colleges Successfully Lead to Employability

This article in the Washington post presents a stark contrast between our two nations with regard to the role of community colleges in preparing students for entry into the workforce:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/canadian-2-year-colleges-show-path-to-jobs/2012/01/25/gIQAkhtZaQ_story.html “Hugely popular for emphasizing practical skills that lead directly to careers, community colleges —… Continue Reading “Canadian Community Colleges Successfully Lead to Employability”

Book Review in International Educator

You can find my reviews in the International Educator magazine several times a year:  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120102/index.php#/22 .  This one is on integrating study abroad into the curriculum.  The book challenges the traditional orthodoxy that study abroad, in and of itself, completes a campus strategy for internationalization.

Greek Economic Crisis Impacts Student Mobility

We have a sweet spot in our heart for Greece- our daughter studied abroad with College Year in Athens her Junior year at Penn.  The gut-wrenching economic crisis has created tremendous unrest and hardship. And it has dramatically altered the future for Greek students:… Continue Reading “Greek Economic Crisis Impacts Student Mobility”

China to Evaluate College Majors by Employability Rates

In this post to the Wall Street Journal – http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/11/23/china-to-cancel-college-majors-that-dont-pay – we learn that China’s solution to the nagging issue of growing unemployment of college grads is simple: assess which majors do best in realizing employment for grads.  Keep those and cancel the rest!  China’s numbers… Continue Reading “China to Evaluate College Majors by Employability Rates”

“Cultural distance” Presents Problem in Finding Talent for MNCs in China

This interesting post from Wharton – http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=2903 – highlights the gap between the expansion of multinationals in China and the capacity of China’s education system (and ours) to prepare young professionals to meet the challenges of working in the country.  The good news is the growth… Continue Reading ““Cultural distance” Presents Problem in Finding Talent for MNCs in China”

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