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Campuses Playing the “Long Game” – or Redefining the Importance of Student Employability

November 5, 2018

I shouldn’t be surprised that opening up yesterday’s Sunday New York Times Learning section, I’d find a story titled, “Playing the Long Game” – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/education/learning/colleges-universities-career-services.html – about how “more” [how many was not part of this story] campuses are “finding ways to connect students with career services early on. A trend is a trend if… Read More ›

Research Finds Campus Career Services Valued Mostly by Minority/First Gen/Nontraditional Students

Findings from a 2017 Strada-Gallup student survey provide a perspective on which students appear to derive the most benefit from their campus career service offices: http://stradaeducation.gallup.com/reports/225161/2017-strada-gallup-college-student-survey.aspx   The survey results are based on responses from over 32,000 currently enrolled students at 43 public and private four-year institutions. A critical factor impacting a students’ decision to go to college… Read More ›

“Top Concerns” of Institutional Members of Forum on Education Abroad in 2017 “Survey of the Field” (…and mine)

Here is the survey: https://forumea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ForumEA-State-of-the-Field-18-web-version.pdf What I found of interest – and much concern- was the finding that only 17% of respondents are “very concerned” about career integration; and 25% are, in fact, “neutral” about this as a concern.  I’m not sure what the meaning of neutral might be, however, it obviously could mean that this cohort… Read More ›

Maximize the Impact of International Experience via Purposeful Career Integration on Campus

My colleagues at The Learning Abroad Center on the University of Minnesota campus have announced plans for the third conference on the important and essential topic of career integration to be held in Washington D.C., August 8-10, 2018.  The theme of the 2018 conference, “Leveraging Partnerships,” examines how connections between study abroad and career services… Read More ›

A Resource Bibliography: Linking Education Abroad to Employability

This is an updated bibliography of my published work on this topic within the past five years.  I’ve presented on these topics at NAFSA, the CAPA & UMN Career Integration Conference and shortly, at the second IIE Generation Abroad Summit. The two textbook chapters contain very extensive citations of international resources covering this topic and… Read More ›

Are we beyond “it was great”?

I’m pleased to share this guest post by Jessica Miller, on a topic which has often been discussed here. The difference is that Jessica is , as she says, a young grad and new to the international education field.  Her comments are instructive for students starting on campus this Fall or who are preparing for… Read More ›

Dive Into Selected NAFSA Blogs & Presentations on Career Integration, Employability & Best Practice Campus Advising

I wanted to make it easy to tap into some of my recent work, so here’s a link to several short blogs and other pieces of work I’ve done for NAFSA: Association of International Educators: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nafsa-professional-development-resources-martin-tillman?trk=prof-post I welcome your comments !

Elon University’s Purposeful Plan to Link Education Abroad & Student Career Development

I’m pleased to share this guest post by Kristen Aquilino, International Career Fellow in the Elon Student Professional Development Center.   Elon is one of the many campuses I cite in my publication for AIFS: “Campus Best Practices Supporting Education Abroad & Student Career Development (2014):  http://www.aifsabroad.com/advisors/pdf/Tillman_AIFS_Campus_Best_Practices.pdf _________________ Elon University’s Strategic Plan highlights eight main priorities, each… Read More ›

Looking Ahead — The Discourse of Internationalization of Career Services in German Universities: Part III

In this closing blog in a series of three posts by Jerome Rickmann, he outlines a unique effort in the EU to create a European Centre for Career Development & Entrepreneurship. I’m grateful for this extended discussion by Jerome about the role of career service offices in German universities and their contribution to internationalization of… Read More ›

How Study Abroad Supports Graduate Employability

We’ve recently witnessed a spate of new books authored by policy wonks which aim to re-examine the mission of the university in the United States and whether we need to “unbundle” how we educate students. Their titles are provocative, like The End of College, and they consider rising tuition and debt which burden large numbers of students and their families. Although we’ve left the worst of the recession behind us –especially with a sharp rebound in the unemployment figures which always favor job seekers with college diplomas – there is a lot of attention being given to new thinking regarding the linkage of higher education to the global workforce and the so-called “return on investment” of a college education….