Erasmus “Impact Study” Confirms Boost in Employability & Job Mobility- Who Gains?

On its face, this new research study affirms the importance of the scheme for student career development and their short-term employability: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-534_en.htm. My colleagues in the U.S. often ask me to cite research which does support – i.e, “justifies – the emphasis I place on linking the value-added of study abroad to a students’ entry into the workforce.  And so here is precisely a set of outcomes we expect to see: 85% of Erasmus students study or train abroad to enhance their employability []

Ebola, Justice, and Liberia’s New Fight

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab. This post was originally published by Huffington Post. In May, I moved to Liberia — a country with which I have close personal ties and with which I became deeply acquainted while researching its history for my Master’s thesis — for a job with the Accountability Lab. I was highly excited. I never imagined the devastating extent to which I would witness firsthand how Liberia’s difficult past shapes the numerous challenges it continues…

On the Mission of the University

When I attended grad school in the late 60s, the student protest movement against the Vietnam War largely pushed those of us interested in working in higher education administration to [re]examine the mission or purpose of the university.  The draft meant that you HAD to think about why you were in college since it was literally a lottery as to whether or not you could graduate and start a career or see what was out there in the workforce -or go fight []

News Flash: New Economy Will Not Embrace Entitlement

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
The title of this post is a paraphrase of a quote by Phil Gardner, director of the Michigan State Collegiate Employment Research Institute, in a piece in the Nov. 20 Chronicle of Higher Education by Justin Doubleday (only viewable by subscribers). All of us know the national job market is better than it was a few years ago and that the rate of unemployment has come down (although we still have too many people unemployed).  And…

How Studying Abroad Boosts Employability of Students with Disabilities

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
MIUSA,  http://www.miusa.org,  has played an important and singular role in widening awareness of and supporting opportunity for those with disabilities to participate in education abroad programs. Guest Post by Michele Scheib Mobility International USA One of the disability community’s top priorities is how to improve employment outcomes. People with disabilities complete college at a statistically significant lower rate than people without disabilities, and those who do complete college have a persistently lower rate of employment irrespective of…

Building a Foundation for Peace One Friendship at a Time

Now that the Israeli government and the Palestinians have reached a deal to cease hostility, I thought it would be timely to share this op ed from the NY Times on “Peace Through Friendship,” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/opinion/sunday/peace-through-friendship.html?_r=0.   A simple title, a very complex political conflict. And yet, the research reported (by two profs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business) affirms what we would want and hope to believe –that “forming a relationship with even just one person from the other side []

Students Do Not Connect Study Abroad Experience to Employability & Employers Expect Higher Education Institutions to Help Make the Connection

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Two  recent surveys help explain the quandry employers have found themselves in for several years when it comes to the mismatch between their need for talent and the recent graduates they interview, who may have international experience on their resumes, but who cannot make a solid connection between being abroad and the competencies which the employer values in a new hire.  This is precisely what I’ve been saying and writing about in recent years.  And it…

Campus Advising Practices Impact How Students Make Sense of Studying Abroad

  With students returning to campus this month, I thought I’d re-publish this post; I hope it might be useful for study abroad advisors and career service staff as they prepare to send off new groups of students to study abroad: AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) has published my new monograph titled, Campus Best Practices Supporting Study Abroad & Student Career Development.  You can download it at http://www.aifsabroad.com/advisors/publications.asp. I spent six months in 2013 researching, contacting and reviewing dozens of U.S. campus []

Life Lessons From Studying Abroad…

The Washington Post magazine recently published, http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/studying-abroad-life-is-the-key-lesson/2014/07/31/c5cdbc3c-06af-11e4-bbf1-cc51275e7f8f_story.html, a wonderful reflective and insightful essay by a Georgetown University student.  It’s about her experience in Seville, Spain and I think it would make a terrific handout for a workshop either before or upon return for any student discussion group. Here’s an example of the students’ insight: “There’s a poem by Gail Mazur called “Why You Travel” that encapsulates why you should study abroad if you have the opportunity. The photographs of you traveling, wherever []


Testimonials from Colleagues

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Marty is doing an exceptional job at keeping education abroad professionals like me informed about, not just career trends, but about the need to link career and academics.

His posts and guides have been pivotal in making me understand the importance of incorporating career development elements into our international programs. They have also empowered me to make those changes. I attribute a significant part of our success in increasing study abroad enrollment to Marty’s advocacy.

Paloma Rodriguez

Coordinator of International Education, Santa Fe College

 

I’ve collaborated with Martin for many years on projects examining the relationship between education abroad and career development.

Marty was one of the pioneers in this area, distinguishing himself as a prolific writer and presenter before this became a popular topic. He is nationally recognized for his expertise on global workforce issues, and his time with SAIS provides him a unique perspective about the employment market. I highly recommend Marty as a consultant and project advisor.

Cheryl Matherly

Vice President/Vice Provost for International Affairs, Lehigh University

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