Why Don’t Students Understand The Linkage Between Study Abroad & Employability?

The short answer is–I don’t know and I’m not sure there are easy ways to expain why. Last week, along with my colleague, Dr. Vera Chapman, Associate Director of Career Services at Colgate University, we conducted a webinar for NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) with participants from a diverse group working in career service offices at 71 colleges and universities (public, private, small, large, urban amd rural and in all regions of the country). When asked if their students understood []

The Art of Being Human & “Value” of a College Education

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This essay is a time-out for me.  I’ve been speaking about the need for students to become more savvy about how to link their international education experiences to their aspirations for employment for a long time.  Titles in this blog reflect that quite clearly. And I know that many of my colleagues are very concerned about the need for their campuses to do a better job about preparing their students to enter the workforce. In the…

Higher Education and the Employability Agenda – A Global Perspective

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Dr. Cheryl Matherly and I have co-authored a chapter (Part Two, Chapter 16) on this topic in the just released Palgrave International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance.  You can review the book’s contents and see all contributors at – http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/The-Palgrave-International-Handbook-of-Higher-Education-Policy-and-Governance/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137456168  This link only provides you a look at the diversity of contributors and the table of contents. It is expensive, unfortunately; but I’d be glad to try to reply to specific questions. We examine the…

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 their higher education institutions.  There is, unfortunately, no corresponding effort in the U.S. to unify and share university career development resources. With rare exceptions, this is also []

Black Students Studying Abroad & “The Next Great Migration”

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This may be the most controversial title & theme I’ve ever written about. But it is not my idea, rather, it is the title of an op-ed in the Sunday New York Times of March 1, 2015, by Thomas Chatterton Williams:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/opinion/sunday/the-next-great-migration.html?_r=0 Williams is an African-American ex-pat who writes from Paris.  The gist of his essay has to do with his outrage over “the extrajudicial police killings of black men and women across America.”  And he asks…

Internationalization of Career Services at German Universities: Part II of III

Guest post by Jerome Rickmann https://de.linkedin.com/in/jérôme-rickmann-4b992354/en  Director, International Talent Acquisition & Project Development EBC Hochschule (a private multi-campus business school in Berlin) In my last guest post, I described how German higher education institutions approach the internationalization of their career services mainly from an inbound perspective. So how about the outbound perspective? What can a student expect, when looking for an internship position or job outside of Germany? How are German universities preparing students to become a part of the global workforce? []

Tap Minority Serving Institutions to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad

I’m very pleased to have Dr. Gasman provide her insights on an issue which has bedeviled the international education field for decades.  We have been well aware of the huge racial disparity among students who have the opportunity to study abroad – and despite the best intentions of both academic institutions and “provider” organizations, the numbers have only moved the needle of equality a tiny percent.  But the new model partnership between the Penn Center and CIEE described here is promising. If []

A Global Kumbaya Moment: “We’ve Got the Whole World at University…Is It Worth It?

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Leave it to those UK editors at The Economist!  The special report in the March 28 issue: http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21646985-american-model-higher-education-spreading-it-good-producing-excellence is an excellent overview , on a global scale, of the impact of massification of the higher education industry. While crediting the U.S. and our research university system for launching the globalization of higher ed, they ask the $64,000 question: is it – or has it been – worth the investment of resources?  Yes, the “return” on this investment is…

2015 Blog Stats In Review

I’d like to express my appreciation to those of you – from almost 100 nations- who stopped by the blog to read and reflect for a few minutes…It’s been a tumultuous year on many continents – a year with far too much violence (is there ever one without?).   Going forward, I’m particularly concerned about the refugee crisis in Europe and its long-term impact on the education systems of so many nations given the large number of children and youth who have []


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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