Musings & Comments About Value of International Education and Coping With Uncertainty

Over the years, I’ve regularly commented about what others have written online in essays or blog posts… here are a few selected statements which reflect my point of view: “…there are very few campuses in the country [the U.S.] whose study abroad or career service offices are equipped to provide the kind of [integrated] advising and oversight of learning outcomes at each stage of student decision-making and participation in study abroad.”  (My research for the 2014 monograph on Campus Best Practices Supporting []

Got competencies? Better than getting good grades?

My collection of articles, reports and surveys about the alignment of the global higher education system and the workplace never remains static. The attention on figuring out how to reduce youth un and under-employment remains a constant source of analysis and a sustaining topic at conferences on all continents. And why not?  This lengthy report in the World Financial Review is a comprehensive compendium of the data and bleak situation facing youth (focused on Europe): “In 2013, eight million young Europeans – []

Career “Readiness” & Workforce Development

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m very interested in efforts to link career training with community-based organizations, industry and community colleges.  I believe the Obama administration is making an important contribution in its focus on community colleges for this reason.  These two stories describe creative approaches to closing the skills gap for low income and minority communities in PA and MN: In PA, the Highmark company is providing $2 million in funding to 25 organizations across the state for career development and…

Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reporting on IFC conference on private education, “Making Global Connections,” University World News offers glimpse of growing efforts to bridge employer needs for talent with innovative private sector education initiatives. The article states: Some “30% of employers globally say they do not find enough people for the jobs that they have,” Gassan Al-Kibsi, managing partner at McKinsey and Company in Saudi Arabia, told the IFC’s conference on private education held in Dubai from 6-8 March. Top-up courses for…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt. By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia, where the Lab also works, the same percentage is under 15 years old. Governments and researchers have long been concerned by the political and security implications of…

Youth Unemployment – A Global Crisis

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reading this blog post on World Bank site,, I was struck that the problem, the actors involved, and the solutions – all were as applicable to the youth unemployment problem in the United States as in the developing world (the ostensible aim of the dialogue held at the Bank during their meetings in DC earlier this month). “The Bank-sponsored session demonstrated a consensus around the need to promote market-based solutions so young people gain the life…

Some College Can Be Worse Than None

This story in the Wall Street Journal,,   was troubling to read; and the headline did not at first appear to make sense. But, the stats point to a very troubling issue in our higher education system – one which I usually thought of only as a problem in our high schools.  And this is the growing number of students who do not complete college.. “Nearly one-third of students who started college in 2012 did not return to a U.S. school the []

Colleges Get Career-Minded: Some View Issue of Employability as “Mission-Critical”

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This story in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention: .  The thrust is that the transformative [my word] economic downturn has forced colleges -especially those with a liberal arts curriculum at the core of their mission- to consider and/or devise coursework and programs tied to practical workplace-related experience.  Or said in another way, “blending liberal and applied learning.”  Are we supposed to be shocked with the very idea that institutions should be concerned with…

Matching Student Expectations to Global Workforce

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
See my new blog posted to the global dialogue page for the European Association of International Education at: As higher education has become a globalized industry, it should be easier to embrace more creative partnerships with businesses that must compete in a global economy. Finding the right points of intersection for students requires institutions to do a better job of assisting students to interpret and articulate the value of their international experiences to employers….

New Guide to Assist Students Understand Career Impact of Studying Abroad

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Taken from a NAFSA webinar, Helping Students Translate ‘Study Abroad’ for the Job Search, in Spring 2013, which had close to 1,000 participants; go to for a free download.   There were three of us who  teamed up to create this Guide and conduct the webinar: I worked with Vera Chapman at Colgate (in career services) and Curtiss Stevens (in study abroad) at the University of Texas at Austin. We crafted an integrated approach which may…

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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