First written in 2016, I’ve decided to edit this piece and add a more nuanced perspective due to new research discovered this past year collaborating on a new book chapter on employability (referenced in this new version).
The nuance surrounds my early full-on embrace of the correlation between studying abroad and student employability. The correlation remains strong, however, I failed to point out several critical factors which impact this relationship. Not least of which has to do with what my European colleagues refer to as “selectivity.” By this they mean the well known fact that most students who do go abroad are white and privileged by either their socio-economic background, race or gender.
So let me know what you think: