Conflict at Work? Use Pre-departure Wisdom to Guide Your Next Move

September 07, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Martin

Are you in conflict at your office? We’ve all been there. Something got unexpectedly pushed onto our plate, something was said, someone clammed up, someone lashed out, something got dropped, someone was overlooked, something went unnoticed, etc. And, we take offense.... See More

Using NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies for Team Development and Hiring Purposes: Part 2

August 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

Earlier this year, I kicked off this two-part blog series examining how NAFSA’s International Education (IE) Professional Competencies can be used for team development and hiring with a post providing background about the competencies and asking IE supervisors and hiring managers to provide feedback (via online survey) on how they are using the competencies in their own work.

Additionally, during the NAFSA 2016 conference in Denver, I led a presentation in the NAFSA 2016 Career Center considering how the competencies can be used as a tool to assess team skills, strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in order to assist with the professional development of current staff and to plan for future hiring searches. My goal with each was to engage with as many people as possible about how they have used the tool within their own offices. Here’s what I learned.

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Breaking into Education Abroad

May 27, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Brad Sekulich

A career in study abroad was not on my radar when I was an undergraduate student, or even for some time after that. The path that has brought me to the field of education abroad--my chosen field for almost 20 years now--has been very interesting and one I never would have anticipated.... See More

Using Social Media to Enhance Career Development

May 26, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Tiffany Harrison and Kayla Patterson

With the NAFSA annual conference just around the corner, we’d like to talk about the importance of getting social. More specifically, we’re referring to the use of social media to enhance your career and professional development. As we’ve stated previously, merging your offline and online networking together is integral to how you market yourself. To give you a better sense as to why your online profile has become increasingly valuable, we’re covering some of the key questions we’ve received as social media advocates, and discussing what it means for you as an international educator.... See More

We Are Not Our Name Cards

May 20, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Patricia Jones

When I got my first business card, I was so excited. Here at last was proof that I was a recognized professional in a position of authority in international education. I could exchange it with my peers, provide it to my students, and present it to individuals from around the world. This was validation of who I was.

For years, I carried it proudly in my card case. It was a part of my personal identification. But then came the day that it no longer defined me. I was retiring.

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Choosing a Graduate Degree Program in International Education

May 13, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Katherine Punteney

The Forum on Education Abroad reports that 87 percent of its members hold a master’s degree or higher, and the Association for International Education Administrators found that 81 percent of senior international officers hold doctoral degrees. It seems like everyone you have met has told you that you need a graduate degree to move up in the field. So you decide to take the plunge and apply for a graduate degree program in international education. The dilemma now is choosing the right program. How can you tell what the program will be like and what it can offer you?... See More

Is There a Creativity Crisis in International Education?

May 05, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Martin

Is international education experiencing a creativity crisis? My team and I have been on a “listening tour” of sorts with international educators and students for the past 2 years as we build new human-centered software for education abroad. In that time, I’ve been quite struck by the overwhelming sentiment from international educators at all levels that there’s very little room for creativity in higher education today. ... See More