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

May 02, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

As one whose international education (IE) career is usually focused on helping rising professionals plan their future professional development, I recently had the opportunity to consider the opposite side of the coin. I got to see firsthand how NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies can be used as a guide for hiring new colleagues. Using the Competencies for this purpose gave me a chance to consider the breadth of the field of international education from my own vantage point, as well as what it might look like for my team and my potential new colleague.... See More

Why International Education Needs More Innovation

April 26, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon and Steve Moraco

The rise of high-tech startups and other transformative entities have dramatically changed how we do business and live our daily lives over the past decade. Uber changed the way we think about mobility. Airbnb changed the way we travel. Netflix changed how we watch TV. We’ve all seen firsthand how these important startups have fostered innovation and forward thinking. ... See More

Connecting the Dots: How Study Abroad Impacts Employability

April 15, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Marty Tillman

An American expat running a study abroad program in the Gulf region recently commented on LinkedIn that when students were asked: “What were your expectations before the trip?,” their responses generally were: “I thought it was going to be a vacation,” or “I thought there was going to be more down time.” The perception that study abroad falls solely within the tourism or leisure travel sector is present in some experiences. And all too often, students’ cognizance of the relationship between study abroad and employability takes place well after the experience, if at all. ... See More

Advancing Your Career Through Graduate Study

April 06, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen H. Badger, Editor

This month’s Advice From the Field column offers insights from two experienced international education professionals on the career benefits of graduate study. Joan Elias Gore, PhD, senior program development consultant at the Foundation for International Education, and Valerie Woolston, executive director of international initiatives at the University of Maryland Graduate School, share helpful tips for anyone interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level for career advancement.... See More

Spotting Red Flags in the Hiring Process

April 05, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Cynthia Banks

I recall thinking of my next new hire as a “TGO,” or “The Golden Opportunity,” for my organization. I would dream of this new person like a superhero of sorts. Someone who would arrive complete with the skills and finesse to perfectly fit both the job and the company. I couldn’t wait for the day we said “you’re hired!” ... See More

Your Professional Development Road Map

April 01, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

For those of you who are looking to advance your career or start a career, it’s helpful to think about the skills and training you already possess and what you still need to acquire. Add some time and relevant experience to the equation, and you can create your very own professional development road map.... See More

Building Conference Connections

March 25, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Potempa

As the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, networking should always make your to-do list. Networking with other international educators will provide you with some of the best takeaways from the conference; you will increase your knowledge, build your reputation, and expand your sphere of personal and professional connections. Here are some helpful pointers on building and managing the connections you make at NAFSA 2016.... See More

Building Group Consensus

March 14, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen H. Badger, Editor

Welcome to the third edition of Advice From the Field, a monthly online column that offers trusted career and professional development advice for international educators at all levels. This month we get helpful tips from an experienced international education professional on how to build consensus for group decision making.... See More

Build Your Career through Volunteering

December 18, 2015 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen Badger, Editor

Welcome to the first edition of Advice From the Field, a new monthly online column that offers trusted career and professional development advice for international education professionals at all levels. Informed by NAFSA’s Phase II Member Interest Group, each column will explore real questions from NAFSA members in the field looking to further their personal and professional development.... See More