I Owe it All to the Paperclip

May 01, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Erin Hillis

Does this situation sound familiar? You get to your desk one morning and notice an e-mail from your IT team. Sensing trouble, you cautiously open the e-mail and find that your software is about to be upgraded to a newer version. Your heart rate elevates and you groan? choke? throttle something? After all, it seems as though it was only last semester that you'd finally gotten the hang of the update they installed several years ago. ... See More

Easy Ways to Incorporate Google Apps to Make Your Workday More Efficient

April 27, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Elizabeth Mills

Ahhhh, technology. It has the power to make the hardest job tasks disappear with the click of a button. But for those who aren't tech savvy, technology woes can make the easiest of tasks more complicated than need be. Lucky for us, Google has streamlined their available apps to make them useful and, most importantly, user-friendly. Here are some of my favorite Google apps that are worth learning more about and incorporating into your workday.... See More

Closing the Expectation Gap Between Students and Employers

April 24, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Marty Tillman

Even though we finally have good economic news for the Class of 2015, this remains a confusing topic to write about. There is clear evidence of the financial gains for students with BA degrees versus those without the credential, and yet there is also incontrovertible research showing that employers (largely surveyed in the private sector) believe that students are graduating without the skill sets that they need to be hired (especially true in the technical fields).... See More

Do You Speak Millennial? Tech Tips that Resonate for International Programming

April 22, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Melissa Vivian and Alex Paisner

In today's world of international education we spend much of our time with a very important demographic, millennials. From program promotion to onboarding, preparation, and on ground support, there are "old school" and "new school" technology solutions that will resonate, or not, with the students that we work with. Let's take a look at some of the best platforms for reaching students in the manner in which they're accustomed.

First, let's define the term "millennial"

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Your Future in International Education: Goals, Skills, and Graduate Study

April 17, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Sora Friedman

In my current roles as a teacher of international education and a member of the NAFSA Region XI chair stream, I am often asked about the value of an advanced degree for international education (IE) professionals. When does one need a master’s degree? Will it facilitate professional advancement? What value can a doctorate provide and how does the deep dive into a more focused area help in one’s work? This blog will explore these questions, taking into account that there is no one formula that works for everyone.

Do I need a master’s degree to work in the field of international education?

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Failure is Not the Other ‘F’ Word

April 16, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Martin

We train students to learn from failure abroad, while we ourselves are feeling afraid to fail at work. We coach students on how to spot a “teachable moment,” like misspeaking in another language, committing a social blunder, or missing the bus. We tell them how to cope with failure using humor, curiosity, and humility.

Yet where are we, as international educators, given permission to try and fail?

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"Have You Heard of the Case Study Challenge?"

August 20, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Ashley Glenn

It was my first time to the NAFSA annual conference, also my first year in the field, and I traveled to San Diego alone. Attending NAFSA can be overwhelming in the way family reunions show how far your family name extends and how few people you know. Not knowing anyone, it is tempting to stand at the edge of the room, walking in only for hors d’oeuvres (which I did at one of the receptions).... See More

How to Find a Job in International Education Part II: Landing the Job

May 23, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon

Let's set the stage: You have received an e-mail/phone call inviting you to interview with the international education organization of your dreams. While an accomplishment, the most important part is yet to come. You're feeling understandably nervous; you want to prepare for the interview and put your best foot forward. While not a comprehensive list by any means, I hope the advice below will inspire you to be your best self and ace your interview. Good luck!... See More

Five Tips for a Perfect Informational Interview

May 21, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

Did you miss our earlier blog post, "How to Use Networking and Informational Interviews to Start a Career, Further a Career, or Change a Career?" You'll find it here.

As we mentioned in that post, informational interviews can lead to a "foot in the door" when it comes to starting or advancing a career in international education. Now we reveal five tips for a successful informational interview.

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