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

Listen to Your Mother

June 24, 2015 | Topics: Careers

By Carol Crosby

When I review students’ résumés, I usually find action statements similar to these: manage staff, attend weekly meetings, and tutored students in algebra and calculus. You might say, “What is wrong with this?”

Well, if I am a recruiter and have over 300 résumés to sort through to hire one person, I am not interested in hiring just anyone. I want to hire the one person who will bring their best to the job, the person who will go above and beyond the job description, the person who will give me more than the other 299 applicants.

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How to Increase Innovation in International Education

May 21, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon and Brooke Roberts

Nearly every established organization began as a new, innovative, and sometimes controversial concept. From the dawn of commercial air travel in the 1950s to the development of the Internet in the 1990s, a review of the New York Times archives from those periods will unearth more than a few skeptical editorials about the purpose, value, and role of the new startups of the time.... See More

Strengths-based Professional Development

May 20, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Melissa Vivian

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best everyday? This is the first of many questions that Global Experiences staff asks program participants in order to get a better sense of what kind of internship placement will be the perfect match for them. Unfortunately, most individuals struggle to honestly answer "yes," which reflects the dismal rate of engagement among U.S. workers. In fact, only 1 percent of employees in the United States report loving their jobs. Given that we spend more than 40 hours per week for more than 40 years of our lives at work, shouldn't that number be higher? Surely, there must be a better way to approach career decisions that results in a more satisfying and sustainable work life.... See More

The “No Flip Flop” Approach to the NAFSA Conference

May 20, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Carol Crosby

At the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference in Boston, MA, I will serve as a résumé reviewer in the Expo Hall. Below, I share my insights on planning for the conference experience, tips that were adapted from an article I published on LinkedIn.

Through the years, I have attended and worked at a number of national conferences. I have seen the good, the bad, and the horrible. Preparation and professionalism are the keys to a successful networking experience; thus, heading into a conference in jeans and flip flops, hoping to grab a few stress balls from the exhibit area and hang out around the food table will not work. You will not be able to network this way. Period.

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Tips for Your Job Search in Education

May 11, 2015 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Pamela Rodriguez Otten

I'm getting old. I just realized that I have been working in higher education for almost 20 years now. Although my age may sadden me, I can tell you that I have gained valuable experiences along the way. Higher education is a great profession for so many reasons, and international education, specifically, has enriched my life and the lives of my family members. ... See More