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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Last Minute Tips Before You Head to San Diego

May 20, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

While my blog posts leading up to the annual conference have included many San Diego lists of “must dos, sees, and eats,” today’s post provides a smorgasbord of reminders to help get the most out of NAFSA’s 2014 Annual Conference and your visit to San Diego!... See More

How to Find a Job in International Education Part 1: Getting the Interview

May 19, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon

Interested in finding a job in international education? You're not alone. Finding a job in international education can be incredibly competitive. That fact may be surprising when you consider this: The tangible benefits aren't very impressive. You should expect a modest salary and benefits, limited opportunities for advancement, and sometimes long working hours and travel. Why, you may ask, are these positions in such high demand? Because you'll be doing meaningful, rewarding work that has a real impact on real people. With the above in mind, how can you make your goal a reality and find a job in international education?... See More

Meet with SEVP Director at NAFSA Annual Conference

May 16, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Steve Springer

As they develop regulations, policies, and practices that affect international education, Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) officials need to hear from international educators about the important trends in international education and current issues affecting your institution and your work.

An open meeting at the NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference will provide you the opportunity to meet with SEVP Director Lou Farrell, share this information with him, and ask him questions:

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Exploring Balboa Park

May 13, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

Any visit to San Diego would certainly not be complete without exploring Balboa Park. At 1,200 acres, this vast, lush oasis is the middle of San Diego is the largest urban cultural park in the United States, home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, beautiful botanical gardens and a number of impressive museums. Many of the museums are found in Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings that line the park's impressive El Prado walkway. The following are some highlights to see when visiting Balboa Park:... See More

Strengthening the Campus Study Abroad Advising Process

May 08, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Vera V. Chapman, PhD, and Marty Tillman

On campuses, increasing attention is being placed on the initial decision-making process that students undergo as they study abroad, as well as the ongoing process of self-reflection about what they are learning while abroad. We see this heightened concern as an outcome of the soft economy and the need of many students to directly link learning outcomes of their international experiences to their marketability as applicants in the job search. Another contributing factor is increased attention to standards of good practice in the overall design and implementation of study abroad programs. The result is that many campuses are faced with the question of how to best strengthen the advising processes for students who study abroad.... See More

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

May 07, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Bradley Moon

Has all this talk of immigration advising, international recruitment, public policy, and study abroad made you thirsty? Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere… so it’s time to plan a San Diego happy hour! The following are recommendations from the Local Arrangements Team of some terrific San Diego hot spots to wet your whistle after a long day of NAFSA sessions and networking:... See More

The Cultural Adaptation of Student Services in Higher Education

May 01, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Carin Usrey

While I officially work as a university career counselor, I frequently find myself taking on the role of a marketing specialist, continually revamping outreach efforts to increase student awareness of our office’s services and drive up attendance at our campus programs and events. Regardless of how valuable, practical, and arguably necessary our office’s services might be, it is a constant struggle to convince students of our ongoing relevance and even more of a challenge to embed ourselves into the culture of a student’s college experience.

As a passionate advocate of education abroad and an avid supporter of integrating global experiences into college life, I know that global education professionals are faced with similar challenges. Offering what most universities currently value as an elective service, there is an additional barrier of persuading students to see the added value of an optional study abroad experience, not to mention the extra work of validating its financial and academic feasibility.

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