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Study Abroad Alumni
Highlighting Your International Experience
Articulating Skills Learned Abroad
You've had an amazing experience abroad and now it's time to think about your next step.
Whether you decide to start a
(either in the United States or abroad), apply to graduate school, or simply take some time off, it will be helpful to be able to articulate the skills you learned abroad and incorporate these into your resume or c.v.
What follows is a list of skills typically acquired through a study abroad experience (you will undoubtedly be able to add more!).
According to a study done by the Career Services and Placement Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, employers associate
with having studied or interned abroad.
Be sure to highlight these and other qualities and skills in your resume. It may also be helpful to think of a specific instance or situation you were in that demonstrates the particular skill or quality.
Skills and Qualities Associated with Study Abroad
Understand cultural differences and similarities
Learn through listening and observation
Establish rapport quickly
Adaptability - flexibility and comfort with ambiguity
Ability to make "transitions"
Initiative and willingness to take risks
Time management skills
Interest in continuous learning
Communicate despite barriers
Ability to handle stress and difficult situations
Lead others in formal/informal groups
Conduct research despite language and cultural differences
Cope with rejection
Ownership of projects
Goal orientation - clear cut goals and objectives
Motivation to achieve
Positive outlook toward hardship and adversity
Relationship building skill
Adventurous spirit, curiosity
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