An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015. An image of students and employers conversing during the Miami University Career Fair 2015.

Translating Your Study Abroad Experience

Potential employers are eager and interested in knowing about how an overseas experience developed your professional skills. How will you incorporate the enhancements of these skills during your study abroad experience and convey that to a potential employer?

Before You Go Abroad

  • Create personal and professional goals surrounding your experience.
  • What can you learn while you are abroad? (i.e., a student who is studying sociology may learn about the people and culture and its impact on society in a foreign country).
  • Think critically about how you can explore your career aspirations during your abroad experiences.

While You’re Abroad

  • Create a plan for networking with local companies and non-profit organizations. What publications and professional associations can you network with while abroad?
  • Schedule informational interviews in careers that you are interested in. How is that industry different from the industry in the United States?
  • Even though you are not physically in Oxford, Ohio, you can virtually meet with a Career Advisor. Request a Skype meeting with your Career Advisor using Handshake.
  • Take advantage of our online resources available through the Center for Career Exploration & Success website. Here, you can access Handshake, the Career Development Workbook and Guide Series, Going Global and podcasts.

When You Return

  • How should you incorporate your study abroad experiences onto your resume? Your experience can be explained under the resume category of “Education,” especially if you completed coursework. You may also want to create a stand-alone section for “International Experience.”
  • How will you articulate your experience during an interview? Think of how specific abroad experiences can enhance answers during an interview.
  • Keep in touch with potential reference providers. Think back on your experience and determine who would be good to ask as a reference: a teacher from the country in which you studied, host family members, and overseeing faculty members from your home school are just a few possibilities. Gather those references soon after you study abroad, while the experience is fresh in your mind.

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