TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY EDUCATION
Connecting Study Abroad, Careers, Graduate School: A Resource for Advisors
As higher education grapples with career readiness in an era of rapidly changing demands in the labor market, international experience can be a way for students to develop skills that set them apart from other applicants. For example, research by the Kellogg School in 2009 showed that those who had experience living abroad had greater creative insights in tests of problem-solving ability and negotiation skills. However, not all study abroad, career, and graduate school advisors are armed with the necessary tools to help students identify transferable skills and articulate them to employers. Our unique office model at the Yale-NUS College Centre for International & Professional Experience combines career services, study abroad, and graduate school advising under one roof and allows us to consider these connections more intentionally. In doing so, we have identified a need to develop a resource to support all of our advisors, regardless of specialisation, as they advise students before, during, and after study abroad. The advising resource provides advising goals, prompts, and checklists to help students leverage their study abroad experience to support their future goals. In this session, we will present on the advising resource, our experience using it thus far, and potential applications at other institutions.
Attendees will be able to:
1) Strengthen their own advising: Encourage students to consider ways in which they can leverage a study abroad experience to further their career & graduate school goals.
2) Develop a more comprehensive study abroad advising strategy: Collaborate with study abroad colleagues to ensure that their advising helps students consider longer-term goals when deciding to study abroad. Advisors will also be able to help returning students better articulate knowledge and transferable skills gained from study abroad experiences in applications for jobs, graduate school, and fellowships.
3) Build bridges across campus: Consider strategies for engaging with colleagues in Career Services, Graduate School, and Fellowships advising offices to help their advisors understand connections between study abroad and students’ longer-term academic and professional goals. This could include involving these colleagues in pre-departure and re-entry briefings, developing common language to be used across offices, and designing and implementing an advising resource to support more integrated advising across these offices.
Ms Lindsay Allen
Associate Director, International Programmes
Centre for International & Professional Experience
Lindsay serves as the inaugural head of study abroad and exchange at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She has worked in the field of international education for over ten years. She holds an MA in Translation, and is currently completing an MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute.
Ms Beth Uding
Senior Manager, Experiential Learning
Beth manages the signature Learning Across Boundaries experiential learning program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. She began her career at Cultural Vistas, where she worked with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) from 2007-2015. She holds an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.