Leverage Your New Skills!

Whether you realize it or not, you developed new strengths and skills as a result of your experience abroad!   Keep in mind that what you learned abroad will help you in your personally, academically, and professionally!

You can read an article about how to market your international experience at:
http://www.abroadview.org/avmag/2008fall_larsson.htm

 

And consult the information below to think through the kinds of skills you may have developed as a direct result of your experiences abroad. Use this list to spark ideas for creating a résumé, preparing for an interview, and reflecting upon your experiences.

[from Maximizing study abroad: A students’ guide to strategies for language and culture learning and use]

Skills

  • Understand cultural differences and similarities
  • Adapt to new environments
  • Learn through listening and observing
  • Establish rapport quickly
  • Function with a high level of ambiguity
  • Take initiative and risks
  • Utilize time management skills
  • Identify problems and utilize available resources to solve the problems
  • Accept responsibility
  • Communicate despite barriers
  • Learn quickly
  • Handle difficult situations
  • Handle stress
  • Manage/organize
  • Lead others in formal/informal groups
  • Conduct research despite language and cultural differences
  • Cope with rejectionQualities
  • Self-reliance
  • High energy level/enthusiasm
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Perseverance
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness
  • Assertiveness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-knowledge
  • Independence

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