Jinous Kasravi, PhD
Director, Membership and Community | Diversity Abroad
Employers define specific qualifications and skills in their job descriptions, and for new college graduates there is focus to exemplify experience in these areas. As professionals working with students who will soon graduate, we try to provide an opportunity for them to attain some of these skills through their formal curriculum as well as other opportunities offered during their higher education studies. As international educators, we promote global experiences as being a high impact practice which leads to positive outcomes on the personal, academic, and professional level for students.
Yet, how can we help our students who have participated in some form of global education experience to critically reflect on the benefits that they gained and the positive outcomes which can be relayed in their job applications and interviews? What are some of the transferable skills to their future career which are not often at the forefront when discussing international experiences? We need to help them effectively articulate to their future employers and move beyond the image that our diverse and underrepresented students had the opportunity to “travel overseas.” Our efforts should also include international students in this conversation. While online learning and the pandemic were difficult for all students, this population in particular were not able to participate and engage in in-person conversations and activities which are essential in their navigation of a new language, culture, and curriculum.
The transformative experience of an overseas program greatly shapes our students personally and professionally and can additionally benefit their employer, colleagues, and their future work environment. One of NACE’s Career Readiness Core Competencies has now been updated to Equity & Inclusion, and more employers are adding some form of this specifically into their desirable job qualifications. The assets that our global education alumni contribute to building diverse work environments are at the forefront now more than ever.
The following articles in the Winter 2023 edition of the Global Impact Exchange highlight some programs, strategies, and tips for helping our global education alumni in their career planning. This edition also includes several opinion pieces which provide insightful questions and issues that we as international educators should consider in the work that we do.
As you read the articles, if you are inspired to share how you or your office or organization is collaborating together to advance equity and inclusion in global education, I invite you to reach out and share a best practice with us. We would love to hear from you. Please share your reflections and ideas with us at [email protected]. We also invite Diversity Abroad members to join the conversation on our online community forums.
The main task of the Editorial Advisory Board is to review article submissions for the Diversity Abroad Quarterly publication. While not a peer-reviewed academic journal, the Diversity Abroad Quarterly publication compiles articles to advance domestic and international conversations around diversity, inclusion, and equity in global education with respect to the thematic focus identified each quarter.
- Helena Gillespie | Professor Of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, School of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
- David Wick | Associate Professor, International Education Management, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- Jinous Kasravi | Director of Membership & Community, Diversity Abroad
Table of Contents
- Decolonizing Education for Professional Success: Building Cultural Agility Through DEI-Informed Global Learning
- Career Readiness Through Intentional Reflection of Cultural Intelligence
- Candid Testimonies: Historically-Marginalized Alumni Promote Study Abroad and Global Careers
- Building Career-Readiness for International Students Through Demystifying Small Talk
- Together We Fly Higher-Advancing Equity in Global Education and the Workforce: A Case for Academy and Industry Partnerships
- When Gray Area is a Good Thing: Developing Global Readiness Through Ambiguity
- Developing T-Shaped Professionals Through Expanded International Experiences
- Global Educators Encouraging Participants to Find Their Unique Voice to Speak Their Absolute Truth
Publication for Download
Winter 2023 Edition: Getting Career-Ready: Global Education and The Workforce
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