Global Career Update
May 2016 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including traveling to Europe, applying for jobs in the United Kingdom and traveling to Argentina. It also explores startups that help turn workers into digital nomads and tips for getting a job abroad.




United Kingdom: Communication Styles

Until you know the procedures and protocol of a particular setting in the United Kingdom, it is best be formal, dress smart and behave in a reserved manner. Traditionally, emotional displays, too much enthusiasm and talking loudly are frowned upon. However, things are changing and British culture is growing more informal every day. Read more

United Kingdom: Cover Letter Guidelines

A cover letter is your introduction to an employer and it should make immediately clear what you are seeking from them. Most cover letters will only be glanced over, so it is best to be as succinct as possible. Be sure to use British spellings and date formats as well as British terminology, e.g. CV rather than resume. Read more

Employment Outlook: Tokyo

Japan’s megacity continues its job growth, low unemployment and overall optimism, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal. Read more


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5 New Travel Startups Turning Workers Into Digital Nomads

Technology has made working abroad easier than ever. Several start-ups are trying to help the working population join the traveling community. They offer short-term work experiences while you travel or spaces to settle for a few weeks while still doing your job. Check out Sabbatical, Nomad Pass, Jobbatical, Nomad List and Jetsetter Jobs for help figuring out your next global adventure. Read more 

Want to Study Abroad? Try These 8 Apps

If you are interested in study abroad, several apps can help make the process easier. Admission Table helps you get real time admission counseling regarding test preparation, essays, scholarships and financing options. Schoold assists with information about schools, majors, careers and fee structures. GRE High Score Words helps users prepare for the GRE by dividing 1,472 words into 50 lessons. Read more 

New Directions – Keeping Up with Students of the Future

A recent conference entitled “Student of the Future” focused on differing visions of the direction of international higher education. Two examples of international programs/visions were highlighted. One focused on massive open online course (MOOC) master degrees. The other discussed a new four-year full-time undergraduate program where a cohort of students spends a semester in six different international cities. Read more 

The Facts Around Working Abroad

More than 232 million people live in a country where they weren’t born according to the United Nations. Many go for better career prospects, competitive salaries, better weather and new challenges. A recent survey of 22,000 expats sought to better understand the experience of working abroad. Expats go abroad most often through an existing employer Read more 

Go and Work Abroad – It Could Have Career Benefits You Never Imagined

When working in another country, the challenges you face and the skills you learn can turn you into quite an asset for a company. Employers are aware of this and value international experience when making their decisions. There are many places you can go and opportunities to take advantage of when considering work abroad. Read more 

Argentina Waives Reciprocity Fee for US Passport Holders

Argentina is temporarily waiving the $160 reciprocity fee for US passport holders entering the country and staying less than 90 days. It is possible the changes will stick as US and Argentina relations develop. Currently, Argentina is a bargain for American travelers due to the strength of the dollar, weakness of the Argentine Peso and reasonable airfares. Read more 

7 Tips for Getting a Job Abroad

Finding a job in a different country is hard work. Seven strategies will help you. Prioritize the change that’s most important to you. Start job searching early. Target less competitive cities. Focus on small and medium-sized companies. Use your personal and professional network. Leverage your unique skill set. Consider alternative entry paths. Read more 

The New STEM OPT Program: What Employers Need to Know

As of May 10, 2016, a new substantially revised STEM optional practical training (OPT) program took effect in the United States. With the new program, OPT is expanded to 36 months for F-1 students with a qualifying degree. However, the new program involves significant new obligations for students, employers and schools. These include the completion of training plans, regular evaluations and required reports. More information and FAQs can be found here. Read more