Global Career Update
July 2016 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including traveling to Brazil, working in Germany and interviewing in Italy. It also explores transportation systems around the world and responding to job ads.




Employment Outlook: Dubai

The United Arab Emirates’ Dubai, battling through oil price fluctuations and political unrest in the region, has continued to offer a multitude of job opportunities and very low unemployment numbers to its largely expat population. By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc. Read more

Italy: The Interview

In Italy, the recruitment process often involves three or four interviews. There is no standard formula, and interviews can be anything from very casual to formal and intimidating. The first interview is often with HR and increasingly includes psychometric testing. Job interviews may be held at restaurants or bars over a glass of wine. Don’t be misled by the informal approach and always be professional and respectful. Read more

Italy: Management Styles

In Italian businesses, management is hierarchical with most decisions being made at the top of the chain of command. Because it is necessary to always go higher up the chain, decision making is often slow. Italians often work in teams, but a leader is necessary to take control and provide direction. Compliments and confrontations are usually handled privately. Read more


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Anatomy of a Job Ad

Most job applicants create a resume or CV and only slightly tweak it for different job applications. However, it may be a good idea to build your resume/CV and cover letters around different job postings. It will demonstrate that you are paying attention and have the skills needed. This strategy helps you respond directly to the responsibilities and requirements in a posting. It is a lot of work, but if you’re truly interested, it should be engaging and bring you closer to the right job. Read more 

Brazil Waiving Visa Requirement for US Visitors this Summer

When US citizens travel to Brazil, they are required to secure a 10-year tourist visa that requires a $160 application fee. However, this summer, Brazil is temporarily suspending that requirement due to the 2016 Summer Olympics. The suspension will be in effect from June 1 to September 18 and allow tourists from the US, Canada, Australia and Japan to enter the country for 90 days without a visa. Read more 

Studying Abroad on a Budget

Students, as a group, are traditionally strapped for cash, and studying abroad is expensive. Or is it? A few tips and considerations can help ease the financial burden. Consider the location. Investigate housing alternatives. Look for scholarships. Take advantage of student discounts Read more 

The Best Public Transportation Systems Around the World

Using taxis while traveling is expensive. However, using public transportation in unfamiliar places can be daunting. A graphic shows the transportation systems in 11 cities around the world. Compare the transport systems in New York, Beijing, Dubai, Moscow, Paris and more. Read more 

This Leader’s Global Assignment in Her 20s Catapulted Her Into Roles Usually Reserved for Men

Global experiences are critical to getting ahead early in your career. However, they are often given to men over women despite women aspiring to work abroad. For one woman, negotiating a global assignment led to a senior leadership position in the financial industry. Increasingly, global experience is seen as necessary for executive leadership roles. Read more 

Colleges Pledge to Send More Students Abroad

Currently, only about 10 percent of US university students go abroad to study. And while people of color make up 40 percent of graduating classes, they comprise only 25% of the students that study abroad. There is a growing effort to increase the numbers of students studying overseas and to make sure these students are an accurate reflection of college campuses in the US. Read more 

Work in Germany: Getting a German Work Permit

In Germany, people work hard and play hard. Germans work the longest hours when compared to other European countries. However, they also enjoy more holidays than most countries. If you’re not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you can only work in Germany if a position cannot be filled by a worker from the EU/EEA/Switzerland or unless you are highly skilled or qualified. Certain types of professions are granted preferential permits. Read more 

The World Awaits Us, We’ll Seek Work Abroad: South African Students

A recent survey indicates that over 50% of South African students plan to look for work abroad after graduation. One of the main reasons is to secure employment opportunities, but prospective graduates also discussed difficulties pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities amid the political and economic uncertainty of the country. Read more