This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including moving (back) to South Africa, getting hired in Belgium, working in Israel and how to prepare for the dream job abroad.
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More Americans Should Work Abroad
One columnist argues that while immigration reform may be cause for disagreement, emigration reform is something we can agree on – specifically encouraging more Americans to work in other countries. American workers overseas are, essentially, informal ambassadors, and when they return home, they bring back relationships and knowledge that contribute to economic growth. Read more
How to Find and Prepare for that Dream Job Abroad
You have dreams of working in a foreign country. How do you make that dream a reality? Create a clear picture of what you want so you have a strong sense of direction. Do lots of research. Learn about work permits and visas. Consider cost of living, budget and the local language. Read more
Erasmus+ - What is New for Higher Education?
The Erasmus+ program began on January 1, 2014. An expanded budget – with an increase of over 40 percent compared to previous programs – will allow for significant increases in opportunities for students, academics, higher education institutions, enterprises and other academic and non-academic players. Money is also allotted for international actions in higher education. Read more
Belgium: Federal Government to Decentralize
Starting on July 1, 2014, Belgium’s federal government will transfer authority of work-related immigration policy to regional governments. The three regions of the country – Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia - will each be allowed to develop their own work authorization policies, programs, requirements and exemptions. They can also choose to follow existing federal rules. Read more
South Africa: Brain Gain as Expats Come Home
The onset of the global recession has led to a reverse brain drain in South Africa. Almost 360,000 expats – most of whom are engineers and finance professionals – have headed back to South Africa since 2008. However, there is still a shortage of highly-skilled workers in the country. Read more
New Book from IIE and DAAD Explores International Collaborative Degree Programs
When it comes to internationalizing higher education, joint and double degree programs have become increasingly popular. A new book published jointly by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) compiles expert insight from six world regions for an analysis of these programs and their impact on students and higher education. Read more
Israel: Two-Year Work Permit Introduced
Israel’s Ministry of the Interior recently began accepting two-year work permit applications in addition to the standard three-month and one-year work permit applications. The two-year applications will be more rigorous, and the longer validity period must be supported by assignment-related documentation and information. Read more
China and India Hire Across Multiple Sectors in 2014
The world’s two most populous countries have increased their hiring pace, with highest demands in the services, engineering, manufacturing, finance and retail sectors, to name a few, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal. Read more
United Kingdom: Office Protocol
In the past, a very rigid separation existed between the ranks in British business. Rarely did managers come up through the ranks but instead moved from one organization to another. And rank had significant privileges. Today, business is more fluid. However, the degree to which this change has occurred varies between industries. Read more
Brazil: Daily Life
Brazil is an ethnically diverse country where more than 44 percent of the population is Black or mixed-race. It is also highly urbanized with around 80 percent of the population living in urban areas. Physical contact is an important part of communication with Brazilians, and visitors should try not to be intimidated by this. Read more