This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including living in China, working in the USA and applying for visas in Brazil. It also explores overcoming the challenges of working abroad and the growing number of expats worldwide.
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The Huge Mistake Millennials are Making Now
Many young workers believe that telecommuting and virtual foreign work experience is equal in value to a true experience in another country. This leads many to pass up foreign assignments that could help them advance more quickly and threatens to hold them back. Read more
France Extends Post Study Work, Aims for 20% Foreign Enrollments
Last year, the French Minister of Higher Education declared that France’s position as a study destination was “fragile”. In response, the government has started 2014 with a pledge to boost inbound student numbers by making the country more attractive to foreign students. Post-study work rights will be extended and visa processing will be simplified. Read more
Brazil: 2014 FIFA World Cup May Delay Immigration Processing
A sharp increase in visa application volume at Brazilian consular posts in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup may lead to delays in processing times. In addition, long wait times are expected at ports of entry and for in-country immigration procedures during the World Cup in June and July. Employers and foreign workers should consider applying for visas well in advance. Read more
Worldwide Expat Total ‘To Top 56 million by 2017’
A recent survey indicates an expected rise in the number of expats worldwide in the coming three years. Numbers should rise from 50.5 million today to 56.8 million in 2017. Students constitute the most rapidly growing category, followed by individual workers, retired expatriates, corporate transferees and other expatriates. Read more
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Embracing the Challenges of Working Abroad
One of the world’s leading businesswomen, Michele Carlsson of NASDAQ OMX, talks about why people should embrace working abroad saying it broadens horizons like no other experience. If you’re open to the experience, unfamiliar cultures and etiquette can quickly become familiar. This even holds true as a working woman in the Middle East. Read more
How to Kickstart your Career with Work Experience Abroad
For graduating students entering the workforce, a degree is often no longer sufficient to securing employment. More than ever, students are looking for something that will help them stand out. One thing that will? Experience abroad. Doing an internship abroad can help students gain this experience. Read more
Expat China: 10 Tips for Living in China
When living in China, various tips can help ease the transition. Be prepared for culture shock. Chinese society is different than other cultures. There are certain restrictions placed on foreigners in China. Learning even a small amount of Mandarin will help you with everyday interactions. Read more
Expats in Europe One Step Nearer Voting Rights in Their Home Country
The European Commission recently issued new guidance to member states that have rules preventing citizens living abroad from voting in national or regional elections. The guidance states that such rules negatively affect the EU’s free movement right and go against the founding premise of European citizenship which is supposed to give citizens more rights, not fewer. Read more
Jobs Outlook: The Midwestern U.S.
The Midwestern cities of Chicago, Detroit and Columbus illustrate how that region of the U.S. is faring on the jobs front in the first quarter of 2014, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal. Read more
Peru: Daily Life
Peruvians are direct while speaking in quiet tones and maintaining a modest demeanor. Old traditions remain important in the country, and it is necessary to use good manners at all times. Sneezing, winking and gesturing in public should be avoided. Read more
USA: Office Protocol
Individualism is a central concept in the United States, and independence and self-reliance are highly valued in the workplace. Workers are expected to do their jobs with little supervision. American employers and employees enjoy relatively egalitarian interactions in the workplace and often prefer to address colleagues by first names rather than professional titles. Read more