Global Career Update
October 2015 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including working in Ireland, keeping up-to-date on Germany and doing business in Costa Rica. It also explores international resumes and strategies to find a job abroad.

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UK Announces Global Education Program Involving 30 Countries

A new UK initiative entitled Connecting Classrooms focuses on connecting UK classrooms with over 30 countries around the world. The program will run through 2018 and aims to help students develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a global world. The program focuses on integrating a range of core skills into the curriculum and improving teaching in the UK and around the world. Read more 

Looking For a Job Abroad? Expats Who Found Work Tell All

Job-hunting is stressful. It is even more so when the search is conducted in a foreign country. Several expats discuss their job search strategies. Some focused on harnessing the power of social media. Others used more traditional methods including networking and volunteering. Read more 

How to Write an Effective International Resume

International resumes are different than domestic ones. Even if you’re applying for an international position within a domestic company, what needs to be included and emphasized is different. International employers place more of an emphasis on your personality. They want to know about your international I.Q. They want to know how you will be effective in the international work world. Technical skills are often secondary. Read more 

Japanese Agents Publish Study Abroad Guide Book

The Japan Association of Overseas Studies has recently published a guidebook for high school teachers in an effort to encourage more students to study abroad. The book focuses on how to provide the right guidance to students interested in traveling overseas. It also discusses the benefits of study abroad as well as practical information, funding options, academic credit, country profiles and more. Read more 

Why Creatives Should Always Consider Working Abroad

One employer discusses why creatives thrive in the expat setting and encourages everyone in the field to work abroad. Through the experience, you “begin to see which truths are universal, and which are merely regional or national. You develop a sense for what a truly global idea is. Will an audience understand your idea in Cambodia, or Bolivia?” Read more 

Ireland: New Law Qualifies More Foreign Workers for Employment Permits; Brings Procedural Changes

New changes in Ireland have led to certain career fields being taken off and others being added to the ineligibility list for employment permits for foreign nationals. IT and telecommunications engineers as well as certain chiropractors and mobility instructors are now eligible for employment permits. Graphic design managers, plant hiring managers, production managers and property, housing and estate managers are not. Read more 

Succeeding in the International Job Interview

An interview for an international job will have many similarities with a job interview at home. You will want to do your homework and prepare ahead of time. You will want to develop answers to commonly asked questions. But there will be differences as well. Language is an issue, of course, but you will also need to address cultural differences and etiquette issues. Read more 




Norway: Work Schedules and Holidays

In Norway, normal office hours are typically 8 am to 6 pm. Many shops close early on Saturdays, and most are closed on Sundays. All employees are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday each year, and workers who have been employed for at least four weeks have a right to sick pay. Read more

Costa Rica: Office Protocol

When conducting international business in Costa Rica, it is common to follow certain international business protocol details even though it is not all relevant to Costa Rican culture. Firm handshakes and eye contact are important when introduced. Equality between parties is very common in business and job situations – more so than in many cultures. Read more

Employment Outlook: China

Despite an economic slowdown, China still boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, along with the world’s largest population. The country is offering an abundance of job opportunities for its masses, but there are skills shortages, a looming labor shortage and high employee turnover, all of which is increasing the need for expats on the mainland. By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc. Read more