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1 title slide 1 Welcome home Re-entry workshop

2 title slide 2 Professional & future benefits re-entry workshop

3 significance 1 significanc e What’s in it for you ?

4 significance 2 significanc e What do employers want from you ?

5 Placement-specific expertise. ‘Soft skills’ & personal traits. Developing ‘career stories.’ Cross-cultural skills. Building your portfolio. significance 3 significanc e What do employers want from you ?

6 significance -stand out Less than 5% of students study abroad. Employers may not realise how important study abroad is. Sell the effect, not just the fact. significanc e to stand out Study abroad

7 Courses (unavailable in Australia?). Professional experience (internship). Language skills. Destination-specific expertise. Cohort-specific expertise (peers). expertise Placement specific worksheet

8 soft skills personal traits ‘Soft skills’ & Source: Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers. verbal communication skills strong work ethic teamwork skills analytic skills initiative Employer-ranked top 5 skills in applicants

9 soft skills personal traits ‘Soft skills’ & Source: Job Outlook 2011, National Association of Colleges and Employers. problem-solving skills written communication skills interpersonal skills (computer skills) flexibility/adaptability Employer-ranked skills in applicants (#6-10)

10 soft skills personal traits ‘Soft skills’ & ‘Adaptable’ - ‘resourceful’ - ‘versatile’ - ‘problem solver’ - ‘respectful’ - ‘handle stress’ - ‘courageous’ - ‘self-starter’ - ‘tenacious’ - ‘observant’ - ‘adventurous’ - ‘sense of humour’ - ‘goal oriented’ - ‘self-reliant’ - ‘enthusiastic’ - ‘appreciate differences in people’ - ‘resilient’ worksheet

11 story-telling Prepare in advance. Focus on success & learning. De-emphasise frustrations, failures or bizarre. Concrete examples! career stories Developing

12 Cross-cultural skills 1 cross- cultural ‘accustomed to navigating cultural difference’ - ‘able to accommodate local norms’ - ‘aware of my own culture’ - ‘savvy’ - ‘tolerate ambiguity’ - ‘negotiate well’ - ‘versatile communication skills’ - ‘tolerant’ - ‘open-minded’ - ‘can establish rapport’ - ‘cosmopolitan’ skills Cross-cultural worksheet

13 Cross-cultural skills descriptors cross- cultural Deal creatively with ambiguity & change. Interacting comfortably with different values & perspectives. Better at learning from experiences. Applying information in new or broader contexts. Identifying new problems & alternatives. Take moderate risks & confront unfamiliar situations. Act diplomatically & build relations—in real & virtual worlds. skills Cross-cultural Adapted from Gardner, Gross & Steglitz (2008) Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience:Critical Reflection for Workplace Competencies, and Marie-Louise Hansson, 'The Global Business Person: What is the Secret for Success''The Global Business Person: What is the Secret for Success'

14 portfolio building your experience... How to talk about

15 Portfolio - résumé your résumé Education Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies, Murdoch University (Expected completion Nov 2011) Concentrations in Journalism and Screen Production INTERNATIONAL and CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark Photojournalism Conducted research into visual story telling using new media technologies. Compiled a report for presentation to industry picture agency “Scanpix.” Presented a seminar on “Women in the Media” events conducted in Western Australia to Danish academics and students. Additional skills acquired : Digital magazine production Designed a PowerPoint presentation in Danish Industry liaison and business development Cross-cultural communication skills your experience... How to talk about Example by Alexandra Haaxman, Murdoch University worksheet

16 Portfolio - cover letter cover letter your experience... How to talk about Example by Alexandra Haaxman, Murdoch University...Collectively, my course work, overseas study experience and employment within the hospitality sector have prepared me well for the position of (role) with (name of company). While enrolled in the Danish School of Media and Journalism, I utilised social media technologies such as Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn for research purposes. This gave me the insight to use this technology strategically, together with a deeper understanding as to how such technologies work within a European culture as opposed to the Australian context. Accordingly, I can demonstrate how to communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations. As your organisation embraces online technology and attracts international subscribers, my knowledge and competencies can be practically applied.... Provide an opening statement that introduces your experience. Mention the name of the program where you studied. Clearly articulate what you learned from the experience and how this will help you in the position you are applying for.

17 Portfolio - overview portfolio 1 paragraph, 1 sentence, 1 word Show, don’t tell (or avoiding adjectives)... Differentiate... Get ‘testimonials’... ‘Easy to read is hard to write.’ yourself... How to talk about

18 Portfolio -talking about self the interview Reflect on the “why” questions. Why did you choose to study abroad? Why & how did you choose your study location? What do you think you got out of your study abroad experience? Illustrate competencies employers seek with examples: Creatively solve problems, apply familiar concepts in unfamiliar situations. Contribute to an ethnically diverse team. Take personal risks & act independently. Be flexible & adapt to rapidly changing situations. How to talk about Text by Alexandra Haaxman, Murdoch University worksheet yourself...

19 Elevator speech 1 ‘elevator speech’ Who you are? What do you want to do? What’s your motivation? Your interest in the other person. Differentiation. Your hook, passion or mission. yourself... How to talk about worksheet

20 Elevator speech 2 ‘elevator speech’ Refining your talk Cut out long words, jargon... Strip out unnecessary parts words. Practise! yourself... How to talk about worksheet

21 Story- telling career stories Developing warnin g! Prepare in advance - talk these out. Don’t accentuate your own foreign- ness! Don’t make your whole interview about study abroad.

22 Closing slide Thank you! Re-entry workshop

23 Credits re-entry workshop Professionalisation The Bringing the Learning Home Team: Greg Downey (Macquarie), Tonia Gray (Wollongong) & Jan Gothard (Murdoch). The BLTH Students at all three institutions. Thanks also to Alexandra Haaxman, Linda Butcher, Astrid Baumgardner, Innes Ireland & Joanna Rosenzweig.

24 license Bringing the Learning Home: Professionalisation Workshop Slideshow by Greg Downey, Tonia Gray & Jan Gothard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Greg Downey, Tonia Gray & Jan Gothardrted License. Based on a work at ozstudentsabroadBased on a work at ozstudentsabroad.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at


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