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UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career! UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career! UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career! UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career! UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career!

UCSD Structural Engineering student and Gilman Scholar Henry Wong, who studied abroad in Asia, wrote about his experiences studying abroad as an Engineering student. Inspiring for any engineers out there wanting to add international experiences to their resume and college career!

Job Skills Learned from an International Experience

Summer is right around the corner and many of us are scrambling to land our dream internships or jobs. Study abroad returnees can shine above the sea of applicants by leveraging your gained global perspective and problem-solving skills.

Whether on paper or in person, it’s important to know how to use and explain your lessons from abroad. Listing the program name and duration is not enough— it’s up to you to effectively communicate the skills that will benefit employers or school admissions committees.

Here are some skills professionals with international experience cite as being valuable in their careers:

  1. Foreign language proficiency More companies are going global and are looking for people who can communicate and translate in 2nd (or 3rd) languages.

  2. Adaptability Every hectic travel story of missing a flight or taking the wrong train are examples of how you can quickly adapt to a stressful situation.

  3. Tolerance, sensitivity, listening and observing skills Listening is a key skill employers look for in potential employees. Show how through your enhanced observation skills, you became more appreciative of other cultures and traditions.

  4. Organizational and people skills Traveling on a budget takes careful organization and planning that can translate into work skills. And remember every frustrated moment you had trying to converse with locals? Well, you were building crucial people skills at every communications obstacle.

  5. Clarification of goals and improved self-awareness Employers want to hire goal-driven and confident people who are aware of their strengths, passions and personality. Use your abroad experiences that inspired and motivated you to discover or chase your passions!

These are just a few skills you may have gained through studying abroad. If they apply to you, use them to spark ideas when creating your resume and cover letter or preparing for interviews. Most importantly, make sure to cater your resume for each company you apply for!

If Buzzfeed has not convinced you of studying abroad, listen to Michelle Obama’s reasons of why you should!

"The benefits of study abroad are almost endless. First of all, it’s going to make you much more marketable here in the United States, because more and more companies are realizing that they need people with experiences around the world, who can speak different languages, who can transition easily into other cultures and people who bring to their jobs a sensibility and a sensitivity for other people.”

And if you have studied abroad and are asking “now what?” stay tuned for HOW you can make yourself more marketable when applying for jobs and internships!

Study abroad is an integral part of every UC campus!

Through academic coursework, internships and experiential learning, UC Davis Study Abroad provides every UC Davis student the opportunity to graduate with an international experience. We promote an internationalized campus that cultivates an understanding of our diverse global community. We challenge our students to study, explore and engage with other cultures—to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world.

Follow Christy Pflanzer’s adventures as she navigates through Europe while she attends University of Bristol through EAP.

For a closer look at her everyday study abroad life, check out her blog.

A Ground Breaking Study Abroader

On Studying Abroad & Navigating London in a Wheelchair by CAPA Student Kenny Burr

Words by Kenny Burr, a Wright State University student who is studying abroad in London this semester with CAPA International Education. Below is his story:

I live in New York and go to Wright State University, which is in Dayton, Ohio. Being in London is an awesome way to wrap up college! This is my first trip abroad. It is also the first time that a student from Wright State who is in a wheelchair has studied abroad for a full semester. And, I am the first student at CAPA’s London center in a wheelchair as well. So, I am being a ground-breaker on a number of fronts, which often happens to me because I like to push the envelope.

I was able to get around most of the places pretty well in my wheelchair. I have to decide in advance whether to use my heavier motorized chair or a lighter weight one that can, if necessary, be pushed, since many places have a step here or there, or other unpredictable obstacles. I usually travel with a personal assistant (PA) just in case I need help with anything.

The only exception, in terms of the ease of getting around, was the Neasden Temple, a Hindu shrine. I had to take 3 buses to get there, which made me half an hour late. And the neighborhood didn’t have curb cuts on all the streets. But, the temple itself was worth the trip. It is made entirely of marble and was beautiful! There is this wonderful dome which has statues of the five different incarnations of the Hindu spiritual leader. Everyone was very welcoming, although people kept coming up to me and saying things like “I hope you know Vishnu is watching over you” and “I hope you get better.” I realize I have a disability but I don’t feel like I need to “get better.” I just am who I am. It felt weird to be prayed for, although I am kind of used to this.

Thanks Kenny for sharing!

Check out more of his stories in his blog!

Huge thanks to our fantastic STARS for waking up early to chalkboard for Programs Abroad Office. If you are a returnee and want to spread the word about your adventures, join the STARS volunteer program! Huge thanks to our fantastic STARS for waking up early to chalkboard for Programs Abroad Office. If you are a returnee and want to spread the word about your adventures, join the STARS volunteer program! Huge thanks to our fantastic STARS for waking up early to chalkboard for Programs Abroad Office. If you are a returnee and want to spread the word about your adventures, join the STARS volunteer program! Huge thanks to our fantastic STARS for waking up early to chalkboard for Programs Abroad Office. If you are a returnee and want to spread the word about your adventures, join the STARS volunteer program!

Huge thanks to our fantastic STARS for waking up early to chalkboard for Programs Abroad Office. If you are a returnee and want to spread the word about your adventures, join the STARS volunteer program!