“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”—"On Travel and Travel Writing" in The Norton Book of Travel, Paul Fussell
These are skills and abilities that are obtained through experiences you will have abroad that will translate toward a job. Transferable skills are applicable, and what employers will look for, in your cover letter, resume, and interview. There are a variety of ways transferable skills can be obtained.
“We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.”—Journal (July 30, 1873), Maria Mitchell (via travel-quotes)
“You wake up at SeaTac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, Mountain, Central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time. You wake up at Air Harbor International. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”—Narrator, Fight Club
Do you have anything in the archives about international students at UI or UI students going abroad? Any fun photos from the early days of international education?
Well, how about this one? More than 120 international students represented 28 countries at the UI’s 11th annual International Festival held on April 23, 1966, at the IMU. Students pictured here are from Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, The Philippines, Costa Rica, England, Pakistan, India, Iraq, France, and New Zealand. Photo from University News Service collection, UI Archives.
If you have studied abroad, you are well on your way to developing a solid International I.Q. This is a unique package of skills possessed by people who have lived abroad and these are the skills sought out by international employers. Before writing a resume, you need to review what international skills you have gained from your study abroad experience. The following will help you assess what new skills you acquired.
Even if you’re not currently job-searching, doing a skills inventory may help you talk about your study abroad experience in a more concrete way.