"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." Nelson Mandela
The post-study abroad re-entry process can be challenging. We strive to provide our alumni the resources to continue the study abroad journey. Our programming provides alumni opportunities to help alleviate reverse culture shock, connect with their alumni network, and discover ways to leverage their study abroad experience.
CEA’s Global Career Development Certificate (GCDC) offer students the opportunity to expand their pre-professional experience by connecting with mentors in their field of interest. Participating in this mentorship program enhances students’ résumé by helping them develop a career path while practicing skills that many employers value.
The GCDC incorporates a 1-credit seminar, designed to guide exploration into a career field of interest and engage students in learning about career development and global competency. In the mentorship component of the program, students are matched with a local professional who works in an industry aligned with students’ majors. Mentors have extensive experience and come from a variety of backgrounds, in areas such as:
Students enhance their self-awareness by assessing the skills necessary for their desired career path, reflecting on personal attributes, evaluating career opportunities, and increasing their global competency. GCDC participants learn to articulate their study abroad experience through career and professional development opportunities.
CEA Career Development & Re-Entry Workshops help students reflect on their study abroad experience and share their feedback with peers and academic staff. The workshops’ goal is to catalyze critical thinking about the competencies students have acquired through their study abroad experience, and facilitate students’ articulation of these experiences within a professional framework.
Students who study abroad enhance:
CEA Alumni Ambassadors leverage their experience to create study abroad awareness and support prospective students. They inspire peers to embark on their own study abroad journey while building their professional skills and network.
The Alumni Ambassador Program helps students bridge their study abroad program and life back home. This career-development internship provides Ambassadors the opportunity to share their abroad experience with peers, their home institution, and the study abroad community. Through the program, Ambassadors further reflect on their study abroad experience, learn how to better articulate their growth, and determine how to apply their experiences to personal, professional, and academic endeavors.
CEA Ambassadors boost study abroad awareness on their home campus and via social media, while supporting prospective students through the pre-departure process. Through program training and resources, Ambassadors develop an outreach plan that best fits their campus and interests, all within guidelines established by the home campus and study abroad office. Outreach may include:
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The CEA Alumni Ambassador program helps students learn their potential. We provide career-development benefits, designed to help Ambassadors translate their experience to future aspirations. We focus on guiding Ambassadors as they answer the "what now?" question: discovering professional opportunities and leveraging their growth.
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The CEA representatives I worked with were knowledgeable, personable, and responsive to my questions and concerns as we planned together.