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Learn How To Make the Most of Studying Abroad on Your Resume!

November 05, 2007
by CEA CAPA Content Creator
The benefits of study abroad programs are numerous but none compare with the skills and experience gained. According to our research, students who have studied abroad see an average increase of 17.88% in language comprehension in both spoken and written mediums compared with those who have not. The benefit can also be seen during the interview process with 79% of students who have studied abroad discussing their experience with those that are interviewing them. Knowing these facts, students looking to acquire a great career that requires foreign language or intercultural competency should look to study abroad for preparation.

Step one: Pick the right study abroad program for your major and field. Although studying abroad is fun and provides experiences of a lifetime, you can further optimize the benefits by selecting a program that fits best with your future goals and career path. Someone who is looking to get a job in an international business should look at our Madrid study abroad business program Global Business & Governance where you can take courses like International Marketing and International Business. If you are interested in pursuing a career in journalism, our Liberal Arts & Social Sciences study abroad program in Salamanca Spain has a Film, Media, and Television course that will give you a better understanding of the roll of the media abroad. You can take a look at our study abroad Program Wizard to find the programs and courses that will fit the needs of your future career.

Step two: Making the most of your time studying abroad While you are studying abroad it is important to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to you. You should also make sure to hang on to the projects and assignments completed abroad. When you start the job hunt and find what employers are looking for, having your completed work to look at will refresh your memory and enable you to build the most applicable “experience” and “skills” sections of your resume.

Step three: Updating your resume
CEA Study Abroad will be a “head-turner” for future employers so take the time to carefully integrate it into your resume. As stated above, it is important to have files or copies of all your completed course work and syllabi for reference. Before you begin the process of building your resume it is best to take a look at the job listings for your ideal position. You do not have to focus on local job listings for this process as you are just trying to find what employers are looking for. Make a list of all the applicable items from your study abroad to include in your resume. Now find a resume template that fits the industry of your desired profession, these are found very easily through a Google search of “Resume Template” or “Resume Samples”. In addition to supplying you with the correct template for your field, these often provide good ideas for content on your resume. Now carefully create each item on your resume, and be sure to list the skills and experience acquired during your study abroad. Don’t be afraid to take an analytical approach to your resume creation process, you can use different templates and content in combination with the submission process to optimize your resume for peak response rate. You can also find more resume writing tips on our website.
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