Leveraging Your USAC Experience

USAC also offers information and ideas on how to highlight your international experience on your resume and in future job interviews. It is important to relate your newfound skills from abroad to marketable, employable traits that organizations are looking for to set yourself apart from other candidates.

Setting Yourself Apart

Your study abroad experience can be utilized to your advantage even if you aren’t necessarily interested in working overseas. Typically 2% of US college students study abroad and generally a potential employer will want to hear about your time abroad. You may find work with a company that has an international focus. Even if your future career isn’t explicitly international in theme or scope, you have a brand new skill set that is applicable to any future professional situation.

Employers and admissions committees are looking for people who can listen to and understand other points of view, think globally; jump into new situations with initiative and a willingness to learn, problem-solve, and think on their feet. They are also seeking people with good communication, conflict-resolution, relationship-building skills, and the good patience and humor. You gained many of these skills and more while abroad! They are as marketable as the foreign language proficiency, internship and volunteer experience, and increased knowledge you picked up while abroad.

Put Your Experience to Use

Resumes, cover letters, applications, interviews, group projects, civic, and community involvement—there are numerous places and situations, in addition to the classroom, where you will put your experience abroad to practical use. You have general transferable skills such as independence, confidence, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills that give you better knowledge and understanding you can put to use immediately.

How Did Your Study Abroad Experience Help You Land Your Job?

Did your study abroad experience through USAC help you get a job with your dream company? Perhaps it was an internship, or even a volunteer position? Share you story by writing a testimonial; describe how your unique experience abroad made you the perfect candidate in the job market.

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