Generation Z has a vast understanding of the necessary skills to acquire a job. With the increased focus on hands on learning via internships and co-op focused degree programs students are ensuring their academic degrees are not the only point of pride on their resumes. Many students are looking for not just study abroad opportunities but also hands on experience to add to their college careers
Location based study abroad advising is popular for obvious reasons. While resume add ons are a plus, many students are still thinking first of the location they would like to go before they consider what options are available for their major. With a lot of the origins of study abroad being born out of language based learning abroad, this is the most traditional style of study abroad advising.
Career-based advising, a blend of major based and extra curricular opportunities, is seeing a higher interest from students. Career based advising also generally gets more buy-in from advisors and faculty. If study abroad is seen on your campus as a “vacation for a semester”, career based advising helps create additional buy-in points for key campus stakeholders. Career based advising can introduce more options for students. For example, a program may combine study abroad with a part time or post program internship, an internship abroad with additional pre-arranged networking opportunities, or add leadership seminars with a certificate program to a credit bearing summer opportunity.
However, not every location in the world will have every major or internship opportunities available. Career based advising is also less glamorous, and for some students, the excitement of studying in a specific location is what draws them in to the prospect of study abroad.
So can we reach a holistic approach to advising where we embrace academics, location preferences, and career advancement in programming? Below are a few tips to use when revising your study abroad program portfolio to help expand opportunities for students.
Consider expanding your advising repertoire to blend destination and career based advising as a way to reach a new group of students and faculty. This may also help you get support from campus stakeholders that have been hesitant previously but are open to international opportunities that expand student opportunities. Who knows, your best connections may directly come from them.
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