DID YOU KNOW? NATIONALLY, ONLY ABOUT 10% OF U.S. STUDENTS STUDY ABROAD DURING THEIR UNDERGRADUATE CAREER.

 

IN DOING SO, YOU HAVE SET YOURSELF APART.

 

It's easy to describe your experience abroad as life-changing, enlightening, and awesome - but what does that all mean? How can you eloquently translate those experiences for your professional future? How could you ever sufficiently explain it all within a job interview, on a resume, or in preparation for a career in an increasingly global workforce?

That's why we are here to help! Defining, understanding, and articulating your international experience is an important process as you return from abroad, whether it was a semester in France, service trip to Jamaica, or summer internship in China. Below, you will find our Returnee Toolkit document, along with other helpful resources and information, to help you through this return process and discover ways to utilize, strengthen, and incorporate your experience abroad for your future.

returnee toolkit (PDF)

Included in this document, you will find:

  • Strategies to get involved and stay global on-campus
  • Defined career-related skills and qualities gained from your time abroad
  • Tips on including your international experience in a resume and cover letter
  • Advice on how to talk about your experience abroad in an interview
  • Ways to feature and highlight what you have done abroad on social media platforms
  • Further opportunities to gain additional international experience - while at Siena and post-grad

on-campus resources and events

  • Visit the Center for International Programs to learn how you could get involved with the Study Abroad Club and International Student Association on campus, collaborate and attend events to encourage students to go abroad, present about research or work you completed abroad, or go abroad again through short-term or postgraduate programs
  • Attend EVOLVE: The Study Abroad Returnee Conference, where you can meet with fellow Capital Region returnees and professionals in the field for a day of panel discussions and workshops dedicated to helping you understand and utilize your international experience for your professional advantage.
  • Stop by the Career Education and Professional Development office to speak with a Career Counselor about identifying the skills you gained abroad and discovering careers connected to your interests

further resources

 

EVOLVE Conference 2018

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Siena hosted the third-annual EVOLVE: The Study Abroad Returnee Conference, where students from eight different institutions came together to refocus the lens through which they viewed their international experiences. With student-led presentations, engaging sessions to professionalize their experiences abroad, and a riveting opening by keynote speaker and NOMADNESS Travel Tribe founder and CEO, Evita Robinson, the conference was a huge success!