CU-Boulder students, alumni look to go global through career services

November 1, 2013

Given CU-Boulder staff member Jodi Schneiderman’s perspective, one would think she works in the Office of International Education.

She says it’s important for students to have a global mindset and to understand other cultures. And it’s at CU-Boulder’s Career Services where she works on this notion.  

“If we can help ignite our students’ excitement about international opportunities and hopefully help them reflect on those experiences, then we’re going to have graduates who have built more global awareness and competence,” said Schneiderman, program manager for international employment and a career counselor.

Career Services has long served students and alumni interested in or pursuing international experiences, but the office is increasingly specializing in resources for them.

The need has been clear partly from CU-Boulder’s goal to increase its international student population to 10 percent, as well as its decade-long standing as No. 1 in Colorado for sending and receiving students internationally.

In addition to creating Schneiderman’s position about a year ago, Career Services is offering more events like the Writing an International Resumé workshop to be held on Nov. 5 from 6 to 7 pm in the Koelbel Building, room 102. The event is free and open to the campus community.

The office also now provides access to Going Global, a database including more than 40 country guides with employment trends information, application tips and interview advice.

Additionally, Schneiderman has formed the cross-campus International Career Advisory Team, which brings together various departments to share knowledge in order to provide students with resources on international volunteer, internship and job opportunities.

“One of our biggest goals, and you’ll see this in our programming, is to bring professional onto campus, and work with professionals already on campus, who’ve had international careers,” said Schneiderman, “That’s how students are going to learn about international careers -- exposure to people who’ve done it. That’s how they’ll see what an international career progression could look like, even if they don’t walk through our doors at Career Services.”

And thinking about international career development can be important even for students who want to work domestically.

“International doesn’t necessarily mean a career overseas,” said Schneiderman. “You could work for a nonprofit in Boulder that has an international mission, such as a microfinance organization that provides small loans to individuals in Kenya.”

The Writing an International Resumé workshop will feature Antonio Papuzza, an instructor of international business and management at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Papuzza is an international consulting expert and says that international applications take more than adjusting a few lines on a resumé. He says applicants have to shift culturally to think like a potential employer.

For a listing of upcoming international career events visit http://careerservices.colorado.edu/CommonFiles/PDFs/students/InternationalEventsFlyer_fall2013.pdf. For more information about CU-Boulder’s international career advising visit http://careerservices.colorado.edu/students/goGlobal.aspx(Photo courtesy Career Services)

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