Tips and Tales From Around the Globe

What is a Gap Year?

Katherine Adams | June.02.2020

For those of you who recently graduated from high school, you could be thinking, “I don’t know what to do with my life.” We get it!

If you’re a current university student who just went through having spring semester switch to virtual and fall semester in limbo, you may be thinking “why am I paying full price for tuition for an online education?”.

Or, you may be a student or young professional who really likes the concept of virtual learning and fully embraces the flexibility and new skills - like internet literacy, digital competency, adaptability, responsibility, and time management.

A gap year is a great option for you all, now more than ever.

With many universities planning to remain online in the fall or those who may be back on campus with more restrictions, it’s safe to say that the “normal” college life is on pause for now. Many students have been forced to look at alternatives like gap year programs.

According to recent surveys reported by Axios, “more than a quarter of college students are questioning whether to return to their current college or university in the fall due to uncertainty around plans to reopen… 35% of prospective college students said they’re planning to take a gap year.”

A gap year is a strong alternative for not only prospective college students but those currently enrolled who are uncertain about what the future of their education looks like.

8 Top Career Fields For Virtual Internships

Molly Haskell | April.29.2020

In a trying time, it can be hard to concentrate on what to do next. While we may be social distancing and feeling (more than a little) distracted, there’s always a way to keep moving forward.

Internship experience during college is indispensable. The good news is that today’s technology makes remote work easier than ever before.

Due to the nature of businesses and work environments, there are career fields and industries that are more adaptable to remote work. Here are our recommended top 8 career fields for a virtual internship.

Global Experiences’ Virtual Internships Has Landed

Molly Haskell | April.16.2020

Excitement was flowing and wanderlust was in the air -- spring interns were enjoying their time abroad and others were getting ready for their summer adventures. That was before we heard the word “pandemic,” first used by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, in reference to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put experiences on hold in a dramatic way. It has brought challenging and uncertain times to countries around the world and disrupted many plans.

We care about each and every one of our program participants, which is why we made the decision to end our spring programs early and proactively cancel our summer intern abroad on-location programs.

This disruption forced us to think about our mission in a different light -- How to adapt? How to continue providing life-changing experiences around the world if our participants are unable to board a plane and travel abroad?

We may be in isolation, but we are not alone. Let's put mobility challenges aside and do something impactful for the future of work and career paths of our participants.

8 Summer Internships in London That Will Look Great on Your Resume

Molly Haskell | January.23.2020

As the school semester has only just begun, your summer plans might be the last thing on your mind right now.

Cue thinking to yourself, “I have plenty of time to find a job this summer.” But, if you don’t act now, you might miss out on incredible internship opportunities!

We have full-time internships available all around the world, though some of the best are located in the business global hub of London, England. Many companies in London are looking for dedicated interns to join their team.

London is a buzzing, lively city full of amazing internships in a wide range of majors/career fields -- business, communications, IT, and events to even fashion, museums and more.

It’s never too early to start making your summer plans. Will you be one of the savvy students to plan ahead and land yourself an unforgettable internship experience?

Check out our list of 8 summer internships in London!

How to Write a Professional Email in 7 Simple Steps

Dan Elias Bliss | June.20.2019

 

Whenever you send a professional email, it's a reflection on who you are both professionally and personally. It doesn’t matter if it’s an email to a potential employer, fellow colleagues, or an outside work connection, you need every email to be perfectly crafted.

A professional email has many different aspects that should be accounted for before sending. Follow our 7 simple steps and you’ll be able to write the perfect professional email every time.

9 Salary Negotiation Tips You Must Know

Dan Elias Bliss | April.11.2019

 

Negotiating your starting salary doesn’t have to be a point of anxiety. Never be fooled into thinking the first offer is the best offer, or that negotiating isn’t the professional thing to do. In fact, over 70% of employers expect candidates to negotiate. 

Research shows not negotiating can cost you over a $1 million dollars over the course of your career. Use these nine salary negotiation tips to get everything you’re worth.

The Great Debate: Study Abroad vs. Intern Abroad

Kelly Holland | May.31.2018

An international experience is a unique way to shape your undergraduate career, and chart a path into the future.

 

The options are endless: a short term study abroad program to earn credits over the summer, a semester-long opportunity in a foreign country to practice a language, or working with an international company in your career field. So how do we choose?

 

The good news is, whether you choose studying or interning abroad, you're making an important step for your future. Living abroad will challenge you in a variety of ways from introducing you to new people and their perspectives, a new culture and way of living, and the ability to see yourself as a global citizen.

Let's take a look at how  those opportunities may vary according to the program you choose.

 

Top Skills Employers Want from an Intern in 2018

Peter Ballagh | August.10.2017

What do employers look for in an employee? In this question we are not considering the employee’s knowledge and training but the soft skills – the positive professional demeanor which a person might bring to a place of work.

What is StrengthsFinder and Why Do You Need It?

Melissa Vivian | July.17.2017

Global Experiences uses a Strengths-Based Approach to Career Readiness. What this means is that our program is designed to help interns realize their natural talents and apply them not only to their internships abroad, but to their journey in finding a career they love.

The 6 Top Cities for your Fashion Internship

Lauren Plug | May.30.2017
Every fashion student dreams of one day living and working in one of the world’s top fashion capitals. Can you see yourself sitting in a cafe in Paris, sketching the street style in your treasured notebook. Or perhaps walking the streets of the Quadrilatero d’Oro in Milan, watching the who’s who of fashion parade the streets during the spring and fall fashion shows. Maybe London is more your style with fast, futuristic designs and the glitz and glamor of this timeless city. Some prefer the body conscious, fashion forward beach wear of Sydney and learning about a totally new fashion style. 
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