Breaking into the I.E. Field: Expectations and Opportunities Part II


Let’s move beyond the university setting where International Education traditionally has its origins and strongest base. The field is quickly expanding in far-reaching ways. Today, one can have access to institutional facilities and networks even in a foreign country, thereby broadening one's international experience and interactions.

One notable example is New York University (NYU); NYU offers seven graduate degree programs abroad located in London, Florence, Madrid, and Paris. In addition, the university's Provost's Global Research Initiative is a framework that supports research-related activities of faculty and graduate students at one of NYU's seven worldwide locations spanning three continents.

One can see that IE, both as a field of study and career, is dynamic and rapidly innovating to fit the demands of the global marketplace. Employment opportunities can be found beyond the academic setting and even expand to TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), immigration, human resource management, travel, and government services.

If, in the meantime, IE remains an attractive field of study or career path, the best thing to do is to hone traditional educational and professional skills, while acquiring new skills, such as learning a foreign language, by way of a study/work/volunteer program abroad. In the world of IE, the more international experience, the better.

Further information on International Education as a prospective career can be found at the website of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which serves as a North American member-based organization for professionals working in all aspects of IE.

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