Adam, Class of 2015, interns at the West Africa AIDS Foundation while studying away at NYU Accra. Here’s a recap of his #dayinthelife abroad.
Studying abroad in Florence? Join NYU Wasserman Career Counselor, Desalina Allen, and your Peers in Careers next week for several career-related events! Stop by to learn more about NYU Wasserman, meet Desalina, pick up career resources and ask any questions you may have! Also, learn how to transition after you trip and how to tell your own global story!
It all begins next Monday, April 15th at 7:00 PM in the Villa Ulivi Cafeteria!
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Vivian Lee, Stern, Class of 2014
What’s your favorite NYU class so far, and why?
TV Nation. I am obsessed with TV and I actually got to learn about the development process for new TV shows in this class. We not only watched a few pilots before they aired on TV, but the rest of the time we watched “busted pilots.” That’s the term for first episodes of shows that did not get picked up for a full season. It was really interesting to see what went wrong, and for our final project we pitched our own pilots–many of which I would legitimately want to watch.
If you could spend two weeks at any OTHER NYU study away site, which would you pick and why?
Prague. It looks absolutely beautiful and seems perfectly situated to travel to some of the most underrated destinations in Europe.
What do you find most interesting about “the working world” of your current site? What is, or would be, most challenging about working there? What would be easiest?
There seems to be more programs in the UK built for school leavers (an alternative to the university route) and for students to work full-time in between years at university (like a gap year). This is interesting, but also can be challenging for someone like me who is not from the UK but may be seeking work in the UK. It presents a difference in both what an employer is looking for (interns to work full-time, for example, instead of in conjunction with schoolwork) and the level of experience of job applicants I would be competing with (i.e. when applying for an entry-level position in the future, I may be competing with those who have already had yearlong full-time work experience before). If I did regularly attend uni in the UK, I think I would really appreciate this opportunity to dive in and test out the industry I’m studying to work in. The easiest thing would probably be getting lunch, because of the abundance of inexpensive but also good lunch places (think Pret A Manger but with 10x more convenient locations than in New York, and other similar fast but fresh eateries with an abundance of sandwich varieties as well as global cuisine options).
After studying abroad and traveling through Europe, I think I’d like to work abroad when I graduate. This seems a daunting task as job hunting is tough enough already. How do I search for jobs overseas? What now, Wasserman?
While it may seem a herculean endeavor, finding work abroad is actually more feasible now than ever. First things first, you need to think long and hard about where you want to go. There is a lot to consider in deciding on a country to live and work in. Before getting on a plane with a stack of resumes, you need to first do extensive research on the country you are considering. A work permit is necessary to be legally employed, so you will need to research your chosen country’s policies ahead of time.
Make sure your resume is appropriate for the country you will be applying for jobs in. International resumes differ from domestic resumes and you need to ensure you are submitting an appropriate CV. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to be certain it is the correct length and includes any additional information they may expect.
So you have your country picked out and your resume updated.. what now? Fortunately, the Wasserman Center has a vast array of resources available to help you find work abroad. Start by visiting the global resources on our website, or information and job listings for countries around the world. You can also access the GoingGlobal database through NYU CareerNet, which contains more than 80,000 pages of information from work visas to employment trends and everything in between. Ready to apply for that dream job now? Good luck! Buona fortuna! Bonne chance!