October 20, 2011. International Studies Abroad (ISA) of Austin, Texas partnered with the Office of International Education and UGA Career Center to offer a special workshop for students who have completed a study abroad program. The main goal was to teach these students how to present their study abroad experiences in cover letters, resumes, and job interviews in a more sophisticated way than simply, “it was the best time of my life.”

Participants were given the tools to elaborate on their experiences abroad and on the skills they gained from living and studying in different places and cultures of the world. For instance, students who study abroad often improve their ability to take initiative, solve problems, adapt to new surroundings, appreciate a multicultural environment — skills employers want, but that students may not realize they’ve exercised abroad. The workshop helps them communicate this skill set to employers.

Approximately 30 returning students attended this inaugural study abroad alumni workshop. A second workshop is being planned for late February, which will entail mock interviews with returning students.