If you plan to gain international experience through an exchange, work experience or internship, it deserves its own strategy. Here are some resources, tips and tricks for making the most of your experiences. International experience will become more and more important if you wish to climb the ranks of an organization. Lisa Rangel, Chameleon Resumes LLC stated in Forbes, “The more cross-pollinated one’s background is in terms of geographic, economic, profession and business function exposure, the more likely a candidate is to be included in succession planning.” Succession planning means determining an organizations next leaders, so make sure your name is on the list!

Get to Know CATS (Career Advising and Transition Services)

If you aren’t sure how international experience fits into your educational and career game plan, then talking to an advisor at CATS is a great first step. They are experts in the Quebec labour market, and how international experience or studies apply once you return home. You can set up an appointment by emailing labourmarketconnections.scs@mcgill.ca

Do Your Research to Work Abroad

Are you looking to work internationally after completing your program? Get to know what strengths you need in your field to succeed in an international environment. The School creates occasional videos on on this topic. Check out this video on the International Project Management industry:

Look for Classes and Programs Taught by Instructors with International Experience

Many courses and programs feature instructors with international experience. If you are interested in working abroad consider targeting them and getting to know instructors. For example, the new Professional Development Certificate in Executive Production in Creative Industries incorporates experiences from internationally-experienced instructors.

Meet International Students

Meeting and getting to know international students will give you an international experience without leaving home. You’ll learn more about other countries and where you may like to work in the future. Try out the Buddy program with International Student Services to mentor an incoming international student.

There are also many School of Continuing Studies students around you with international experiences to share! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your classmates and attend MACES events!