Considering an “international” career?

Sounds kinda intriguing, possibly?  It definitely is to many students.  BUT, the world IS a big place, eh?  Figuring out what to do and how to do it can be a tad daunting.

Here’s 6 areas to consider or explore:

Start local.  Can you build experience here in Seattle, that adds to your international perspective, cultural competency and broadens your world view?  Most definitely.  The Seattle Networking Guide is a good place to start.

Explore UW.  Build your connections, insight, experiences and your resume.  It doesn’t matter what your major is, you can get involved with dynamic programs such as …

Leave Washington State.  During your time as a student, dive into a high-impact experience (internship, fellowship, volunteer gig, exchange program, career trek) in a bigger city than Seattle.  Like NYC, D.C., San Francisco, Miami.

Build an internship into a study abroad adventure.  IE3 Global is a good place to start.

Search through international focused career resources to build what-you-know and what-you-can-experience through international organizations, jobs, opportunities.

Explore the career paths (LinkedIn!) of Huskies who have worked, traveled and interned abroad.  Contact them for informational interviews, job shadows, advice.  Keyword searches within the Alumni/UW Linkedin page should help you find Husky career profiles to review, and friendly people to reach out to.  The UW Alumni Association also has a presence/chapter in major U.S. cities and internationally!

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach Patrick Chidsey