GCRI Student Outreach: How International Experience Can Enhance Your Career
GCRI met with a group of students from Long Island University's Global College to elaborate on international experiences and careers.
The LIU students, having spent the last three years abroad, were seeking examples of how their global undergraduate experiences could be translated into a career or period of further study. Dr. Oliver Schnakenberg, the Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, shared his diverse consular experiences in India, the Ukraine, Iraq, and New York. Dr. Schnakenberg elaborated on the challenges of working abroad in such disparate environments, and the unique professional and personal benefits each post has afforded him. Dr. Schnakenberg was joined by Joann Halpern, Director, Andrea Deierlein, Communications Officer, and Stephanie Shoemaker, Program Officer at the GCRI, who offered their insights on how to best market oneself in today’s economy. The GCRI team covered such topics as creating your personal “brand” and “board of directors,” utilizing social media outlets for career gain, and how to best approach an application and interview situation. The LIU students received information on grants for study and research in Germany, programs hosted by CDS International, as well as a guide to jobs, internships, graduate schools, and volunteer opportunities.