Conference Sessions

Conference Sessions

What is your global edge? All sessions are designed to help you FIND, SHARPEN, and LIVE IT.

FIND IT. You’ll be given the opportunity reflect on and unpack your international experience(s) in interactive, facilitated discussions with other returning students.

SHARPEN IT. Learn how to articulate and leverage the skills gained through your international experience(s) for a brighter professional future.

LIVE IT. Discover new opportunities to engage with the world.


Concurrent Sessions I

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch                                                                               SHARPEN IT.
Facilitator: Laura Zuelch, Marist College

When students return from their time abroad, they often struggle with sharing their story. The elevator pitch session gives students the space to practice whittling down their stories to be more effective in a personal or professional setting. In small groups, students will have the opportunity to practice their elevator pitch for a defined length of time with peers and receive feedback. Practice a 30 second story of a memorable encounter abroad for your friends and family, or a 1 minute experience that showcases skills that would make you perfect for your dream job.

Going Abroad Again: Grad School Abroad                                                                 LIVE IT.
Facilitator: Caela Provost, University College Cork

Ready for another adventure? This session will focus on the myriad benefits associated with attending graduate school abroad. Pursuing a full degree in another country can be relatively low cost, is often a time-saver, and boosts your international credibility. For students looking for some time away from the classroom, we’ll also touch on building-block work abroad experiences available to soon-to-be college graduates.

Re-Framing Homecoming and Getting Back Out There                                           LIVE IT.
Facilitators: Lauren Chow and Katie Sievers, CYA

Do you know you want to go abroad again but don’t know where to start? During this session, learn how to handle that feeling in a positive and productive way, and explore your options for continuing your global adventures. Panelists are recent grads who will discuss their own international paths as independent backpackers, Fulbright awardees and education abroad professionals, and they will present a basic overview of other opportunities in the realm of travel/work/teach/graduate study abroad. Participants will leave with concrete resources to get started on each path, and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Continue the Conversation with Kris Holloway                                                        FIND IT.
Facilitator: Kris Holloway, President of CISabroad

Join Kris Holloway, President of CISabroad and successful author, for a vibrant discussion about how to “unpack” and process your international experience through the written word. Not only will Kris share more about her personal and professional journey, including how she became a published writer never having written before, you too will have the opportunity to share your stories. Kris will offer you engaging writing strategies and even share ways you might publish your work! This is a unique opportunity to connect with our Keynote Speaker.


Concurrent Sessions II

Beyond “It was awesome!”:                                                                                     SHARPEN IT.
How to Present your Study Abroad Story to Future Employers
Facilitators: Suzanne O’Connor and Courtney Honeywell, Career Education and Professional Development, Siena College

Learn the value of storytelling. It all starts with a professional resume to get you the chance to tell your story in an interview. We will discuss your study abroad experience and the skills you have developed from that transformative time when you were far, far away –truly on your own. How do you incorporate the new skills you have developed into your resume and the interview process? How might you develop an  e-portfolio? Join us for this hands-on workshop because IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Navigating Reverse Culture Shock                                                                                 FIND IT.
Facilitator: Dr. Annette Richie – Center for International Education and Global Strategy, University at Albany, SUNY

During this session, attendees will have an opportunity to explore how returning to one’s home country offers opportunities and challenges as well as highs and lows. Panelists will discuss one central aspect of their own experience returning home and how it has influenced their lives or careers after studying abroad. Attendees will also have the chance to reflect on their own experiences and there will be time for questions and answers.

(Inter)National Fellowships and Scholarships                                                          LIVE IT.
Facilitators: Lynn Evans, Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships, Union College; Gregory Jabaut and Matthew Schiesel, Fulbright Program Advisers, Siena College

Many students find that studying abroad sparks an interest in global exploration, and many want another cultural immersion experience. This session will cover a variety of national scholarship and fellowship opportunities that allow for further meaningful study, travel, and work abroad. Panelists will discuss how previous study abroad can be leveraged in applications for competitive international opportunities and how applying for these opportunities will help a student reflect upon and prepare for future careers both international and domestic. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Working in International Education                                                                           LIVE IT.
Facilitator(s): Caitlin Paul and Laura Zuelch, Marist College; Ginny Casper and Lara Atkins, Union College; Kris Holloway, CISabroad; Catherine Collado, SUNY New Paltz

Are you passionate about your study abroad experience and wondering how you can help students do the same thing? Considering a career in international education? This session will go over the basic ways to enter the field and the best ways to prepare a competitive application for a position in international education.


Concurrent Sessions III

Beyond “It was awesome!”:                                                                                     SHARPEN IT.
How to Present your Study Abroad Story to Future Employers
Facilitators: Suzanne O’Connor and Courtney Honeywell, Career Education and Professional Development, Siena College

Learn the value of storytelling. It all starts with a professional resume to get you the chance to tell your story in an interview. We will discuss your study abroad experience and the skills you have developed from that transformative time when you were far, far away – truly on your own. How do you incorporate the new skills you have developed into your resume and the interview process? How might you develop an  e-portfolio? Join us for this hands-on workshop because IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!

Teaching English Abroad                                                                                                    LIVE IT.
Facilitator: Carmeisha Huckleby, Center for International Education and Global Strategy, University at Albany, SUNY

With over 400,000 jobs around the world, teaching English abroad is one of the best ways to get paid to travel the world. This session will focus on all aspects of teaching English abroad, including jobs, hiring requirements, salaries, and more. The presenter will also share her teaching abroad experience in Japan, and will discuss the differences and advantages of teaching English in different parts of the world.

I Want to Join the Peace Corps!                                                                                        LIVE IT.
Facilitator: Douglas Miller, Peace Corps

You’ve studied abroad.  You have that travel “bug.”  And now you’re ready to take your international engagement to a “deeper” level.  In this session, we will cover: what exactly is the Peace Corps, the scope of Peace Corps countries and job opportunities, and tips for the application.  We will also discuss the numerous benefits (tangible and intangible) while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer and after you return home, as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  Come to this session and listen to someone who currently works for the Peace Corps and who also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  There will be an opportunity for Q&A – anything and everything is welcome!

Find Your Global Edge on the Human Continuum!                                                   FIND IT.
Facilitator: Jay Stokes, University of Albany

You made it – there and back – but what do you do now? Are you making the most of your experience on a deep level? How do you even do that?! This session will push you past your “edge” by exploring your personal experiences and values in a new way.

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