Life after LanguageCorps
While the LanguageCorps experience is first and foremost an international adventure, LanguageCorps Teachers return from their international adventure with new perspectives, broad experience, and a skill-set applicable to a variety of careers.
"Another box that aspiring CEOs increasingly will have to check off: international experience. It is already growing in importance for current leaders," says William Sullivan, chief executive of Agilent Technologies Inc... "In today's environment, having that overseas experience is a big deal."
- Wall Street Journal
In addition to increased independence, self-reliance, collaborative skills, and interpersonal communication skills, LanguageCorps also provides our returning Teachers with a Re-Entry Package, including career tips, resume guidance, references, recruiting contacts, online resources, and, of course, your own teaching practicum.
A recent study by Thompson Education* analyzes employers' perceptions of candidates with overseas qualifications. Their findings include the following:
- Candidates with overseas experience find that "employers are impressed that I had the courage to study overseas" and that "international education/experience is sought after"
- 98% of employers agree that candidates with international experience are likely to possess cross-cultural communication skills
- 94% of employers agree that candidates with international experience are likely to be mature
- 97% of employers agree that candidates with international experience are likely to be independent
- 96% of employers agree that candidates with international experience are likely to be culturally aware
More anecdotally, here is what a number of senior executives in a variety of industries have to say about the LanguageCorps experience:
"[Harvard graduates must be] citizens not only of their home country, but also of the world, with the capacity not only to understand others, but also to see themselves, and this country, as others see them... to be knowledgeable and responsible as they go out in the world - to know the languages, to know the culture, the economics and the policies of the countries they will visit, to interact in a knowledgeable way."
- William Kirby
Dean of Arts and Sciences
"An increased capacity for tolerating "dissonance and discomfort... is such a critical life skill: to be in discomfort and still be able to function. The more they learn that skill, the more places they'll be able to go in the world."
- Joyce Bylander
Dean of Students
"The way to learn a foreign language is to go overseas."
- Dr. Ray T. Clifford
Chancellor, Defense Language Institute
"Unfortunately, only slightly more than 1 percent of our students ever study abroad for a summer or a semester - and two thirds of them study in Western Europe. Yet 95 percent of the world's population growth in the next 50 years will occur outside of Western Europe."
- The Late Honorable Paul Simon
Former US Senator
"As an entrepreneur and owner of a consulting firm, I have worked with talent from around the world. The individuals I have hired and who themselves have international experience bring a different flavor to the office environment. Individuals who have left the comforts of home to venture into a culture that is different from their own are more readily able to adapt to the many changes that a growing company must go through and are able to function easily within a changing environment."
"As I visit our operations in dozens of countries, I'm always struck by how well our best local managers speak English. We always do business in the local language, but it's English that ties the company together worldwide."
President and CEO
"The companies that retain our Software-Staffing and consulting services represent many countries. Our staff, whether in Sales, Recruiting, Account Management, or Consulting, does very well because they understand and appreciate the diversity of client backgrounds and needs. Those who create the strongest business relationships are able to tap into a common bond with clients as people, no matter where they are from. Experience abroad, understanding nuances and cultural variety, allows our professional staff to create stronger relationships and grow our business."
Eliassen Group, Inc.
"Americans need enhanced international skills and knowledge to guarantee our national security and economic competitiveness. An educational opportunity outside the United States can be among the most valuable tools for preparing a student to participate effectively in an increasingly interconnected international community that demands cross-cultural skills and knowledge... Many corporate CEOs are eloquent on their need for managers with international skills." - Securing America's Future: Global Education for a Global Age, Report of the Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad (NAFSA)
A partial list of professions that value the specific skills brought back by LanguageCorps alumni:
- Conflict Resolution
- Cross-Cultural Training
- Diversity Management
- Foreign Affairs
- Intelligence Analysis
- Intelligence Field Operations
- Intercultural Consulting
- Intercultural Health and Human Services
- Intercultural Management
- Intercultural Program Development
- International Affairs
- International Business Development
- International Development
- International Education Exchange
- International Exchange Program Counseling
- International Law
- International Marketing
- International Policy
- International Program Management
- International Student Advising
- International Trade
- Multicultural Education
- NGO fundraising/management
- Regional Operations
- Social Work
- Study Abroad Coordination
School for International Training
The School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Programs
Degrees offered by SIT include: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation, Master of Arts in International Education, Master of Arts in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations, Master of Arts in Sustainable Development, Master of Science in Organizational Management
The School for International Training
Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676
tel: 802-258-3510 (800-336-1616, toll-free in US)
The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
The Moore School of Business International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) program is designed to equip students with the ability to think and act globally, preparing them for life as a global manager in the U.S. or elsewhere. Each of the three IMBA tracks—Language, Global, and European—provides graduates with an internationalized business-core, a strong foundation in global business issues, significant international experience, and concentrated skills classes in an area of interest.
The Returned LanguageCorps Teachers (RLCT) Fellowship offers up to $20,000 along with additional fee reductions and work grants for a qualified Returned LanguageCorps Teacher.
Director, Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Management
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208
tel: 803-777-6749; 800-236-6427
New York University
The NYU Master of Science in Global Affairs has been designed to provide a context for understanding critical issues in international politics, economics, dispute settlement, law, human rights, humanitarian assistance, energy, the environment, and related areas.
Students obtain the knowledge and tools necessary to understand today's complex, interconnected society and to function effectively within it. The core requirements of the curriculum ensure that every graduate will have a grasp of the most important elements of international affairs, while the elective concentration allows each student to become expert in a specific subject area.
New York University
145 4th Avenue, Room 219
New York, NY 10003
Lesley University's Intercultural Relations Program
In today's increasingly interdependent world, the need to provide culturally responsive services has been acknowledged by human service providers, managers, advisors, development specialists, government staff, educators, and other professionals. For two decades, Lesley's unique focus on the human dimension of intercultural interactions has set apart from the traditional macro-political approach of international relations programs. Lesley's Intercultural Relations graduates pursue careers in various areas, such as managing diversity, international education exchange, international student advising, intercultural management, international development, multicultural education, intercultural training, conflict management, and intercultural health and human services.
Jana M. Van der Veer
Assistant Director, Advising and Student Services
Intercultural Relations and Creative Writing Programs
29 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: 617-349-8369 (800-999-1959, ext. 8369)
Other Graduate Degrees
A partial list of other graduate degrees building on the international experience gained by LanguageCorps Teachers:
- Degree of Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)
- Global Master of Arts (MA)
- Master in Public Administration / International Development (MPA/ID)
- Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)