Working World

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352 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781626160538 (1626160538)

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February 2014


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Working World
Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development
Second Edition
Sherry Lee Mueller and Mark Overmann

Now available in a new second edition, Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development offers an engaging guide for cause-oriented people dedicated to begin or enhance careers in the now burgeoning fields of international affairs. Mueller and Overmann expand their original dialogue between a career veteran and a young professional to address issues that recognize the meteoric rise of social media and dramatic geopolitical events. They explore how the idea of an international career has shifted: nearly every industry taking on more and more international dimensions, while international skills—linguistic ability, intercultural management, and sensitivity—become ever more highly prized by potential employers.

This second edition of Working World offers ten new and four significantly updated profiles as well as new and expanded concepts that include work-life balance, the importance of informational interviews, moving on, and key building blocks for international careers.
Like the award-winning first edition, Working World is a rare and valuable resource to students and graduates interested in careers in international affairs, mid-career professionals who want to make a career change or shift, as well as guidance counselors and career center specialists at universities.

Sherry Lee Mueller is adjunct professor at the School of International Service, American University and president emeritus of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV). Prior to her arrival at NCIV in 1996 she was director of the professional exchange programs staff at the Institute of International Education.

Mark Overmann is assistant director and senior policy specialist at the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange.

"Useful primer for young professionals taking purposeful steps to becoming the change they want to see"—Matt Clark, The New Global Citizen

"Mueller and Overmann provide an engaging intergenerational dialogue about 'your place in history' for readers who share the idealism and values Senator Fulbright embraced. The authors compiled an easily navigable directory of selected resources, prominent organizations, and illuminating profiles of leaders in the field."—Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Executive Director, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, 1997-2000, The Harriet Fulbright College

"Working World provides the wisdom you need to start your career in clear and concise prose. Here, invaluable mentoring comes with a binding. Take the vision you have for your high impact career and read this book to catalyze your future."—Saul Garlick, CEO, ThinkImpact Company

"Kudos to Sherry Mueller and Mark Overmann. The timing is perfect for this edition. Working World is an essential guide to international careers for a new generation of Americans eager to see, feel, and change their world."—John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation

Table of Contents

The Changing Global Context for International Careers
A Job versus a Career
Part One: Shaping Your Career Philosophy
Part Two: Selected Resources and Profiles
Combined Voice of a Career Veteran and a Young Professional

Part I Shaping Your Career Philosophy

1. Identifying Your Cause
2. The Art of Networking
3. The Value of Mentors
4. The Continuous Journey

Part II Selected Resources and Profiles
5. Your Job Search: A General Approach
6. Professional Associations
7. Internship Opportunities
8. Volunteer Opportunities
9. Nongovernmental Organizations and Educational Institutions
10. US Government
11. Multinational Organizations
12. Business, Foundations, Thinks Tanks, and Consulting