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Going Global: Part 2

Going Global Part 2: What Kind of Learning Will You Do Outside the Classroom?

Gaining valuable insight – either educational or practical – means engaging beyond classroom discussions. For a truly fruitful graduate experience, you’ll want to find a school that pairs traditional learning with global immersion programs tailored to your interests. This brings us to the second question of Going Global: What happens outside the classrooms of your prospective schools? 

Studies show that employers look for skills learned outside the classroom. According to the Erasmus Impact Study, 92 percent of employers are looking for transversal skills such as curiosity, problem-solving, tolerance and confidence

After establishing values  for your graduate school search, there are three specific examples of experiential learning to look for:

Global Opportunities
Global immersion programs prepare students to apply lessons from the classroom to situations in the real world. Make sure the schools you’re interested in provide opportunities to learn and make an impact in your field – including summer internships abroad, international immersion programs or study abroad partnerships. Students involved in these types of programs often earn 25 percent more than their peers. 

Workshops, Simulations and Learning Laboratories
By putting yourself in real-life learning situations, you’ll be better positioned after graduation to understand the problems your industry most often encounters. Some schools offer simulated programs and freedom-to-fail laboratories where students can test out their knowledge in a safe environment. Others offer consulting projects where students solve real clients’ business problems. 

Customized Career Support
Find out what sorts of programs your prospective schools offer to help you land the job. For example, the opportunity to network with potential employers before graduation is invaluable – especially to students interested in economics, finance and business with a global emphasis. Industry treks offer insight into companies and countries in which you might not have previously considered employment opportunities. 

Be sure to explore all the opportunities available in your schools of choice and follow up with current students, faculty and advisors to see what results participants get from these programs. At this point, you may have narrowed down your search to only a few schools – but your research shouldn’t end there. Learn more in our free guide, or explore the opportunities that our Accelerated MA program offers undergraduates just one year after graduation. Priority deadline for the Accelerated MA is March 15th. 

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