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ERIC Number: EJ899300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Study Abroad and Career Paths of Business Students
Orahood, Tammy; Woolf, Jennie; Kruze, Larisa
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v17 p133-141 Fall 2008
The Kelley School of Business (KSB) at Indiana University (IU) recognized early the benefit of an international experience for its students. (KSB defines an international experience as consisting of at least 6 weeks outside the U.S., and including an academic component.) To assess the impact of business students' international experience during college on their post-graduation careers, the authors surveyed KSB alumni who were five to ten years into their careers. The goal of the research was to determine the impact of international experience on alumni's career paths. In addition, the survey sought to compare the career paths of alumni who studied abroad to those who did not study abroad. The authors found that although business students who studied abroad tend to have a significantly larger interest in working for a company with an international component, the number of alumni who found work with international clients/customers was greater for those who did not study abroad. Only 20% of alumni who studied abroad were not interested in working abroad versus 46% of non-study abroad alumni. In conclusion, the authors did not find a causal link showing that study abroad significantly impacted alumni's career paths. However, they did find that the transferable skills (communication, flexibility, adaptation, etc.) that alumni gained while abroad were considered valuable as life skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana