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Understanding your personality

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool has been used widely in the business world to help individuals better understand themselves and how they interact with others. In the video, we …

Why pursue a career abroad?

Let’s now pause and consider why a potential career abroad appeals to you. You may be firmly committed to the idea of working abroad, or still considering if this is …

Skills vs strengths

Skills and strengths are terms that have been used interchangeably, but as Sarah points out in the video, there is a distinction between the two. The distinction is important to …

Hard and soft skills

In the previous step, you considered a range of skills that employers are looking for, which may be classed as ‘hard’ or ‘soft’. In this video, Sarah defines what is …

What skills are employers looking for?

In this video, we introduce you to Sarah, a careers guidance expert who works for the Coventry University Talent Team. Sarah talks about the skills that employers are generally looking …

Introduction to skills

In this section of the course, we’ll look at skills, with a focus on what employers are looking for and how you can identify and reflect on your skillset. Within …

National culture

In this video, we introduce you to Hofstede’s cultural dimension theory. Developed by Geert Hofstede in 1984, this is widely recognised as one of the best-known and earliest studies on …

Review of the course

Thank you for joining us on this short course on international career development. We hope that you enjoyed the learning experience. In the video, Sameer Mody summarises the topics we …

SMART goals

The SMART technique is a useful way to help you construct clearly defined goals as part of a personal development plan. SMART stands for: Specific – what’s the specific thing …

What is culture?

Culture is a complex social phenomenon that, over the years, has attracted a wide range of definitions. Consider the following definition offered by Ogbonna and Harris (2002: 34), who say …

Reflective practice

This introductory course is built on the principle of reflective practice. Reflective practice is key to learning from your experiences and helping you to develop both personally and professionally. A …

Introduction to culture

We now turn our attention to the topic of culture and explore its impact on working abroad. Culture is a key feature that differentiates working in your home country from …

Review of the week

Congratulations on completing the first week of International Career Development: Pursuing a Career Abroad. This week began by introducing you the concept of career development and getting you to think …

Values and motivations

Now that you’ve reflected on your personality, let’s dig a bit deeper into your values and motivations. You’ll remember from Week 1 that we got you to think about what …

Assessing your skills

Now that you’ve gone through the process of identifying and reflecting upon your skills, you need to consider how to assess your skill levels. As we established earlier, soft skills …