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‘Get out of the chair’- 3 Reasons interning abroad will set you apart

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Every college student, just like you,  is asking themselves the same question…’how do I set myself apart’?

The answer? EXPERIENCE. Real, professional experience in an environment that helps to elevate you from the resume to the interview chair. You get a leg up because you `have something great and interesting to say`and future employers get, well, something different!

Students from all over the United States are gaining ground and competing on a global scale due to a new internship remix- intern abroad.  The kind of internships that challenge you WHILE preparing you. Networking, professionalism and soft skills such as adaptability and communication are just some of the things that you learn through this specific type of experience. Instead of adding your resume to the pile, have employers lineup to meet you.

Three reasons why you should intern abroad:

IMMERSE yourself in the local culture

By immersing in a new country like the Netherlands, Spain or Germany, you will leave with an entirely changed perspective on the world. And unlike a two-week vacation, you will dive head first into the local culture as a local- commuting into work everyday, making friends with your co-workers, and learning from those around you. You will learn the ins and outs of the people who live and work in that city. You will be a true EXPAT.

BUILD your network

Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career. Interning abroad allows you to not just meet new people but most importantly, different people. Dont sell this part of your journey short, explore who you are and open up to those around you.  You never know who you will meet and how that will affect your professional and personal network. Two out of the three Global Players Directors are living abroad to this day because of the network they built ten years ago. Be open to the return on your investment.

GROW exponentially

Growth comes from change, and the bigger the change, the more you will grow. Get out of your comfort zone. Pushing yourself outside your boundaries and out of bounds will give you the opportunity to bring that different perspective back home with you.

It is time to get off the paper and out of the chair...EXPLORE. ELEVATE. CREATE. DOMINATE.

Want to take your summer to a new level? Learn how...any student-athlete looking for more information on internship abroad programs please email rnovo@playtheglobe.org.

12 Steps to ‘Selling’ Study Abroad...Or Anything

In life, we are always selling. It gets a bad rep, but it’s true. We sell products, services, and most of all, ourselves. Here is a structured set of guidelines on how to navigate a conversation with your parents about study abroad. Substitute "parents" for coaches, administrators, teammates- the same rules apply. This list includes both conduct and content to ensure the support network in your life fully understand why a Global Players (GP) summer can be a game-changer for you as a student-athlete, personally and professionally. 

12 Steps to Selling Study Abroad

1. Set the Tone

Upon meeting with your parent(s) to discuss the opportunity to study abroad for the first time, you must be sharp as a tack, enthusiastic, and an expert on the study abroad program of your choice. Control your vocal tonality and physical gestures. 

2. Dress the Part

When you see police officers in uniform you automatically associate them with authority. Similarly, when you, as a student-athlete, step on the field, you do so in your uniform. For those 60 to 90 minutes, you are the authority. The same is true for you when selling yourself. Dress for success and capture their attention. 

3. Be a Mirror

This helps people feel more comfortable with you. If you’re in a sit down presentation, watch the body language of your parent(s). Are they crossing their legs? Are they sitting upright in their chair? You want to mirror what they’re doing. Just don’t get caught. 

4. Know your Audience

Know what your parents want for you, what they will want to know, and be able to anticipate their objections. 

5. Question Skillfully

Ask questions to build rapport and gather intelligence. This identifies the audience’s likes and dislikes, interests, and possible objections. Some examples: “Have you traveled abroad? How was your experience? What did you find out about yourself or others? What do you see as the biggest challenges for me? What do you feel will be the biggest benefits for me?” 

6. Use the Website

Be an expert on the Global Players organization and program of your choice. Research, research, and research some more. Have the website open for discussion. Know exactly what pages you want to show your parent(s) and in what order. Move from big picture to small. 

7. Establish your “Why”

Why do you want to study abroad? Why GP? You must agitate the problem: that you could not otherwise study abroad, or you do not want to study abroad without the athletic component. Being able to say, “this is the only program for student-athletes, designed by former Division I student-athletes” is huge. It commands attention. Ask questions to get them to talk about what you would be missing out on. 

8. Have a Script

Think about and write down what you will say to your parent(s) like a script. Rehearse it (more than once) until you feel comfortable. Do you know what their objections will be? Do you know what their main points of interest will be? 

9. Anticipate Objections

Answer objections before they come up. Cover them in your presentation. Here are examples of some of the most popular objections:

  • Safety: How will I know my student-athlete will be safe? What are the safety measures taken and how will the organization respond in an emergency? 
  • Cost: What is the cost and what’s included? Refer to the website for the program breakdown and sample budget. When talking about the price, know how this program stacks up against other study abroad programs and other summer options. Know the cost-per-credit at your home university as it compares to Global Players. Know what scholarships you are going to apply for and how much they award. Have a plan to finance the program. 
  • ROI (Return on Investment): Why THIS experience is THE experience? Why is it better than other alternatives? Reference these testimonials of past participants. 

10. Stay on Topic

Imagine a straight line from start to finish. What’s your open? What’s your middle? 

What’s your close? You must take your parent(s) down your straight line to get their 

approval and support. If your parent(s) (or you) go off the line, you must deflect them 

back on the line. Be empathetic, but stay on topic. 

11. Know When to Shut Up (just sayin')

Too many people talk their way OUT of getting what they want. An easy fix for this is to 

have what you’re going to say scripted. Know exactly what you’re going to say before 

going into the meeting. Learn to pause and let your parent(s) think and talk. 

12. Land the Plane

This is your call to action. Ask for support with your application and financing. If further 

information is needed, a GP staff member is happy to speak with your parent(s) at any 

time. Take the initiative to connect via email and we’ll set up an appointment. 

Ultimately, you want to have a game plan before getting in the game. Know yourself and 

know what you want prior to your meeting so whomever you are speaking with – parent, 

coach, teammate, etc. – not only understands, but also embraces this opportunity for 

you. It is time to make this dream a reality.

 

It’s time to play the globe.

The Case for Study Abroad and Post-Graduate Employment Success

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Post by Justyn Williams

When people think of students going global, it’s usually strictly in the form of traveling and studying, and without regard for those who might be athletes and want to maintain that aspect of their identity while abroad. Furthermore, when others do think of an athlete going global, more often than not they imagine it in the context of someone signing on to play in a foreign league or to participate in an international travel tour against foreign competition. Rarely, if at all, do they consider the opportunity for student-athletes to take part in a study abroad experience that so many other students, on campuses across the country, are engaging in on a yearly basis. Who, may we remind you, are the same students, vying for the SAME jobs as our student-athletes post grad.

Why Study Abroad Matters for American Undergraduates

In an era where more international students study at U.S. universities, it seems other countries more aptly grasp the importance of cross-cultural competency as we inch ever forward in the level of interconnectedness between nations. While the topic of whether or not study abroad boosts students’ job prospects can be debated, the fact of the matter is that student-athletes are almost always left out of the conversation altogether, and are resigned to live vicariously through their friends who take semesters or even whole academic years to uproot themselves to study in a foreign country.

As the cost of college education continues to rise, it’s understandable to question the ROI of external experiences such as studying or interning abroad. But as research by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM) is beginning to show, there are various tangible benefits derived from studying or interning abroad which strengthen students’ (and student-athletes’) capability to appeal to companies seeking to hire them as postgraduates.

How Study Abroad Powerfully Improves Post-Graduate Career Success

According to the research at RSM, immersing oneself in another culture offers the chance to bolster skills in management, cross-cultural competency, flexibility, and self-awareness, as well as technical and social astuteness. However, “if the higher education community as a whole is to counter the charge of indulging in what some commentators have branded ‘education tourism’ then it must do more,” as Matt Symonds adds in his Forbes article, “Otherwise it will be in danger of letting down both its students and the organizations that will go on to employ them.” This is precisely the point we aim to emphasize at Global Players (GP).

Through our programs, not only do we foster an environment that encourages (and at times requires) cross-cultural engagement, but we also provide the opportunity for exchanges of that nature to happen through an avenue -- athletic competition -- that transcends the natural barriers of language or culture. Because of the rigors of college competition and athletics, it is reasonable to assume that many student-athletes come equipped with the requisite level of emotional maturity needed to fully benefit from a global education experience, but don’t often have the time or ability to even consider the prospect.

How Global Players Helps Student Athletes Seize the Rewards of Study Abroad

Studying abroad through the lens of international athletic competition allows GP student-athletes to engage in their host country at a heightened level. The athletic component, in combination with their academic or professional curriculum provided through our partnerships with the European Study Abroad Center and IES Abroad, serves to amplify development of the cross-cultural competency and collaborative skills desired by professionals across the globe. By weaving this unique element into a comprehensive study and intern abroad program, GP aims to provide opportunities for student-athletes to become more globally-minded people who employers will ultimately value and feel confident about hiring once they are postgraduates.

Ultimately, we agree; we must do more.

Another great

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on professional success from studying abroad.

GP Launches New Study Abroad Program in Rio De Janeiro

Global Players has teamed up with academic partner IES Abroad to launch a new summer program in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2015.

GP: Study Aborad Brazil program offers an academic focus on sports and society while exploring the rich and vibrant culture of Rio. Student-athletes will train with local teams; have weekly strength and conditioning sessions with a dedicated Global Players Athletic Director, while also attending college classes in this dynamic, well-rounded program. When possible, participants will also take part in tournaments or competition on a Global Players team or integrated with a local team enhancing their athletic skills, forming meaningful friendships with fellow foreign and local students, for a life changing experience as global citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2015. APPLY NOW.

 

In feedback surveys, 100% of student-athlete participants report they chose to study abroad with Global Players because of the athletic component.  “We use sport as the vehicle of cultural immersion,” says Founder and Director of Program Development, Tara Michael, “but the academic component adds a dimension of theory and context, and for many, justifies the cost of six weeks abroad. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the caliber of study abroad professionals at IES Abroad to launch our new program in Rio.”

RIO FEATURE SPORTS- Field Hockey, Football, Mens and Womens Soccer and Volleyball