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IBEX and Your Career

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Studying abroad on IBEX does not mean putting career development plans on hold – it’s quite the opposite. In today's globalized world, business employers look for applicants who can handle multiculturalism, are sensitive to diversity, are able to think within different international frameworks and who are proficient in multiple languages. IBEX helps you develop these skills and offers the opportunity to differentiate yourself with a unique global experience.

OCR and IBEX

On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) is still available for students who decide to study away. The Wasserman Center for Career Development provides tips and timelines on what to do before you leave and while you're abroad to ensure that you don't miss out on this opportunity. You can learn more about the OCR process and the preparation required before your IBEX departure from Wasserman's On-Campus Recruitment site.

Career Services Abroad

All 18 of Stern's IBEX partners are top schools in the field of business. This means that, just like Stern, their missions are to ensure students are prepared to enter business careers. IBEX partner schools each have excellent career centers and provide fairs, workshops, and résumé assistance. Stern students are encouraged to take full advantage of these services while abroad.

Networking

IBEX is a great opportunity to expand your network. Our partner schools organize meet and greet events, career fairs, and networking receptions. They also host hundreds of exchange students who are studying business in other top universities around the world, who will be your future teammates and competition in the global workforce. In addition to these university-related opportunities, you can also work on expanding your network according to your own plans and ambitions. For example, before you decide where to study with IBEX, think strategically. If you already know you are interested in working for companies that do business in or are located in specific countries, you might consider studying there. Not only will this ‘on the ground' experience be valuable in the eyes of future employers, but you may also make useful contacts.

Internship, Volunteer, and Work Experience Abroad

When you are abroad, you may want to intern, volunteer, or get work experience. Some countries may allow students to intern, and several IBEX partner schools encourage and assist their exchange students in finding internships. These schools include the University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University, the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Manchester, Luigi Bocconi University, and the University of Amsterdam. Please note that these internship positions are not guaranteed and most are unpaid. Alternatively, you may want to look into volunteering or short industry ‘shadowing' opportunities on your own. A variety of options beyond the traditional internship experience are available and could lead to valuable skills to add to your résumé. For more country-specific career information you can check out Going Global's Country Career Guides through NYU's CareerNet.

However, before deciding to pursue any work-related activity while abroad, consider that as valuable as work experience can be, it may result in missing out on traveling, experiencing and enjoying the local culture, and getting to know new people. Be sure to have enough time to handle any position you take on while still enjoying the country. After all, there is a lifetime to work, but only a short amount of time to study abroad.

Marketing Your International Experience

There are many ways for you to leverage your IBEX experience as you apply for jobs. Check out these benefits of IBEX for more information. When you come back, also make sure you update your résumé and cover letters with the experience and skills you have acquired abroad. Remember -- experiences like working in teams with international students, adapting to a new culture, and taking courses unique to the location may not seem noteworthy to you, but they are to hiring managers. As you apply, always market your international experience and attend one of The Wasserman Center for Career Development's sessions on how to do so successfully, which are offered throughout the year.

Career Services at IBEX Partner Schools

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Each of the 18 IBEX Partner Schools have career services that IBEX students can take advantage of while abroad.  Visit the Partner Schools' websites to learn more.

Application Deadline

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There is only one application period per year for IBEX and the deadline is in October of the year before you want to journey out on IBEX.  Pay attention to Important IBEX Dates & Deadlines.