Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development
Sherry Mueller, president emeritus of a large nonprofit organization with an international focus, and Mark Overmann, a young professional on his way up, serve as spirited guidance counselors and offer valuable insight on launching a career, not just landing a job. The two authors—representing contrasting personalities, levels of experience, and different generations—engage in an entertaining dialogue designed to highlight alternative approaches to the same destination: making a difference in the world.
With a rich mix of anecdotes and advice, the two authors present their individual perspectives on career development: identifying your cause, the art of networking, the value of mentors, and careers as "continuous journeys." Mueller and Overmann push job seekers to challenge assumptions about what it means to pursue a career in international relations and to recognize that the path to career success is rarely straight.
To help the job seeker chart the best course, Working World provides specific resources including annotated lists of selected organizations, websites, and further reading. Profiles of twelve professionals, from promising young associates to presidents and CEOs, illustrate the book's main topics. Each professional provides insight into his or her career choices, distills lessons learned, and offers practical advice about building a career in international affairs. All of these resources were chosen specifically to help job seekers map the next steps toward the internship, job, or other opportunity that will give shape to the career they envision.
About the Author
Mark Overmann made his first trip abroad during college to study in France. Following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame, Mark spent a year in Northeast China teaching English and studying Chinese. He subsequently earned his master's degree in International Communication from American University, and then worked as a program associate at the National Council for International Visitors. Mark currently serves as the Director of College Communications at Georgetown University, where he works closely with the university's international exchange programs, specifically those with China.
"It is a very good book that I think should be part of every campus career services library. Any young international education professional contemplating a career change or transition to another field will benefit from reading this book."—International Educator
"A rich compendium of advice and resources for those interested in pursuing a career in international education, exchange, or development ... this is a 'must-have' resource; it provides quick access to relevant organizations, resources, and websites that have been selected and critiqued by experts."—Journal of Employment Counseling
"[This] book is useful and inspiring. It is also a valuable reference guide to relevant resources, especially crucial while at a career crossroads. The multiple viewpoints presented enable readers to tailor their progression within the field in ways that work for them."—IATEFL Voices
"Sound and different advice by two leading professionals. To be read when you are starting to search but especially when you are interviewing, where most impressions are formed and jobs are lost. Working World will help make what you say something your interviewer will want to remember."—Allan Goodman, president, Institute of International Education
"Any young professional seeking to explore or to enter a career in international exchange will find this book invaluable. Mueller and Overmann provide tried and true advice from the voices of experience. The cross-generational, multiperspective approach is both practical and exemplary of the spirit of the field. "—Catherine Pfaffenroth, editor-in-chief, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
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