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ISAP #21 - Parenthood, Careerhood, and Balancing It All with Samantha Lacroix, EUSA Academic Internship Experts

Samantha Lacroix - Inside Study Abroad

PreS: I'm hosting a workshop next Tuesday, January 30th at 2pm EST all about how to land your dream job in study abroad and international education. Click here to get registered! 


Hello everyone! Welcome back to the show! I’m coming to you from the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve been here for about 3 weeks and absolutely loving this place. Eating way too many empanadas and trying to teach myself to like mate - which is like an intense herbal tea.

I’ve also tossed my vegetarianism out the window while I’m here to enjoy a little bife de chorizo. Yum!

And of course, tonight I’m headed to my first (and likely last) tango lesson. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Brooke and her tango teacher, Javier, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (January 2018)

Brooke and her tango teacher, Javier, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (January 2018)

 

Before we jump into today’s interview, I want to let you know that next Tuesday, January 30th, I’m hosting a free training “How to Land Your Dream Job in Study Abroad and International Education.” As always, it’s going to be packed with actionable strategies that you can use right away to make a difference in your job search and career. Go to insidestudyabroad.com/training to register...and of course, if you pre-register you’ll get access to a limited time replay.

Next week I’m also opening the doors to the final live cohort of the Global Pro Institute. After winter 2018 cohort, the program will become evergreen which means it will be available all year round and anyone can sign up any time you want.

Okay...on to today’s interview:

I’m bringing you an interview with Samantha Lacroix, director of university relations at EUSA - Academic Internship Experts. She also happens to be a former colleague of mine at EUSA AND a very dear friend.

We did this recording a few months ago right before she gave birth to her daughter. In this conversation we dive into getting jobs that you don’t feel qualified for, landing jobs without a master’s degree, balancing career and parenthood, helping students leverage study abroad for their career, and finally getting a master’s degree that works for your career.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE: 

  • How Samantha got the nickname Bazzer
  • How to land jobs outside of your wheelhouse and leverage them for the next step
  • How Samantha answered the question “why don’t you have a master’s degree?”
  • How she is balancing the roles of ambitious professionals and dedicated mother
  • Does international education celebrate and support parents?
  • Samantha’s advice on how to stay in engaged in the field even if you’re not traveling and presenting at conferences
  • What EUSA is doing with universities to uplevel career-readiness of their participants and alumni
  • Balancing parenthood, career, and getting a master’s degree

 

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TODAY'S SPONSOR

This episode is brought to you by The Study Abroad Journal -The practical field guide for savvy study abroad students. Here’s the deal: having an epic experience abroad isn’t something that automatically happens. Simply going abroad isn’t going to impress future internship supervisors, grad school committees, employers, or even your parents.

What matters most is what you DID and achieved during your time abroad and how you’re able to articulate the value to specific audiences when you return. That’s where the Study Abroad Journal comes in. This physical journal helps you identify your goals, outline an action plan to meet those goals, and figure out how to share the value of what you learned when it’s all over.

The Journal helps you go from meh to epic and give you real return on your investment. To learn more and get your hands on a copy head over to thestudyabroadjournal.com and use code INSIDESA at checkout to save 10%. (And of course, there are discounts for any office and providers that would like to buy in bulk for your students. Just reach out and we’ll get you started!).

ISAP #20 - Dr. Mary Dwyer's Journey From Medical School Faculty To Study Abroad CEO

Mary Dwyer - Inside Study Abroad

Today on the podcast, I’m sharing an interview with Dr. Mary Dwyer, CEO of IES Abroad, one of our field's leading education abroad program providers. I was fascinated by Mary's unlikely journey from medical school faculty to study abroad CEO (without ever having studied abroad herself). 

Mary and I talk about the challenges facing women in work today and the strategies organizations can implement to support more more women in work and in leadership roles. We also discuss the value of hard work, showing up, and taking charge of your career trajectory. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How Mary went from medical school faculty to company CEO
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  • How Mary went from a life as a traditional faculty member in the academy to a CEO of one of the largest program providers in IE
  • Where she gained her initial international experience (hint: it wasn't through a traditional study abroad program)
  • The biggest challenges Mary faced when making the transition (and how her faculty colleagues reacted to the choice)
    • How Mary navigated the more “gentile” world of IE after a long career in the hyper-competitive, cut-throat environment of a Research I medical school
    • What Mary sees as the biggest challenges facing professional women in IE (and any industry) today
    • How IE organizations can support the growth of women in IE organizations
    • How the data sets gathered by IES each year can help professionals advocate for more resources in IE
    • The most important characteristic you need to be successful in your career
    • When talking about diversity in study abroad - where are all the men? And what IES is doing to support more men to study abroad

     

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    TODAY'S SPONSOR

    This episode is brought to you by The Study Abroad Journal -The practical field guide for savvy study abroad students. The Holidays are here my friends and if you have a person in your life who is getting ready to study abroad or go on a meaningful international experience, the best gift I can think of beside money, is a Study Abroad Journal. Seriously, guide books are available online. They already have an amazing camera in their smartphones. And luggage really isn’t a cool gift. But a Journal this is something that is highly relevant, unique, and is actually going to help them get amazing ROI from their experience.  The journal helps students identify their goals, outline an action plan to meet those goals, and figure out how to share the value of what they’ve learned when it’s all over. To learn more and get your hands on a copy head over to thestudyabroadjournal.com and use code INSIDESA at checkout to save 10%. (And of course, there are discounts for any office and providers that would like to buy in bulk for your students. Just reach out and we’ll get you started!).

    ISAP #19 - Challenges Launching A New International Ed Company, Empowering Young Women, & Career Hacks with Lisette Miranda

    Lisette Miranda - Inside Study Abroad

    Today on the show, I’m sharing an interview with Lisette Miranda, founder and CEO of PINC Internships which specializes in internships and immersion programs for female college students. Her model and approach to program design is deeply rooted in female empowerment, skill building, networking, and practical professional development.

    Lisette’s own international education story is one that will inspire both students and professionals on how drive, determination, and gumption can help you design the life you want….and how to figure out what you want through trial and error.

    This is one of my favorite conversations to date! Lisette is incredibly intelligent, driven, and is approaching her work with passion and heart. Thanks so much for coming on the show, Lisette!

     

    WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE:

    • How Lisette landed a full-time job in Spain right after college
    • Why Lisette focuses on skill building in programs abroad
    • How NOT studying abroad in college was a good choice for Lisette
    • Why her rule of “say yes to everything”* helped her establish her life in Madrid
    • How Lisette’s relationship building skills helped uplevel her career
    • Why she decided to start her own internship abroad company and how
    • How seeing program design deficits inspired her to create a better internship model
    • The best advice Lisette received for tackling her first NAFSA conference
    • How Lisette is capitalizing on Snapchat and Instagram Stories to grow her brand and build connection with prospective students

    *Within reason ;)

     

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    TODAY'S SPONSOR

    Today's episode is sponsored by Carpe Diem Education. Carpe Diem is a program provider specializing in small group experiential education semesters abroad. Their programs focus on community, cultural immersion, service learning, and adventure. Through a partnership with Portland State University, participants can receive college credit and financial aid. They offer two options for going abroad: a 3-month Group Semester or a Latitudes Year (3-month group semester plus an independent focused volunteer placement). Currently, Carpe Diem offers semesters in East Africa, India, Oceania, Southeast Asia, the Americas, Cuba, and here in the States their Indigenous America Program! You can learn more about Carpe Diem AT carpediemeducation.org  and let them know that Inside Study Abroad sent ya!

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