- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: SNB Media LLC (March 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983943915
- ISBN-13: 978-0983943914
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad Paperback – March 9, 2012
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" The author, Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, is wonderfully knowledgeable about her subject. " - Steve Finikiotis
Berdan "provides top tips for dealing with a global world" - US News
From the Author
I'm happy that you're here because it means you're considering a global career in this brave new international age. Whether you're a high school student, undergrad or grad student, or already have your degree and a few years of professional experience to your credit, you've come to the right place to arm yourself with the most up-to-date, strategic advice and practical tips on what it means to go global.
I wrote this book to help you navigate your way through the maze of an international career.
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Go Global! looks at the entire process of planning a career in another country and ensuring your qualifications will support you (and you have the right type of personality) to giving you the best shot of success once you reach your goal. The content is useful regardless of whether you're a student or seasoned professional so if you're contemplating a global career or already in the middle of one, there's plenty of material that can be put to good use.
I liked the mix of advice, success stories and multimedia links that help break up the topics and drive home some of the key points. Overall, it covers a considerable amount of ground and should be essential reading if working abroad appeals to you.
Stacie draws from her own experience to give practical, step-by-step advice. She worked for a top global public relations firm in Hong Kong for many years, during which she gained the skills and experience to skip several levels on the corporate ladder. This is her second book about international careers. Her first book, Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Woman's Guide to Fast-Track Career Success, was published in 2007.
(And GoGlobal is only five bucks! That's the price of one cocktail in a college bar! Consider it a cocktail with Stacie Berdan and her network of international professionals.)
Some of my favorite tidbits from GoGlobal!:
- You can launch an international career at home. You don't have to move to another country, since the modern world of work is packed with international connections.
- Take an honest look at your own personality, to make sure you're ready for the cross-cultural challenges of working in an international environment. To build your global mindset, study foreign languages, read foreign news, and watch movies from other countries.
- Avoid taking on debt. Debt limits your career options, at home or overseas. There are many ways to gain global experience without going into debt.
- As you prepare to apply for international jobs, begin by defining your global brand. From this you can craft an elevator pitch, cover letter, resume and online presence. I particularly like Stacie's sequential, non-intimidating process, and suggestion to begin a resume with a Qualifications section that describes your value proposition and 4-5 memorable bullet points.
- Dismal events can lead to career opportunities. Uprisings in the Middle East led to new opportunities for communications firms like Twitter. The tsunami in Japan created new opportunities for construction firms. Both good news and bad news influence the international job market.
The book is packed with links to YouTube videos, personal anecdotes from about a dozen internationally-minded folks ranging from students to top executives, and invitations to email Stacie Berdan directly.
The book's final chapter, "Navigating the Pathways to China," is by Rebecca Weiner, who has 27 years of experience as a "Zhongguotong" (China hand.) Rebecca describes China's bifurcated job market, which has plenty of entry-level opportunities to teach English and gain experience as a young professional, and plenty of jobs for experienced managers (some of which include drivers and villas, the "full expat package") but fewer choices for mid-level professionals.
Rebecca encourages anyone who aspires to work in China to:
- work hard and be ready to learn, adjust, and reflect
- differentiate yourself by emphasizing your creativity and innovation (these are obsessions of modern Chinese corporate culture, and they are not at all emphasized in the Chinese educational system)
- meet other expats, but don't exclusively hang out with them
- and more!
I especially recommend this book because it outlines many of the steps I have taken in my own career.
I majored in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of my degree, I studied abroad in Chile for a full year. This program gave me the opportunity to intern with a microfinance non-profit and volunteer in a shantytown library. All my classes were 100% in Spanish.
When I graduated in 2006, I decided to move to China to teach English at a university in Jiaxing, a "small town" of a million people near Shanghai. This has been by far the most random decision of my life. Within three months, with no specialized training, I transformed myself from a student of Latin America to a teacher in China. I enjoyed leading debates and skits in the classroom, and I think I learned more from my students than they did from me. Over the next four years, I worked in a wide range of industries in Shanghai and Beijing -- advertising, consulting, corporate social responsibility, marketing, and more -- all while learning Chinese.
In mid-2011 I was ready to revisit my interest in Latin America, and I found a wonderful opportunity. I moved to Chile in July of 2011 to join a solar energy startup and participate in Start-Up Chile, an entrepreneurship program sponsored by the Chilean government. Alongside this solar energy project, I have recently launched my own China-Chile-California consultancy, Tricontinental Advisors.
I mention all of this to show you that it IS possible to build an international career. It all starts with developing a global mindset, learning foreign languages, and figuring out how you, with your unique skills and interests, can best contribute to the global marketplace.
And the best place to begin is by reading Stacie Berdan's GoGlobal! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad. Download it today!
Note: this review originally appeared on Ms. Career Girl: [...]
~The Rebecca Review
Stacie draws on her own real-world experience to give practical, easy-to-follow advice. There's no better advice than from someone who has been there and done it -- and she has. She credits working overseas with her becoming a vice president at one of the world's largest PR firms at age 27. Who wouldn't want follow in those footsteps?
Here's my Go Global! highlight reel:
1. The idea that you don't have to move out of the country to create an international career for yourself.
2. Stacie's realistic, step-by-step process for nailing your elevator pitch, cover letter, resume and online presence.
3. Go where the jobs are.
4. Don't forget about public and nonprofit sectors.
5. You can't ignore China!
The book's last chapter, which is written by Rebecca Weiner, who has 20+ years of experience in China, is worth the price of the book all on its own. Rebecca gives a lot of good detail on the realities of China's "bifurcated" job market, which has plenty of entry-level opportunities for expats and jobs for experienced managers, but not nearly as many job options for mid-level professionals. For entry-level pros looking to work in China, she emphasizes the importance of highlighting your personal creativity and innovation -- two things that are in high demand amongst Chinese employers, but in scarce supply amongst graduates of Chinese schools.
The book is a great bargain at about $5.00. Stacie has done a great job of packing this ebook with value-added content, including YouTube videos and links to great resources on the web for international career builders.