According to Stacie Berdan, an expert in international careers and award-winning author, it’s imperative that college students have global experience.
“You still have an opportunity while you’re on campus to broaden your global mindset,” Berdan said in her lecture, “Launching Your Global Career,” which took place Tuesday in the Ferris Lounge.
Berdan, who speaks frequently to college students, argued that one of the most important things to do is to develop an awareness and appreciation for the outside world. According to her, it’s not that hard.
“Going global is easy to do if you put your mind to it,” Berdan said.
The lecture, sponsored dually by the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies and the Bastian Family Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development, encouraged students to start thinking about global careers now, by studying abroad, learning new languages and networking.
She also discussed the importance of social media and its impact on the world, both socially and professionally.
“If you know how to do [social media] socially, use it to paint your image professionally,” she said.
She challenged students to hone careers and skill sets while they’re still students, but focused on the enthusiasm and drive that must accompany these skills.
“We live in an interconnected global world, and in order to be a full participant in the global world, you must be open to it,” she said. “You can see things around the world. You can do it, but you have to have the desire.”