Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development

By Sherry L. Muller; Mark Overmann | Go to book overview
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Conclusion
It's Not a Small World after All

Everyone has a story that proves how small our world has become. Sherry once ran into a former colleague she worked with in Washington, D.C., and hadn't seen in years in a Moscow department store. Mark bumped into a classmate whom he hadn't seen for years from his university located in South Bend, Indiana, on the steps of Sacre-Coeur in Paris. When a chance encounter like this occurs, when we see someone who lives close to home in a place so far away, we all have a tendency to exclaim, “What a small world!”

Yet, these chance encounters aside, the reality is that it's not a small world after all. Rather, the world of the individual has simply grown enormously. Each of us is coping with so much more information today than ever before. Most of us encounter far more people and places than our grandparents ever dreamed about. When we are transported by the Internet, television, or cell phone to other countries and continents, we are not any closer to these places than we were before. Instead, the size of our individual world, measured by the amount of information and experiences we have access to, has grown exponentially.

The consequence of this for your job search and career development is that there are more roads than ever before that you can take. There is so much more information available to help you learn about those avenues. One of the realizations we came to during our collaboration on this book is just how huge the world of the job seeker has become, how much information is out there for you to sift through and evaluate. While editing the lists of resources contained in part II, we found ourselves amazed by the sheer volume of it all. Career websites and books, job boards and search engines, long lists of organizations, more acronyms than you could ever care to decipher—the amount of information was daunting. And we are the first to admit that the information contained in this

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