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Congratulations on your recent voyage abroad!  We know you are excited and brimming with stories of your experiences abroad and insights into your host country’s culture.  Might you be looking for a captive audience with whom to share those experiences, or are you seeking new ways to study, travel, or work abroad again?  If so, then we invite you to attend the Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at Cal State University, Long Beach!

Check out photos from past LFA LA conferences!

Conference highlights include:

  • Meeting other recent study abroad returnees from all over Southern California
  • Hearing from dynamic and motivating keynote speakers
  • Learning how to talk about your newly acquired global skills in a job interview
  • Discovering how you can work or study abroad after graduation
  • Networking with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs
  • Staying connected to and sharing stories about your study abroad experience

This is a great opportunity to network with other students and professionals.  We ask that you dress business casual and bring several copies of your resume.

 

Registration

Online registration is now open! Register Now (students, exhibitors/staff, and sponsors)

 

Conference Schedule

Time Session Location
10:00-10:30am Check-in & Registration Exhibit Exhibit Hall
10:30-10:40am   Welcome & Networking Exhibit Exhibit Hall
10:40-11:30am   Plenary Session & Le Retour        Exhibit Exhibit Hall
11:30a-12:30p Networking Lunch & Opportunities Fair Exhibit Exhibit Hall
12:40-1:25p         CONCURRENT SESSIONS I: Go Abroad Again: Work, Teach & Volunteer Overseas (TBD)How can you go abroad again? This session will explore a variety of options for you to do just that. Gain insight from personal testimonials about how you can work, teach and/or volunteer abroad after graduation and how to fund these international opportunities.
  Graduate School Options at Home & Abroad (TBD)
Thinking about graduate school? Think Global! This session will cover graduate school programs in the U.S. and discuss the variety of graduate options available abroad. Potential sources of funding will also be discussed.
  Showcasing Your Experience: Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews (Courtyard)
This is an interactive session with practical advice for job seekers. Learn how your study abroad experience can help you distinguish yourself from the competition and land that job!
  Travel Blogging & Journalism (TBD)
Did you keep a blog while you were studying abroad? Are you interested in combining your passions for writing and international travel? This session will feature a panel of travel journalists who will talk about their own international experiences and how they have developed their blogs into successful travel journalism experiences.
1:30-2:15p CONCURRENT SESSIONS II: Go Abroad Again: Work, Teach & Volunteer Overseas (TBD)
How can you go abroad again? This session will explore a variety of options for you to do just that. Gain insight from personal testimonials about how you can work, teach and/or volunteer abroad after graduation and how to fund these international opportunities.
  Showcasing Your Experience: Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews (Courtyard)
This is an interactive session with practical advice for job seekers. Learn how your study abroad experience can help you distinguish yourself from the competition and land that job!
  Young Professionals & the Field of International Education (TBD)
Do you want to turn promoting study abroad into your profession? Come listen to stories from professionals in the field of International Education who turned their international interests into a rewarding career. This session will also discuss some of the challenges young professionals face and explore career development, leadership roles, networking, and opportunities for professional and educational growth.
  International Careers: Making Your Dream Job a Reality (TBD)
How can you launch your global career? This session will feature professionals who have successfully launched their own internationally-focused careers or advise students on how to do so. Panelists will share their stories and advice about domestic jobs with international travel options, options for living and working abroad full-time, the realities of launching an international career and how you can brand yourself to better navigate the global job search.
2:15-2:45p BREAK  
2:45-3:30p CONCURRENT SESSIONS III: Graduate School Options at Home & Abroad (TBD)
Thinking about graduate school? Think Global! This session will cover graduate school programs in the U.S. and discuss the variety of graduate options available abroad. Potential sources of funding will also be discussed.
  Living an Internationally Focused Life: Taking Action at Home (TBD)
You’ve just had an amazing experience abroad, now what do you do? Your connection to the global community doesn’t have to end upon your return to the U.S. This is a highly interactive session featuring study abroad alumni who have been inspired by their international experiences to take action on their home campuses and in their communities. At the end of this workshop you will have a set of new ideas for how you can be involved in projects and initiatives that will help you connect to the international at home and build your professional portfolio to set you apart in the highly competitive job market.
  International Careers: Making Your Dream Job a Reality (TBD)
How can you launch your global career? This session will feature professionals who have successfully launched their own internationally-focused careers or advise students on how to do so. Panelists will share their stories and advice about domestic jobs with international travel options, options for living and working abroad full-time, the realities of launching an international career and how you can brand yourself to better navigate the global job search.
  International Research & Fellowships (TBD)
Did your experience abroad spark questions that you are yearning to answer? Are you looking to enhance your resume and launch yourself as a successful graduate? Engage in faculty-mentored research on campus or apply for post-graduate research opportunities abroad! Integrating research after your study abroad experience significantly enhances & extends your learning and will give you that competitive edge in future job searches and/or graduate school applications. This session will address the benefits, process, and funding opportunities for conducting research in the U.S. or abroad.
3:40-4:00p Photo Contest, Raffle, Closing

 

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We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email us at losangeles@lessonsfromabroad.org

The Lessons From Abroad Los Angeles Planning Committee