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Connecting International Education to the Global Workforce

Global Professional Search Inc. (GPS) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are partnering to connect young professionals from the U.S. and around the world to global enterprises that seek employees with language ability, experience living and studying abroad, and the critical and creative skills acquired through cultural immersion.

This collaboration unites organizations with distinctive capabilities around a shared goal. GPS is a woman-owned, job-matching service that specializes in sourcing and evaluating candidates with global competencies, differentiating itself with unprecedented access to global talent. In addition to industry-specific knowledge, GPS candidates possess foreign language proficiency, overseas experience, and regional expertise. Moreover, GPS is driven by research that directly correlates study abroad and language immersion with a global mindset and the most sought-after soft skills that employers desire. The growing demand for these particular skills is affirmed by increasing emphasis placed in today’s job postings on leadership, resiliency, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving capability, etc.

“GPS is building one of the most exclusive pools of global talent. Employers engage GPS to hire candidates with proven language proficiency and cultural competency, in addition to technical expertise. The research affirms why employers return– they also view our candidates as superior performers. We are excited to partner with IIE to identify candidates with global competencies and match them with the employers that value these skills,” remarks Kirsten Brecht Baker, GPS’s CEO and Co-Founder.

IIE is a globally-recognized, not-for-profit organization with almost 100 years of experience in providing international education strategies and program services. IIE’s exchange, training, and leadership programs support students, teachers, researchers, and professionals in developing global skills. A worldwide leader with hundreds of thousands of alumni in over 180 countries, IIE has witnessed the positive impact that overseas experience has on personal and professional development. Furthering its mission, IIE launched its Generation Study Abroad campaign in 2014 to increase the number of American students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020.

According to IIE’s President and CEO Allan E. Goodman, “International education prepares today’s students for the global workforce and equips them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. Matching individuals who have studied abroad with employers who seek these skills benefits both employers and the professionals they hire, and will help companies to develop talent worldwide.”

© 2016 Courtesy of Global Professional Search Inc. Global Professional Search Inc. & Institute of International Education are members of EACCNY