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Global Employers Reexamine the Relevance of Study Abroad

GPS and AIFS Partner to Provide the Workforce with Global Skills

EACC NY Member Global Professional Search Inc. (GPS) and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) are partnering to provide study abroad alumni from around the world with access to jobs with global employers that value not only their global mindset but also the regional and cultural expertise acquired.

“Employers worldwide have increasingly adopted a more international business model. With clients, suppliers, manufacturers, and staff now in different countries, they recognize that quality global talent has become a necessity to compete in the global marketplace. GPS sources exceptional candidates with cultural intelligence and the ability to speak multiple languages and dialects,” states Kirsten Brecht Baker, GPS’s CEO and Co-Founder.

1 in 3 U.S. medium and large-sized companies have international operations and/or serve multilingual and multicultural clientele. 93% seek “employees who work effectively with businesses from different countries and cultures,” reported in the MSU – JNCL 2014 Recruiting Trends Survey on Global Talent. As a woman-owned, job-matching service, GPS specializes in sourcing and evaluating candidates with these global competencies. GPS differentiates itself with unprecedented access to global talent—candidates possessing foreign language, overseas experience, and industry expertise.

AIFS is a natural cultivator of these global competencies. Since 1964, AIFS has provided high-quality educational and cultural exchange programs–with more than 5,000 study abroad participants a year– to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world. Over 1.5 million people from nearly 1,500 colleges and universities have participated in AIFS programs.

According to Angela Manginelli, Director of Alumni Relations at AIFS, this partnership is a benefit to study abroad participants looking for international opportunities. “After studying abroad, so many of our alumni are interested in returning overseas for a portion of their career and seek positions at domestic companies that value their international experiences. I am especially excited about partnering with GPS for the opportunity to help our alumni as they develop their careers with access to a worldwide network of employers and employment opportunities. I am hopeful that many of our alumni will take advantage of this service.”

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• Elena Gryadovkina, Global Professional Search | inquiries[at] | 202-302-3824

• Mike Liberty, AIFS | mliberty[at] | 203-399-5187

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