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Students can learn about "Careers Around the Globe" Sept. 23-24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will provide students with the opportunity to explore careers in everything from global health and business to education and the Peace Corps without leaving the UI campus. A series of workshops, a reception, and specially designated booths at UI Careers Day will bring students together with employers who offer international job opportunities.

Both U.S. and international students can learn about "Careers Around the Globe" Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Iowa Memorial Union as part of the 1998 Careers Week at the UI. After an afternoon of seminars and workshops about international careers, students can meet with prospective employers the next day during UI Careers Day, Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge.

Cathie Yamilkoski, executive vice president of Rockwell International, will kick off the workshops with a keynote address, "Working in the Global Arena," at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 23 in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Yamilkoski will address a variety of topics including the ethics of working abroad, issues and barriers in international trade, international negotiations, cultural issues and power processes.

In addition to the keynote address, the afternoon will feature 11 concurrent workshop sessions. These sessions will offer students the opportunity to learn about careers in international business, health, education, engineering and governmental and non-profit organizations.

"The sessions will feature dynamic speakers and information-packed workshops where corporate representatives will link students to their future career in the international arena," says Liz Pearce of UI International Programs, one of the main organizers of the event. "I'm confident that students who have a definite, or even a vague interest in an international career will learn more about the career options available to them, and how to prepare themselves to become more competitive in the global marketplace."

Sessions include John Linn, international marketing director of Amano Corporation of Japan, speaking on international business and David Belini, manager of the Minneapolis Peace Corps Office, discussing non-profit opportunities abroad.

"We have deliberately sought experienced, knowledgeable and dynamic speakers for our sessions, speakers who know the UI and our student body and who are willing to tailor a program to the specific needs of this population," Pearce says.

New programming this year also includes sessions especially designed for international students. Luiz Lobo, a former UI student from Brazil, will give a speech to international students, entitled, "Working in the U.S.," at 1:30 p.m. in the IMU Penn State/Big 10 Room. Lobo, who graduated from the UI with a master's degree in instructional design, works as a television producer for Iowa Public Television.

There will also be an immigration session for international students that will explain how students can get permission for short-term work in the United States. In addition, four foreign students will lead a panel discussion about their experiences working in the United States.

A Pre-Careers Day International reception will be Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. This reception is designed to bring the international employers in touch with both U.S. and international students. Admission is free and food will be served.

Instead of holding a separate International Jobs Fair, Pearce says this year the decision was to invite employers with a global or international dimension to be part of the comprehensive UI Careers Day Thursday, Sept. 24 at the IMU.

"We have vigorously sought and encouraged international employers to attend the Careers Day," Pearce says, "including regional, national, and international employers." More than 40 employers who are interested in hiring students with international interests will be present. These employers will have a helium-filled globe balloon attached to their booths so they will be easy for students to spot. An estimated 205 employers will be on hand during Careers Day.

University of Iowa International Programs is coordinating Careers Around the Globe in cooperation with the following UI entities: The Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office; Career Development Services, The College of Business Administration; The College of Education; The College of Engineering; Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, Office of International Students and Scholars, Office for Study Abroad, The Office of the Vice-President for Health Services; and Special Support Services.

International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

(Editors Note: If you would like to cover any component of the Careers Around the Globe or interview any of the speakers in advance, please contact Lois Gray at 335-2026.)