Posted by: Kristin | October 21, 2010

Be a Better Manager – Live Abroad

Just read this interesting article, in the September 2010 issue of the Harvard Business Review called “Be a Better Manager: Live Abroad”.   New research demonstrates how people who live abroad have greater problem-solving and creative skills and therefore make better entrepreneurs and managers.  In Europe, where the concept of the “Gap Year” (spending a year abroad between high school and college) has long been encouraged, I’ve been told that most employers already hold this belief about the benefits of hiring folks who have lived abroad.

In the USA, attitudes are slowly changing, but the cultural context here does not especially value time abroad.  We, at OneWorld Now!, are strongly advocating on behalf of institutionalizing the “Gap Year” concept for young Americans.  In our country, where less than 1% of high school students and 1% of college students study abroad, we have a long ways to go towards building this Gap Year movement.   Furthermore, the majority of these youth who do study abroad are Caucasian and come from privileged families.   We at OWN are committed to making these study abroad experiences accessible to all students, as we are doing now!

 

 

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