Greetings from Getxo, Spain!
I am spending the first three weeks of June teaching International Management through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in Bilbao, Spain, and four weeks from late June through July teaching International Organizational Behavior in London through the University of Nevada, Reno. Although the program is officially in Bilbao, all students and faculty live in the coastal city of Getxo, Spain and study at The University of The Basque Country.
Make it priority to study abroad while you are in college. It is one of the best things you can do to enhance your educational experience and broaden your personal perspective, and that is all good for your personal brand.
It looks great on a resume to have experience living and studying abroad. Blog entries from your time abroad will document your experience and provide a future employer with evidence of the richness and value of your experience.
There are students here from all over the U.S. In my class, there are students from California State University, Chico, The University of California, Berkeley, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Queens College in New York City. Some are living with host families while others are sharing apartments with either other students from the US or Spanish students.
Some are studying Spanish while here and others are taking regular courses and like me speak very little Spanish. All of us are having a great time getting out of our comfort zones and experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Spain.
Your university should have a study abroad program, so check it out! If for some reason your university does not, there are several other options (e.g. USAC) that are open to students from any university. It’s a remarkable experience, which makes it an opportunity to make your personal brand even more remarkable.
Bret Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and personal branding to both undergraduate and MBA students. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Bret practices personal branding at his website Positive Organizational Behavior where he blogs about leadership, followership, and personal branding. His purpose is “to change your mind about the value of partnering with others to build healthy, responsible organizations where everyone can thrive.” You can also find Bret on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.