Media Advisory: Intercultural skills can launch careers

According the British Council’s Culture at Work study, employers are under pressure to find workers who are not only academically qualified, but also culturally intelligent. They rank “respect for others” as the most highly desired soft skill for employees.

More than 280,000 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in 2013. Are these students able to show employers they’re ready to bring in international clients, work with diverse teams and lead in a global workplace?

This year, as part of the sixth annual Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE), a panel of Wake Forest experts will discuss how demonstrating a global mindset can help land a job. The panel will be held Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Winston-Salem.


  • Which cultural skills are most in demand from Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations;
  • How international experiences foster global thinking from Katharine Brooks, executive director of personal and career development and author of “You Majored in What?” and the Psychology Today Career Transitions blog; and
  • Why telling a good story is the best way to show an employer an awareness of cultural influence in the workplace from Carolyn Couch, associate director of career education and counseling.

During the three-day WISE conference, thought leaders from more than 150 institutions nationwide will share the latest research and information on what is working and what isn’t when it comes to preparing students for study abroad. A complete schedule of workshops and events is available here.

WISE will be held Feb 5-7 at the Marriott Hotel in Winston-Salem, 425 North Cherry St.  Speaker biographies are available on the WISE website. Media are welcome to attend all events.


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