Careers

Graduates from Western Michigan University's global and international studies program are trained to think critically about the connections between global and local issues. They gain the interdisciplinary tools and perspectives to work toward solutions. Graduates may work in the corporate, government, health care, education or nonprofit sectors.

Upon graduation, our majors may take the following next steps in their career in:

  • Entry level positions in business, politics and government.
  • Graduate studies in many different fields, including urban planning, development studies and higher education administration.
  • Service work including Peace Corps and Teach for America.
  • Teaching English abroad.
  • Professional studies such as law school, medical and culinary school.

Career advising

Western Michigan University's office of Career and Student Employment Services is your partner for career development, offering one-on-one help in exploring career options. It is a great first stop for global and international studies majors and minors approaching graduation.

The career advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences is Karen Steeno. She offers twenty minute drop-in career advising sessions every Thursday in 2352 Friedmann Hall from 1-4:30 p.m. Whether you're just starting to think about what careers you're interested in or you're graduating and about to begin the job search, Karen has the tools, tips and tricks you need to be successful.

The global and international studies program also offers advising related to careers. Whether you are a first-year student exploring the major, a junior searching for an internship or a recent graduate looking for opportunities, our office looks forward to working with you.

Teaching English abroad

Do you plan to pursue a career in education?  Are you studying a foreign language in college? Do you have a passion for helping others? Or are you simply ready to live in another country? Teaching English abroad can be a good fit for your professional and personal goals!

Online resources

  • Transitions Abroad, a web-based magazine with articles on the TEFL job market, especially the January/February issue.
  • Dave’s ESL Café, run by Dave Sperling, this is an excellent website for EFL teachers.
  • GoAbroad.com, directory for teaching positions around the world -- educational opportunities, paid and volunteer international teaching positions, searchable by country.
  • Gooverseas.com, lists ELL/ESL teaching jobs and other resources.
  • Overseas digest, website for Americans living and working abroad.
  • Tie online, lists hundreds of international teaching jobs.
  • CELTA at Cambridge English, Cambridge offers a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (CELTA)

Qualifications

Most successful applicants to teach English abroad have a few of the following:

  • Proficiency in the host country language – or any foreign language
  • Experience living, traveling or studying abroad
  • Volunteer with international students
  • Classroom Teaching Experience
  • TESOL, TEFL, CELTA or some certification

Programs

Some of the programs offering opportunities to teach English abroad (WMU does not endorse particular programs):