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Scaling international studying & getting ready college students for the innovation financial system

Goodbye Mad Males, hey distant work

The times are lengthy gone the place the realities of labor appeared something like an episode of Mad Males. As a substitute, our college students are thrust into the innovation financial system the place they probably have a distant or hybrid place (or work with individuals who do). Their colleagues are scattered throughout the B1G and the G7. Time zone and cultural challenges are simply as frequent as Zoom conferences and inbox overload. Their favourite work “watercooler spot” is their firm’s “Youngsters & Pets” Slack channel. And at each flip, they’re engaged in groups and dealing on initiatives with folks and views vastly completely different from their very own.

Whereas the placement and construction of their work will range, the frequent attribute of innovation financial system roles is a broad range of interactions, challenges, and industries on a worldwide scale.

All jobs at the moment are each native AND international, concurrently.

The fashionable world of labor requires a dynamic integration of digital and intercultural competency expertise which are leveraged in overt and covert methods each single day.

And proper now, solely a small fraction of faculty graduates are ready for this actuality by way of research overseas.

Boundaries to international entry

With roughly 98% of scholars not served by conventional research overseas every year, we’re leaving 98% of the longer term college-educated workforce out within the chilly in the case of international and intercultural expertise crucial to a thriving profession. We’re all conscious of the first limitations to entry for aspiring research overseas individuals: time, location, period, dwelling obligations, value, and lack of ROI are cited as the largest limiting elements for these college students.

“We’re all conscious of the first limitations to entry for aspiring research overseas individuals”

What if there was a technique to put together college students with in-demand digital expertise, high quality office experiences, and intercultural competencies invaluable to any business or discipline – all whereas incomes credit score in direction of their diploma and at a fraction of the price of conventional research overseas and internships?

And what in case you might ship it at scale to tons of of 1000’s of scholars every year?

Feels like a pipe dream.

However at Podium Schooling, that’s precisely what we’ve constructed.

Silicon Valley meets international studying

Over the previous three years, we’ve introduced collectively world class intercultural competency researchers, modern initiatives from international enterprise giants, and the know-how of Silicon Valley to construct The International Tech Expertise (GTX).

The International Tech Expertise sits on the intersection of internships and research overseas, permitting college students to acquire real-world simulated work expertise by tackling international enterprise issues with friends from over 40 international locations.

Most of us are conversant in the COIL (Collaborative On-line Worldwide Studying) mannequin of on-line international studying during which two or extra courses at completely different universities accomplice to present college students the chance to collaborate throughout cultures and be taught crucial communication expertise. Sadly, conventional COIL packages are restricted to college curiosity and the variety of college students in any given class.

Now think about if college curiosity and sophistication measurement have been not limiting elements. What if a digital-first  program was developed by world class on-line studying designers, digital expertise consultants, and intercultural competency students AND the variety of college students engaged in this system was limitless.

Sounds too good to be true, however our 50+ accomplice universities will inform you it’s 100% actual.

Inside The International Tech Expertise, college students enrol in a 10-12 week, for-credit digital experiential studying program that teaches two seemingly disparate expertise: utilized technical expertise and intercultural competence in each asynchronous and synchronous studying environments.

From the time they enrol in GTX to their remaining day in this system, college students are supported by a passionate educating staff of Program Advisors, Success Coaches and Staff Leads.

Right here’s how this system works: After asynchronously watching Hollywood-level video lesson content material that teaches a particular idea or matter, college students take part in a weekly International LiveLab – a high-energy digital classroom expertise that feels much less like a normal Zoom session and extra like your favorite Peloton class.

College students are grouped into digital groups with friends from over 40 international locations to unravel international issues utilising the tech and intercultural expertise they’ve realized that week. By way of this mannequin, they have interaction with organisations like UNESCO, Netflix and Spotify and take part in real-world intercultural simulations that present alternatives to apply these high-stress expertise in a low-stakes setting.

International influence at scale 

As a result of we leverage know-how to ship this system at scale, we’re on observe to offer entry to The International Tech Expertise to 1 million college students by the tip of 2023.

Sure. You learn that proper.

Past the large-scale entry to GTX, we’re additionally dedicated to outsized pupil success and satisfaction with this system. Up to now, 94% of program alumni would suggest The International Tech Expertise to a buddy or colleague and 99% report that they honestly realized a brand new tech ability that may put together them for his or her profession.

Much more impressively, earlier than starting this system, solely 42% of our college students agree that intercultural expertise are necessary of their profession – however after finishing this system, 98% agree and strongly agree that these expertise will play a significant position of their future profession success.

We imagine The International Tech Expertise is the following core program mannequin for the way forward for international greater training. It’s the one program mannequin that may really ship on the promise of internationalisation at scale – a worldwide expertise that teaches intercultural and in-demand tech expertise whereas offering the real-world work expertise that prepares college students for a extremely aggressive profession and job market.
Whether or not they’re in Lisbon, Lima, or Lawrence, Kansas, GTX alumni are ready for the worldwide actuality of the innovation financial system and positioned for thriving careers.

Are you able to ship AT SCALE on the promise of internationalisation? Be taught extra about The International Tech Expertise and be part of us for a webinar on November 16 or request a demo.

About the authors: This can be a sponsored put up by Brooke Roberts & Chris Parrish.

Brooke is Director of Companion Advertising and marketing at Podium Schooling. Earlier than becoming a member of Podium, Brooke constructed a 20-year profession in worldwide training. She’s the founding father of Inside Examine Overseas, the premiere profession growth platform and podcast for subsequent technology international educators. Beforehand, she served as Director of Worldwide Schooling at Johnson County Group School, Senior Vice President of, Director of Operations & Advising for International Educators/CISabroad, and founding director of worldwide studying on the College of South Dakota. Join with Brooke on LinkedIn


 Chris is Co-Founder and President of Partnerships on the main experiential studying firm, Podium Schooling. At Podium, Chris led the launch of The International Tech Expertise, an business redefining digital program that permits college students to develop each intercultural and tech expertise by engaged on international initiatives from organizations like NetFlix, AirBnB and UNESCO. Podium presently companions with 52 universities the world over and can help 10,000 college students in 2022. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inside Increased Ed and TechCrunch. Chris and Podium are based mostly in Austin, TX. Contact Chris at and join on LinkedIn



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