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Career Ahead

Prepare for your future with CareerAhead

At the International Study Center ‭(ISC) we care about your academic ‭success, as well as your career once you ‭graduate. With your future career ‭in mind, we have integrated a new ‭careers service into our academic ‭courses at the ISC, called CareerAhead.‬‬‬‬‬‬

What does CareerAhead do?

CareerAhead is designed to give you ‭a head start in today’s competitive ‭graduate employment market by ‭helping you become a confident, ‭highly skilled and extremely ‭employable graduate. We will ‭guide you toward making the right ‭choices and using your time at ‭the James Madison University productively, so that you can maximize ‭your chances of success in the ‭competitive job market.‬‬‬‬‬‬

How it works

Stage 1: When you arrive at the ISC

During the first semester at the ISC, you will complete a skills ‭assessment questionnaire, ‭similar to the one used by ‭graduate employers. This will help ‭you think about the skills you ‭already have, such as planning ‭and organizing. The results will ‭form the basis of your personal ‭career development plan.‬‬‬‬‬‬

‬‬Stage 2: During your ISC course

As part of your course at the ‭ISC, you will get an opportunity ‭to develop key employability ‭skills, such as leadership and ‭organization, that can easily ‭be transferred to a professional ‭working environment. ‭You will develop the skills to write ‭a resume and a personal statement ‭that will make you stand out from ‭the crowd, and you will be able ‭to improve your presentation ‭and interview skills too. ‭We will also work with you in the ‭classroom, small groups and on ‭an individual basis, to build your ‭personal career development plan ‭– a unique set of assignments that ‭are relevant to your chosen career.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Stage 3: When you continue your degree at James Madison University

During your studies at James Madison University, you will complete the ‭assignments set out in your ‭personal career development plan. ‭This will ensure that you graduate ‭not only with a globally recognized ‭degree, but also with the right ‭skills to secure a fantastic job ‭in your chosen future career.‬‬‬‬‬‬