CAPA International Education CEO Shares Advice About Getting Into International Education Field Based on His 20+ Years of Experience

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John Christian, CEO of CAPA International Education, shares 7 tips for those considering getting a job in the international Education/Study Abroad Field, drawing on his 20+ years of experience.

John Christian, president and CEO fo CAPA International Education

Just because you’ve had a study abroad experience doesn’t mean you qualify or should even work in study abroad, we’ve moved beyond that.

CAPA International Education’s president and CEO, John Christian, shared tips for those looking to get into the study abroad field based on his over 20 years of experience. These comments were captured in an interview that Christian conducted with Inside Study Abroad, a blog hosted by Brooke Roberts, dedicated to all things study abroad.

“Just because you’ve had a study abroad experience doesn’t mean you qualify or should even work in study abroad, we’ve moved beyond that,” shares Christian. “There are so many other things that are required of those that are considering going into this field.”

According to Christian, he offers the following advice to those looking to get into Study Abroad:

  •     Enthusiasm in the field is not enough: You must show an intellectual interest as well as a skill set
  •     Read about it: Immerse yourself in all things study abroad, know how it works, what there is to offer, and trends in the industry
  •     Engage at the conference level: If you can afford it, go to conferences about study abroad to gain a wider perspective
  •     Go online: If you can’t afford to attend conferences, go online and investigate the sites of conferences, read presentations, blogs etc.
  •     Understand The Standards of Good Practice in Study Abroad: The Forum of Education Abroad, the only organization whose exclusive purpose is to serve the field of education abroad, has a section entitled “The Standards of Good Practice in Study Abroad” that anyone going into the field should familiarize themselves with.
  •     Blog or write an article about it: If you’ve got something to say about Study Abroad, share it on your blog or write an article that can be shared on another blog or by a study abroad media outlet. Potential employers like people in this field who are constantly thinking and challenging ideas.
  •     Networking: Good old fashioned networking still works. Good things can happen when you make networking a priority.

To view Christian’s full interview at Inside Study Abroad where he details his personal experience and the opportunity to give back to SUNY Oswego, please visit; or to obtain more detail or schedule an interview with Mr. Christian, please contact thartman(at)aloftgroup(dot)com.

About CAPA International Education
CAPA International Education has been a global leader for innovative academic learning abroad since 1972. By providing a self-driven, self-selecting and self-identifying experience, CAPA International Education enables the student to be in charge of defining their international learning experience and what it will incorporate. With both individual and group based study abroad programs, CAPA delivers quality experiential education across the globe. With programs located on four continents in seven countries, students are taught using a tested and proven educational program called MyEducation which blends theme based classroom learning and experiential learning to give students the context they need to expand their understanding of the world in which they live. For more information, please visit

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