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Do Educational Experiences in a Foreign Country Advance One's Career?

Date 20 Jan 2017

That depends. At least, this can be verified for the amount of income. The BiB researchers Stine Waibel, Dr. Heiko Rüger, Dr. Andreas Ette and Dr. Lenore Sauer analysed the current state of research for the latest issue of Educational Research Review.

Today, studying abroad and gaining international experience has become a normal and taken-for-granted part of educational pathways in advanced societies (e.g. Erasmus). At the same time, so-called “transnational education mobility” has increasingly been linked to better labor market chances in political and public discourses. Yet, researchers as well as practitioners have repeatedly complained that arguments about the employment benefits of transnational educational mobility go along with limited empirical evidence.

In the current issue of the Educational Research Review, Stine Waibel, Dr. Heiko Rüger, Dr. Andreas Ette and Dr. Lenore Sauer provide a systematic review of scattered empirical findings on the career consequences of transnational educational mobility.

Higher income but no better career entry

This synthesis suggests a moderate positive effect of transnational educational mobility on achieved income after graduation, while there is no evidence that graduates with transnational experience in general transition into employment with more ease. Moreover, individual and situational factors will moderate the employment impact of transnational educational mobility.

Educational Research Review is an international journal focusing on issues of importance to education. It publishes high-quality state-of-the-art papers, theoretical papers, meta-analytic research reviews, narrative reviews and best-evidence syntheses, research critiques, forum papers, methodological reviews and thematic reviews.

Stine Waibel, Heiko Rüger, Andreas Ette, Lenore Sauer (2017): Career consequences of transnational educational mobility: A systematic literature review. In: Educational Research Review 20 (2017): 81-98

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