When you return home you will enter the re-entry phase of cultural adjustment. Some people are surprised to discover that resuming
life at home is not as easy as they thought it would be. Just be aware
that you may feel uneasy when you return home and that it is very normal
to feel this way. Allow yourself some time to adjust.
Remember the cultural adjustment curve from pre-departure orientation?
Settling In & Staying Involved
You may want to use the techniques you found helpful in making the adjustment to life in a foreign country (the re-adjustment process to life at home is very similar to the cultural adjustment process in a foreign country). However, if you are having trouble coping and need someone to talk to, consider contacting the Counseling Center
For many people, the process of re-entry is greatly eased by sharing the overseas experience with others who have lived, traveled or studied abroad. People interested in going abroad will likely want to meet you and talk to you as well. There are more than 500 international students on the CMU campus from over 50 countries - you may find comfort in spending time with someone from the country in which you studied. Ways to Stay Involved
Modern employers are looking for employees with an international perspective, knowledge of other cultures, and cross-cultural skills. Your study abroad experience can give you an edge in a competitive job market. Check out the resources below to learn how to leverage your study abroad experience on your resume, cover letters, and in job interviews.
For more information, visit CMU Career Services in Ronan 240.
External (non-CMU) Career Development Resources