Professional Development

Illustration of woman speaking at lectern with armload of talk bubbles (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

If you are afraid of public speaking, read this

At some point, everyone needs to speak in front of an audience of one or more with some kind of goal. Here are some helpful tips from an expert.
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In global markets, helping the local economy is good business

Westrock Coffee Company, Acrow Bridge and other U.S. companies believe that helping local communities when they invest overseas is good business.
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Why wait for a job? These young people create business opportunities...

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in the Middle East, where nearly half the population is under 25 and youth unemployment hovers around 30 percent.
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Egyptian ingenuity attracts investment and mentors

Global partners who believe in the power of Egyptian entrepreneurship have helped startups, such as e-waste recycler RecycloBekia, overcome challenges.

Game on: How one woman guides Pakistan’s future developers

Sadia Bashir founded PixelArt Games Academy to give young game makers in Pakistan the chance to learn from experienced professionals.

Do you teach English? These programs can help inspire your students.

The best English-teaching programs emphasize the power of the human connection — the principle behind a trio of State Department programs.

Business schools bridge classrooms and real-life work

A growing number of U.S. business schools today offer a combination of instruction and learning that is hands-on, entrepreneurial and global.
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No Internet? Take an online course offline…at MOOC Camp

Massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) let anyone with an Internet connection access university courses from around the world. But what if you...
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A million lunches, no errors: What U.S. business schools teach

Do good business practices translate from one country to another? Professors in the United States think so, and regularly use non-American examples in their coursework....