The Global Employer Relations Team (which is a unit within the Co-op and Career Development department) recently trekked to Thailand and Vietnam to meet with prospective employers to recruit and create job opportunities for all students so they are able to participate in Global Co-op experiences. The trip was a great success! The employers our team visited were well aware and familiar with Northeastern, which shows that we truly are a global institution! Job opportunities were developed and more are being nurtured. Building these opportunities for Northeastern students take a lot of time to cultivate, sometimes it can be up to two years before an employer is fully engaged and ready to come on board as a co-op employer.
So, now that you have a little insider information to how much effort and time goes into developing co-op relationships, I would like to share my exciting travels to Southeast Asia and what I experienced! Here are a few highlights!
Wow! What an amazing city. This is a robust location with great visibility for Northeastern and new co-op opportunities (you can check out jobs in NUcareers.) Pictured above is my visit to a start-up company in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we have a co-op student from D’Amore-McKim starting his job in January 2017.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I met with the President of Cotecco Construction, who happens to be an NU parent too! Cotecco is the largest construction company in the region. With a growing economy and ambitious workforce, Vietnam is a very desirable destination and has been for a couple years now. Northeastern is well represented at Cotecco and here we are with the NU parent, NU alumnus, and current D’Amore-McKim co-op student.
Top Ten Reasons to Consider a Co-op in Southeast Asia:
- Incredible co-op and home country opportunities AND no language requirements (English speaking country)
- Many employers provide a small stipend and offer free lunch (with a chef on staff too)
- The dollar goes a long way – which is great for living expenses and traveling opportunities
- Robust Northeastern Alumni Communities in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
- Multinationals are there (leverage your US co-op with offices here such as Reebok Vietnam or Wunderman Thailand to name a few examples)
- Amazing cultural experience
- Build your resume and boost your LinkedIn profile
- Pad Thai and Spring Rolls (and special sauce)
- Innovative spirit
- The People! The People!
It is our brilliant student population (you!) and diversity across our institution that is the main driver of why prospective employers quickly become engaged in the co-op program. The co-op program is our special sauce, allowing employers to attract top talent early in the recruiting pipeline process. For this reason, we have selected ten partners to participate in the February 2017 Career Fair, as part of a new Global Corner. So mark your calendar for February 2, 12Pm to 4PM! Be sure to introduce yourself to these employers and add Southeast Asia to your co-op bucket list!
Alane De Luca oversees the Global Employer Relations team and global lead-generation initiatives within Career Development and Cooperative Education. She comes to Northeastern with 25+ years of experience working in the international education arena. Alane’s passion for global experiential learning began when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where she worked alongside NGO’s and native Senegalese in rural parts of northern Senegal. Upon returning to the states, she assumed a position funded by the United States Agency for International Development focusing on initiatives set forth by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and administered at Northeastern. She also has experience directing global and experiential learning programs within academia at Merrimack College, Salem State University, Suffolk University Law School, and Saint Anselm College. She is a dual citizen of Italy, holds an M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross.