Washington, New York and Bloomington rarely are included in the same sentence, let alone mentioned together in national reports about places that serve as “springboards” for peoples’ international careers.
But in a report released on Monday, LinkedIn – the world’s largest professional network — announced that Bloomington is one of the top U.S. cities for launching the careers of LinkedIn’s American expatriates.
“We’ve looked at where they’re going, but what about where most American expats are from?” LinkedIn editors wrote. “We’ve uncovered which small, mid-size and large U.S. cities are their most prominent springboards. D.C. led the pack among the largest U.S. cities, while a dark horse emerged in the small city category: Bloomington, Ind.!”
Of course, Bloomington is home to Indiana University, which has been engaged with the world more than a century, dating back to its seventh president, David Starr Jordan. This engagement grew under Jordan’s successors, but under the university’s 11th president, Herman B Wells, IU became a truly international university.
In 2012, all of IU’s international academic programs were brought together into the new School of Global and International Studies. Last fall, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped the school inaugurate its new home on campus, giving a policy speech and spending time with faculty and students.
LinkedIn’s findings are based on an analysis of 25,000 members who have received a four-year degree in and had their first job in the United States and then went abroad for a long-term international experience after Jan. 1, 2010. Those going out of the country for an internship were not included in survey results.
For regional analyses, LinkedIn used total membership data to segment the places into small, mid-size and large cities.
Among largest cities, Washington, D.C. was No. 1, followed by New York, Austin, Boston and San Francisco. Bloomington was No. 1 among small cities, followed by Champaign-Urbana, Ill. (home to fellow Big Ten institution, the University of Illinois); Santa Barbara, Calif.; Lawrence. Kan.; and Gainesville, Fla.
LinkedIn is has more than 433 million members in 200 countries and territories.
Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the IU School of Global and International Studies, is among many across the Bloomington campus who aren’t surprised.
“It’s great to see LinkedIn’s database support what we know instinctively; that that Bloomington is a great springboard to an international career,” he said.
IU’s recognition in the LinkedIn survey also reflects activity in other schools across campus, including the Kelley School of Business, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Maurer School of Law and the Jacobs School of Music.
According to the Institute of International Education, IU ranks among the top U.S. universities in students studying abroad, to more than 250 destinations.
IU offers more language programs than any other public university in the United States, Students can choose from more than 70 languages, including Hindi, Japanese, Pashto, Russian and Zulu. It is home to more Language Flagship programs than any other university in the nation, offering immersive experiences in Arabic, Chinese and Turkish.
IU Bloomington is home to seven U.S. Department of Education Title VI Centers, including two National Language Resource Centers. These unique centers and programs offer students the opportunity to achieve a superior level of fluency in less common languages and world areas.
The same LinkedIn report indicated where most Americans are going abroad to continue their careers. London was first, followed by Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Shanghai, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Melbourne and Amsterdam.
Teachers, translators and language instructors are the No. 1 occupation of Americans working oversees, LinkedIn editors said. Sales, marketing and public relations also ranked at the top of the list. (University professors also were listed, coming in at No. 10).