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  • Hello, I'm David Common. I'm the New York correspondent for CBC news, I do radio and TV.

  • I'm based normally in New York, though I'm talking to you today from Toronto.

  • And I'm a graduate of York University, a double major in Political Science and Mass Communications.

  • I live in New York right now.

  • I was previously based in Paris, but I've had the pleasure of visiting several dozen countries over the course of my career with CBC.

  • And it really is just an excitement every single time to go and meet new people, to have a job that allows me to go and constantly be exposed to something different.

  • And it's that international experience that really helped out.

  • I can really trace everything back to the exchange I did in Stockholm, Sweden, as really being the thing that initiated itwas the rocket that started me traveling a lot more.

  • Up until that point I hadn't been all that far from Toronto.

  • I'd gone on the train out to Vancouver, I'd gone south into the U.S. a little bit, but nothing certainly across an ocean.

  • And doing that for the first time was really what changed things.

  • I then ended up working for CBC in London, went directly from Stockholm, came back, finished my degree in Toronto, but that travel bug hadn't gone anywhere.

  • And it's been very valuable.

  • In fact, every single time I've looked to change jobs or better my position, it's that international experience which has really given me the leg up.

  • They're a great opportunity, they're a great time in your life.

  • You may never be able to live abroad somewhere else again.

  • And there is a big difference between visiting somewhere and being physically embedded in the population of a place.

  • It really is fantastic.

  • I would encourage as many students as possible to do it, try to figure out a way to overcome any barriers there might be,

  • and it might turn out that those hurdles are actually a lot smaller than you think.

Hello, I'm David Common. I'm the New York correspondent for CBC news, I do radio and TV.

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