More and more students and young graduates are deciding to move abroad to study or work. Not only is it a once in a lifetime opportunity, but there are also many benefits that can help your career. Now that summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to think about working abroad. We’ve made a list of some the benefits it can have for your career along with advice about what steps to take next.
What benefits can working abroad have for your career?
1. It looks great on your CV. In an increasingly competitive job market, students have to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, even throughout their studies, in order to find a job after university. Everyone agrees that diversifying your professional experience remains one of the most effective ways to stand out from the crowd and what better way to do so than working abroad? According to a 2013 report by the European Commission, 64% of employers agreed that working abroad plays an important role when choosing a candidate. If you have worked abroad, employers will assume you are adaptable, open-minded and capable of speaking a different language, highly-valued skills for any job.
2. Working abroad is the perfect opportunity to learn a new language and it’s a well-known fact that speaking a second language increases your chances of being hired. Although you might not be expected to speak the language of the county you’re working in, this is an incredible opportunity you should take advantage of. Having a language is a massive plus for any job, especially if you’d like to work in an international company. Speaking a second language also helps you have a better memory and switching between languages can help you think faster.
3. Working abroad will allow you to create an international network. Having a professional network is one of the keys to getting a job after university. Working abroad also means you can add ‘global awareness’ as a skill on your CV.
Despite all these amazing benefits, moving abroad can be stressful for many reasons, mainly due to the language barrier and cultural differences. It can be difficult to find accommodation when you can barely speak the language, never mind finding somewhere to live or even just ordering a cup of coffee. Then there’s the lack of support – it’s already hard enough leaving your family and friends behind, but moving to a place where you don’t know anyone can strike fear into the heart of even the bravest person.
That’s where AIESEC come in. AIESEC gives you the opportunity to find professional internships and volunteering opportunities within organisations in over 124 countries worldwide, and what’s more you don’t have to worry about finding accommodation or being totally alone. Food and accommodation are taken into account, so all you have to worry about is packing your suitcase and making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
For professional internships, just let them know your preferred country, area of work, the length of time you wish to work abroad and your current skills so that they can help you find the right opportunity. For volunteering opportunities, let them know the causes you are interested in and the country you would like to go to.
Be brave and open-minded, work abroad, gain experience, learn and grow, both professionally and personally!
This article was written by Cherie Gamble from Wizbii, a professional social network for students and graduates. Discover a wide variety of internship, placement and graduate job opportunities by visiting en.wizbii.com. If you would like any further career advice, from revising for exams to how to write the perfect cover letter, why not check out Wizbii’s blog, The Daily Wiz!