Studying abroad connects the joy of traveling with the opportunity to learn and experience different cultures. This makes you a more attractive candidate to employers. No matter where you go or for how long, studying abroad is an experience that will change your life for the better.
Here are just a few of the reasons why studying abroad might just help you land that dream job.
Communication: Studying abroad not only allows you to improve your language skills, but also teaches you nonverbal communication. The ability to communicate across language and cultural barriers is a skill employers are looking for in this ever-globalised economy.
Increased cultural awareness: Whatever profession you choose, you will almost certainly be working with people from a diverse range backgrounds and cultures. Living and studying in another country teaches you to understand and even gain appreciation for these differences, which in turn makes you a prime candidate for positions in multi-national organisations.
Develop transferable skills: During the time you are away you will develop competencies which are crucial to potential employers, such as problem-solving, flexibility, adaptability, tenacity and relationship-building. These skills are developed naturally just by living and studying abroad and dealing with all that entails.
Grow an international network: While you are abroad you will meet and make friends with people from all over the world. Some of them may already be working in your chosen field, some may work in areas that will become interesting to you later in life. Either way, demonstrating to a potential employer that you have a global network of professional connections makes you a more valuable asset to their company.
Taking risks: By taking part in a study abroad program you show future employers that you are curious about the world, unafraid to take risks and that you are willing to step out of your comfort zone. As they say, fortune favours the brave, so get out there and make yourself lucky!
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