By Katherine Hackett
When thinking about international experience the first thing to establish is whether living overseas is right for you. Do you have the skills necessary to adapt to another culture and are you open to new challenges? If so, here are some of the benefits to working abroad:
Stand out – Living in another country is different! You may find yourself eating things you’ve never tried before and socializing with people you wouldn’t have back home. When you’re interviewing for a position these are the stories that’ll help set you apart from the crowd. If you can link them in to a core skill, such as adaptability, you’re on to a winner! It’s true, you could take an internship in London, or even Manchester, but so will thousands of other graduates. Spending a year in Nicaragua could be the deciding factor in getting you the interview.
Boost your CV – When working abroad you’ll often need to communicate with people who don’t speak English. Getting around language barriers shows resourcefulness and a willingness to try, both key things employers look for! Networking with your international colleagues will also give you the opportunity to gain professional references, something often lacking from a young person’s CV.
Learn something new – Use your time abroad to learn the local lingo; after all it’ll be much easier if you’re using it every day. Fluency in another language, especially if gained over a short period of time is very impressive. It shows that you are motivated and learn quickly, not to mention you can apply for roles in bilingual and international businesses back home.
How do I get international experience?
One way to start earning overseas is to take a TEFL Course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). This will allow you to teach in English language schools across the world.
Another way is to volunteer or intern at a company with offices abroad. You can usually find details of this on their website.
So, go ahead make your internship stand out. Good luck!