The job market continues to be super competitive which is why gaining international work experience will broaden your career prospects when you return to the UK. Working abroad allows you the opportunity to enhance yourself on a personal and professional level. If you needed to get some inspiration then check out our benefits of having international work experience. 

GET UP AND GO

Many students are leaving university after graduating with a 2:1 only to realise that it’s not enough to land a good job nowadays.

When future employers come across your CV they will immediately be impressed by the fact you have international work experience. Working abroad confirms to an employer that you are driven, have a get up and go attitude and that you are willing to put extra effort in order to succeed.

LEARN, LEARN, LEARN

You will improve your problem solving and decision making skills by spending time abroad. Also, you will be exposed to new ways of doing certain things and you’ll meet people who have contrasting methods compared to yourself. Overall, this will make you more well-rounded which every company desires.

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WORK ON YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS

If you have ever wanted to learn a new language, working abroad can really help to improve your language skills. It is completely different from learning at college or university. Putting yourself in a professional environment where you have to speak another language other than English is a great way for you to become fluent.

YOU CAN COMBINE TRAVEL AND WORK AT THE SAME TIME

If you ask many students what they would like to do once they graduate the most common answer will probably be ‘travel’! Taking an internship abroad can save you time and money perhaps as you will be able to combine your travel aspirations whilst gaining vital work experience. You can travel and discover a new country before or after your internship finishes.

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DEVELOP A GLOBAL NETWORK

In order to build your career, it is important to create a network of contacts and friends. During your work experience abroad you will make a lot of friendships (some that may last a lifetime) as well as develop business relationships which can help take your career to the next level.

CHALLENGES

There are noticeably a few challenges which you will face by living and working abroad. You may have to obtain a work permit if you decide to work outside of Europe, dealing with a different working culture and being without your beloved family and friends!

Having said this, it will make you a more buoyant and practical person once you finish. Facing a completely different culture and language will make you a more attractive prospect to future employers.

This blog was provided by StudentJob who are a job board specifically dedicated to the employment needs of students and graduates.

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