Working abroad is a great way to gain experience in the working world if you are a student and can be very refreshing if you are also waiting to join college. It helps you interact with other cultures and make lifelong friends. Apart from the usual financial benefits here are other ways that will be advantageous to your long term career goals.
DISCOVER A CAREER YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT
While you interact with people from other countries as you work you may actually discover other careers that you may even have never heard about . This is because the world is so diverse that some careers may exist in one place and not in another. Since you will be associating closely with locals, you may discover something that you never knew of and may be of great value to you. If you are a student who has not even figured out which career to venture in to, this may be a great opportunity. If you are already a career person on a sabbatical a new discovery may be the gateway to venturing into something fresh and interesting. You may even introduce a new idea to your company which if successful could lead to that much awaited promotion.
GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
Working in a foreign country helps you gain experience, it also looks good as it shows that you are determined and not afraid to step out of your comfort zones. You benefit by gaining skills that are much sought after by employers such as language skills. If, for example, you worked in France and improved on your French by continuously speaking it in the foreign country, you gain valuable experience in communicating fluently in French. You also gain skills in communicating, if you worked in a bar or restaurant in a foreign country even if English is the main language you still gain experience in communicating by breaking the cultural barriers.
It is also helpful as you become culturally aware as businesses are becoming more globalised international skills are needed to improve international links. Therefore working abroad helps you gain these much needed international skills, even if it is just working abroad for a summer.
You also gain experience in independent decision making, since mostly you will travel alone you may have to make crucial decisions abroad, making independent decisions is an attractive quality to prospective employers.
ENHANCE YOUR CV
If you work abroad for six to twelve months it will look very impressive on your CV and could land you a job after school, especially if you’ve volunteered overseas. It is what distinguishes you from all the other students in your graduate class or from all other applicants in the same position. It also gives you ideas and adds exciting content you can discuss during interviews. Since you already have gained communication experience, attending interviews will be easier especially when answering questions. Whichever type of job you may have worked on while abroad be sure to include it on your CV so as to demonstrate specific skills. Remember that some names such as Camp America on your CV do attract attention!