Internships are becoming ever more popular in today’s generation, as the demand for job experience grows day by day. But have you ever thought of expanding your internship search across seas? It may not be in your initial plan; however, an internship abroad offers even more benefits than one at home. So, here are just a few of the benefits that you can expect from an internship abroad.
As already stated, the number one benefit of an internship is the experience gained. You can test out your dream jobs even before you have finished university. You can tell the recruiter this, along with the fact that you have the first-hand experience in the given career field, giving you an edge in your job application.
Completing an internship abroad boosts these facts to another level as it shows your dedication to practical experience, while also being able to leap into a new work culture. Another perk is that quite often you can pick the time frame for when you do your internship - so make sure you choose the one which is right for you!
Independence and Adaptability
For any internship, it is an almost guarantee that your skills are going to improve. However, an internship abroad will massively reward you with both personal and professional skills.
Are you looking for a personal challenge? Then there is no better way to jump out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself than leaving your support network and moving to a different country. Soft skills such as adaptability and independence will be proven as you settle into a new surrounding and find out how to use public transport in a new country! Trust me; it is harder than it sounds!
You are likely to work in an international office, meaning you will learn to understand your culture as well as those around you, making you a well-rounded individual. You can never underestimate the value of understanding different cultures, and the best way to do that is by living in a different country as you experience all it has to offer!
Learn a New Language
Another great asset for any job application is language knowledge. So, if you have the chance to do an internship in a country that speaks a different language to your native tongue, then seize the opportunity to learn something new!
Being able to speak another language is highly regarded by employers. Ensure that in your job application, you include the level at which you speak the language. Even if your skills are basic, and you only know a few words and phrases, an employer will still recognise this as it will add to your list of skills on your job application. It also indicates your ability to communicate with a wide range of people from a multitude of different backgrounds, which naturally is a great skill to have as an employee no matter where you work.
Expand your Network
Working abroad means new people and new contacts! You will develop a global network of colleagues and friends as you meet new people through work, housing and just day-to-day life. You never know, that one person you meet during your internship abroad could end up being your new business partner in the not-so-distant future, so make sure to save their contact details!
New Job Opportunities
Internships are known to offer great future job opportunities. If you have already gone through the process of being offered an intern position, then you are already halfway there! Now is your chance to impress your employers and who knows, you may be offered a full-time job afterwards.
Not to mention, if you decide to stay abroad, it means you may have far more opportunities to land your dream job. Employers will find it a valuable asset that shows courage and commitment, as you have taken a leap into a land of independence and opportunity.
CV and Interview
Doing an internship abroad will refine many of your skills. From being able to adapt to new surroundings, to learning new languages and meeting new people, these highlighted attributes really will help to boost your job application.
It is highly sought after by employers as it shows that you are willing to leave your comfort zone and take on what is out there, in an unknown, but exciting world. This positive attitude of taking on opportunities is an incredible asset for any CV, so make sure it is in there - It may be the spark that gets you your dream job! You will need to show the employer which of your skills have been developed to make your CV unique. Have you had a specific hurdle to overcome or some amazing successes? Be sure to mention these in your future job interview too!
Although it might seem scary at first, moving abroad for your internship could end up being one of the best decisions you’ve ever made for you and your career!
Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are looking for a job but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective cv, cover letter and help you smash interviews!