Are you considering an internship abroad? If so, congratulations! One of the most effective ways to gain work experience and acquire new skills is by interning abroad. Make sure to know about a few things before your hurry in packing your bags and be over-excited about heading off to your dream internship destination. In this article, we will discuss three secrets for a successful internship abroad. We'll also give you some tips on how to find the right job and make the most of your experience. Get ready to plan your next adventure by reading on!
1. The company and the country, research about them:
Before you leave for your internship, it's essential to do some research on the company or organization you'll be working for. Get to know their history, values, and goals. This will help you hit the ground running when you arrive and will show the organization that you're serious about contributing to their success.
Several methods exist for researching a company, and one is to look them up online. Their website contains a lot of information, including information about their history, values, and goals. You can also find reviews of the company from past and current employees. Talking to these people will give you a much clearer picture of the company based on their experiences with the company. If you ask them, they can share their first-hand experience and describe the culture of the company.
You can also connect with the company, send them an email, give them a call, or if they have a chat system, you can get their response right away. They may be willing to send you an overview of their business or even let you speak with someone from the HR department. Successful internships abroad require some preparation and research on the part of the intern. By knowing a little about the company or organization you'll be working for, you can hit the ground running and make a positive impression. Alternatively, you can work with a placement agency. This route will be easier because experts will assist you in getting the information you need for an internship if they already don't have it. Do your researches, ask around, and get as much information as possible to ensure that your internship is a success.
2. Be flexible and patient:
When you're working in a new country with a foreign culture, things are likely to be different from what you're used to. You'll need to learn a new skill set and be patient as you adjust to the new environment. Being flexible and patient doesn't happen overnight. These are qualities that can be developed over time. And remember – it's okay to make mistakes!
Flexibility is just a matter of knowing things or having skills that will make your life easier. Acquiring a skill that is outside of your area of expertise will take time and patience. You need to include it in your internship plan. You need to put effort and commitment into it. For example; language or communication skills, learning the native language might be worth your while because that will help you communicate. It will make your day-to-day life in a foreign country easier. You'll be able to communicate with your co-workers and supervisors in their language, which will make for a more productive and pleasant work experience. You will experience their culture on a deeper level of understanding because you will break the language barrier and participate in day-to-day activities. Proficiency in computer-related stuff! Nowadays almost everyone knows how to use the computer and the internet. Office suite software is common knowledge and this is quite being underestimated. Advanced knowledge in one of the following software; word processors, presentation apps, and spread sheet manipulation is very advantageous in an office. Internet is a part of everyone's life. Showcasing your internet skill by sending your application through video as a link is going to be a point for you. The company that you are applying for will see that you know more about the internet than others and they can actually see you on video, so make sure to do an impressive presentation. These skills are just some of the examples; these will be handy during an internship abroad. Even cooking a meal is something that can help you live comfortably abroad.
Patience on the other hand is something normally developed at home, how we are brought up by our family. No worries though, because everything can be learned as long as you want it. There are bound to be some culture shocks and adjustment periods, so it's important to be patient as you get used to your new surroundings. It can also take time to learn the ropes of a new job, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time to get up to speed. Developing patience is something that can help a lot but will take time and practice. It's not always easy to be patient, but it's a valuable skill to have. There are a few things you can do to help yourself become more patient and one is to take some deep breaths and count to 10 when you feel yourself getting frustrated because this will help you to take a step back and relax. Another thing you can do is practice meditation or mindfulness. These practices will help you to focus on the present moment and be more patient. Remind yourself not to be in a hurry when deciding on things. This can be practiced daily and although this may look insignificant this is how habits are built. The more you practice being patient the more you will be better at it.
3. Be proactive and take the initiative:
An internship abroad is an amazing opportunity that many people never get the chance to experience. When you're an intern, it's important to be proactive and take the initiative. This means making the most of it and squeezing everything that you can get out of this experience.
Build a network with other professionals and people that you interact with. Make friends with them. You can attend industry events, meet ups, and conferences.
You can also add your colleagues and superiors on Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media to connect with them in the future. When you network, be sure to exchange contact information with them. Knowing other professionals and being connected to them will create opportunities for you, especially if you are just starting your career.
Exploring your host country and city is also a great way to make the most of your internship experience. There are so many things to see and do, cultures and traditions that are new to you and you may never have this opportunity again. Do what locals do, eat their food, dance to their music, and visit new places that will let you experience something new. Document your experience by keeping a journal or blog or just simply upload your pictures on your social media account. This will be something that you can look back on in the future and it will be a great way to remember your time abroad.
Proactively ask about tasks and roles that are outside of your comfort zone, and be willing to learn new stuff. This is a rare opportunity to learn and grow, so come out of your shell and don’t be scared. You might even end up enjoying it, just keep in mind that no matter the result, it will help you grow. Take advantage of the resources available to you, it is there to be used and it will be a waste if you don’t use them. Don’t be afraid to ask other people's help if you need information on how to do a task. It is more efficient compared to doing that task again yourself or worse by someone else. And if you see an opportunity to improve something or learn a new skill set, cease it! Being proactive and taking initiative shows that you're willing to learn and that you're not afraid of a challenge. Your eagerness to learn and try new things out will benefit you in so many ways aside from impressing your colleagues.
So, remember these 3 secrets and take them by heart. This will help you succeed in your internship abroad! Do not be too hasty since you will be planning your internship ahead of time. Take your time in researching, in adjusting to the new environment, in learning new things, and just enjoy and make the most of the internship experience.