Go abroad and turn your career into a global success
Working abroad will provide more than just a sunnier climate, writes Aimee Stanton
Your summer holiday may feel like a distant dream, but you don’t have to commit to a life working under the soggy British skies – working abroad could be the next step in your career.
Whether it’s Sydney or Shanghai, taking your career or studying abroad might seem like a daunting prospect. but a cultural and professional swap could seriously benefit your future career aspects as the European Commission Erasmus Impact Study (2014) found. The study discovered that young people who study or train abroad are twice as likely to find employment quickly – so what are you waiting for?
Vicky Gough, Schools Adviser at the British Council agrees that the benefits of working or studying abroad can really open your career aspects.
“Research has shown that international experience – such as time spent working abroad – helps to build an individual’s confidence as well as their ability to innovate and to connect with counterparts around the globe”, she says.
“Depending on the destination, it can also result in the acquisition of a foreign language – a huge boost for a CV in a competitive job market.”
Don’t let your basic language skills deter you though, as there’s no better way to learn than to be immersed in a culture – and English language skills are always very sought-after.
It’snotjustemployeeswho’llbenefit though. Businesses with an international workforce are likely to reap the benefits too, as aWorld of Experience (2015) report found out.
The report found that a large majority of those who had benefited from an international opportunity described themselves as having the abilities needed for innovation, including strong analytical and critical thinking skills (73 per cent) and strong problem-solving skills (83 per cent), believing that their experience abroad had helped them to gain those skills.
More than half of those who had attended university overseas felt the experience had helped them find a job that interests them.
Vicky adds: “As the UK comes to reposition itself on the world stage, having an internationally-minded workforce is more vital than ever.”
“We need far more young people to take up overseas opportunities and learn languages – not only to enrich their own lives, but to help the UK continue to prosper across the globe.”
If you’re now firmly convinced about packing your suitcase for an opportunity abroad, speak to your employer and see if you can be transferredabroadorapplyindependently online and see what’s available and you too could be swapping Britain for Brazil this year.
“As the UK comes to reposition itself on the world stage, having an internationally-minded workforce is more vital than ever.” Vicky Gough Schools Adviser, British Council