Go abroad and turn your ca­reer into a global suc­cess

Work­ing abroad will pro­vide more than just a sun­nier cli­mate, writes Aimee Stan­ton

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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

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