5 simple reasons why you should work and study abroad
Most people realize that working and traveling abroad will change their lives forever, but many of the benefits may be overlooked by some. Below are the top 5 reasons that you should make the jump and continue your education and career in a foreign country.
Learn a new culture
There is no better way to learn more about another culture than to witness it firsthand. Throughout an exchange program, you will be able to enjoy the country’s culture over an extended period of time, as you complete your studies. This experience can prove to be invaluable as you continue your journey through life. Holidays and work and travel arrangements are different. To understand a culture, a one-week holiday wouldn’t allow you even a glimpse into the lives of the locals within the community.
The best way to learn is to live among the locals – when you are a part of a culture or community, you see more. You learn more.
Build your resume
Many businesses look for those who are well versed in the way of the world. One of the best ways to showcase your abilities to adapt to changing environments is to illustrate that you are able to work as part of a team in which you are unfamiliar. When you work and travel, you expose yourself to new, or even uncomfortable new environments, stepping out of your comfort zone as you seek new experiences. If your resume reflects how open and adaptable you are to change, new settings and plans, it demonstrates your versatility.
Work and travel arrangements gain you much more than new experiences, you learn to value independence, efficiency and relationships.
Strengthen your skills
Skills that you develop when you study and work abroad can prove invaluable to your future life. Many of these skills you may not be able to obtain through traditional means. You will be able to show that you can adjust your work style depending on the culture that you are in as well as learn quickly in new environments. If you are fond of meeting new people, this is your chance to overcome the fear – take a job as a mascot as a theme park, or a national attraction.
If you are good at public speaking, be a part of an events group and host events to different types of crowds at different locations. If you think your strength lies in performing magic, do street magic on weekends and expose yourself to the various reactions you’ll get. It is about playing to your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses.
Develop lasting friendships
The friendships that you gain from spending studying and working abroad may develop into lifelong friendships. Some people have even found their spouses through exchange programs. By working abroad, you are able to build your resume and develop lifelong experiences that will help you in both your professional and personal life.
They say true friends are not those who’ve been in your life the longest, but the ones who’ve been with you through the good and bad. You never know when you’ll gain true friends.
See the world
If you love to travel, spending some time in an exchange program is a great way to see parts of the world that you did not have access to originally. When you choose to study and work abroad, you are opening the door to see the world in a whole new way. You will also have the added benefit of living life as a local rather than a visitor who is just passing through. Many people are choosing to study and work abroad and the above are only a few of the benefits that you may see when you decide to travel down this road.
If you’re already jaded with work and life now, this is a good time to explore a new environment, even if for a short while. You need that mojo back to motivate and re-energize yourself. It is the reason some people take sabbaticals or short trips, and while you may still be young to be jaded (that’s what some people will tell you!) there is no better time to change your life for the better then now.
If you are looking for a way to learn a new culture and experience things that you have never had the opportunity to before, working and studying abroad can be a fantastic experience for you. Be sure to look into your options before choosing a work-and-travel program or a job posting. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy an exchange program.