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With an increasingly fierce jobs market out there, and loads of opportunities to get paid work experience abroad, is now the time to do an internship abroad?
If you’ve been scouring the jobs pages looking hopelessly for work, or been knocked back from a few jobs, don’t despair. One way to improve your chances (and have a fantastic experience at the same time) is to do an internship abroad. Here’s why you should give it a go:
Boost Your CV
If your CV/resume is looking a little sparse, doing an internship abroad is a great way to give it a lift. You’ll get on-the-job experience, as well as building on your leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Which should make any employer look twice when your CV crosses their desk!
Experience Life in Another Culture
Unlike backpacking, where you’ll more than likely spend months in grotty hostels and tourist traps, doing an internship abroad will see you really get under the skin of the country you’re visiting. As you’ll be living and working alongside local people you’ll get a real insight into how life there works – much better than taking snapshots any day!
Get Real-World Experience
With so many bright young graduates flooding the jobs market, it’s not unusual to hear weary employers sighing ‘if only they had a little more real-world experience’. Employers, unsurprisingly, don’t just want people who’ve only been on a treadmill through school and university all their lives. They want someone who’s lived a little and will be able to cope with what the world of work throws at them – someone just like you after you’ve done an internship abroad, basically!
Test Drive a Career
Perhaps you’ve been flirting with the idea of teaching, imagining a happy life inspiring young minds. But just as you wouldn’t marry someone without going out on a date first, it’s a good idea to take your chosen career out for a test-drive before committing to your whole life together! That’s where an internship comes in – a chance to give it a go before making your mind up about whether it’s the right thing for you or not.
Are you thinking of doing an internship abroad? Or maybe you’ve already done one? Leave a comment to let us know whether you agree/disagree!