We’re finally moving into our new house this week, so guest writer Ryan Duffy has stepped in for me!
The current job market is as a competitive as it’s ever been, and getting a job is certainly no easy task. So it has now become imperative that you have something that helps you stand out from the crowd. However, it has got to the point in many industries where hundreds of people are doing work experience. For example, in the medical industry there are huge numbers of people who are applying for placements in UK hospitals. So people are being forced to seek their medical work experience abroad so that they can try and get ahead in their careers. However, if you do decide to do an internship abroad it is about much more than just improving your employability prospects.
In the competitive state of today’s job market, having global work experience under your belt is one of the very best things you can do for your prospective career. But as you can imagine, interning abroad is about much more than work experience.
The World is Your Oyster
One of the greatest benefits about working abroad is that you have the opportunity to go anywhere you want to live and work. You will have the chance to literally open a world map, close your eyes, point anywhere you want – and say “I’m going to live there!”. This is something that you won’t be able to a lot of times throughout your career, and using travelling as a way to benefit your career is a wonderful idea.
You Will Challenge Yourself Personally as well as Professionally
When interning in your own country it is likely that you will challenge yourself on a professional level, as you will be working and expanding your professional knowledge. However, in terms of your personal development – there won’t be much that will improve. But if you were to be in another country, you will be immersing yourself in to a new culture and environment, which will take you out of your comfort zone. By leaving the comforts of home to submerge yourself in an entirely new culture, you will be pushing the boundaries of what you are capable of. All of this will be very desirable for employers, as having the ability to work with people from different walks of life shows you can work in a multi-cultural environment – which is vital for a lot of industries.
You Can Develop an International Network
This might not be something that will be too important to you if you are at the point where you have just left university or college. But in the future, not only will you have built some friendships that will last you a lifetime. You will also have professional connections that will mean that your career can be expanded to an international level, which is fantastic if you start to progress to a director level in the latter years of your career.
To Wrap Everything Up
Let’s conclude everything. Though there are a huge number of benefits to doing an internship that can improve your life in general, it should not be forgotten that the main purpose of it is to land you a job in your desired field. Once your employer has a look at your CV and sees that you have completed an internship abroad, it will instantly put you at the top of the pile. This is because it shows you have an inner drive and passion to go out and do what it takes to improve you professional prospects, which is something that will take you very far in your career.