Employers today only choose the best candidates, and often these are the graduates who have gained international experience by studying abroad. From knowledge of different cultures and international communication skills, to problem-solving skills and adaptability, here are five of the top employment skills you can expect to gain as an international student.
1. International experience
Graduates who have gained international experience by studying abroad have obtained first-hand knowledge of another country’s culture and protocol and will be better prepared to understand the 21st century business world.
2. Problem-solving skills
Studying abroad strengthens people’s independence, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills. Employers will know that they will be able to rely on these future employees in a variety of situations. When faced with a problem abroad, an individual must use their own initiative, draw on their personal experience and employ problem-solving skills on their own. From dealing with minor issues to larger, more daunting problems, international students have to stand on their own two feet; a stance that will serve them well in working situations. Overcoming obstacles can also lead people to better weigh up difficulties, analyze issues more carefully and ultimately become more decisive.
4. Language skills
This immersion in an international atmosphere, coupled with the chance to discover other cities, cultures and ways of life, allows students to gain real global experience. Living abroad is the perfect opportunity to develop your language skills, a key asset in today’s ever-more globalized world. The chance to constantly hear others speaking a new language and to use it on a daily basis is rare, and one that can be greatly taken advantage of in order to advance your employment skills.
Moving abroad can be difficult and overwhelming. There is no doubt that relocating to another country, whether it’s for three months or three decades, is a challenge. Students who make the most of opportunities to study in a new place strengthen their ability to adapt. They work out how to settle in, acclimatize and adjust to their new environment. Some do this very quickly, allowing them to enjoy their time studying abroad from very early on. Others may initially take longer; however, the more they move and challenge themselves, the more easily they adjust.
5. Networking and communication skills
Despite all the benefits of studying abroad, the majority of today’s students still don’t take up the opportunity, making your international experience even more notable and worthwhile. Having to communicate in another language, whether it is the language of your destination or the universal business language, English, increases confidence levels and improves networking and communication skills, adding to your overall employment skills. Learning about the art, cuisine and history of another culture develops your understanding of others; something vital to working and succeeding in the global business world.
English is the language of business. All students who wish to study abroad whether language school, college or university further develop their employment skills, language skills and communication skills during their studies, so that they can become key participants of the English-speaking business world.