Awesome jobs attract awesome people. Whether you hope to work at a startup where people wear flip flops and stretchy tees, or at a multinational business where suiting up is the fashion du jour, you are more likely to land your dream gig or climb the ranks to your next promotion if you’ve studied abroad. Here are four job skills you can get when you study abroad.
1. Interact with Other Cultures in the Workplace
Studying abroad takes you beyond learning new language skills. It’s a journey of cultural and self-discovery, where you adapt to new ways of thinking and learning. That learning is invaluable when it comes time to work with colleagues in India or China, for example.
Candidates who studied abroad possess highly desirable qualities like cross-cultural communication skills, cultural awareness and maturity, according to more than 90% of employers.
2. Feel Confident Working with Experts
Any career worth pursuing is going to attract other highly talented and motivated people. Study abroad introduces you to experts within academia and the private sector much earlier in life, giving you a head start on learning how to tackle unexpected work scenarios like a pro. The true skill of a boss is in navigating each workplace challenge with confidence and grace.
80% of students say that study abroad allowed them to adapt better to diverse work environments.
3. Be Professionally Fluent in Multiple Languages
Native listening skills increase when you study abroad. The nuances of any language— even in a country where your home language is spoken—are so different that you become an expert at recognizing syntax, expressions and body language like never before. Nothing could be more important to a leader than being able to communicate naturally and comfortably in any language.
4. Solve Problems Like a Genius
As you move, interact and learn in a new environment you are exposed to different ways of approaching problems. What works at home doesn’t always work elsewhere, so you discover how to problem-solve with the fresh perspective of someone who is not tied to how it’s been done before. Thinking on your feet and the ability to swiftly understand what’s being presented becomes innate behavior when you study abroad.
58% of students who have studied abroad are actively pursuing—and getting —promising careers in other countries.
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