A stay abroad is increasingly seen as an important components of your curriculum vitae. In case there are more than one applicants for the same vacancy, in most cases the one with experience abroad will be successful. This is mainly because these applicants are expected to have better language skills and intercultural competences. But is that really true?
Why go abroad?
First of all, you have the opportunity to improve your language skills when staying abroad, provided that you surround yourself by native speakers. That means living together with locals.
Secondly, you can strengthen your intercultural competences. This means to deal with people of different cultural origins, aiming on a positive and profitable working atmosphere.
Finally, of course, don't forget to bear in mind, that a stay abroad is far more than the previous mentioned: you have the chance to travel the world, to see new locations, to get to know various people and, most importantly, to make memorable experiences.
What's the catch?
Beside all positive aspects of a stay abroad, unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to be aware of. You will leave your home country, so that you have to do without your family and friends for a long time.
In addition, it is important to find the right option to go abroad. For some it may be relatively hard to organize it, resulting in raised costs. In order to prevent this some important issues have to be considered beforehand: you have to pay transport and flight costs to get to your desired country and after having been arrived you have to bear for your daily living costs and maybe invest in a rent car.
Regarding that, a stay abroad is quite an investment in your education or further professional development.
There are many options of organizing and realizing the stay abroad. Whereas a vacation is usually not regarded as a stay abroad, a length of stay of 6 to 8 weeks is already defined as one.
There are various circumstances and motivations of a stay abroad: in the course of educational or academical training as exchange student, as a high school year, as au pair or as a semester abroad. Besides, you have always the options to combine your stay abroad with a language course. A lot of people also manage it to abroad in the course of an internship or as a volunteer of a social institution. The point of time varies between the time before, during or after graduating.
Depending on the level of education and profession you have the opportunity to go abroad when starting your career. Everyone who is planning a stay abroad should be aware of some important issues already at an early stage:
- What is the purpose of my stay abroad (fun, career, change)?
- Which option to go abroad is the most appropriate (education, experience, language skills)?
- Which perspectives of funding are available (duration, kind of stay abroad)?
- Which country I want to go to (funding/financial resources, language)?
Internships abroad with a placement agency
A placement agency for internship abroad, like StudentsGoAbroad, offers a broad variety of interesting internships in diverse working fields. You have a broad choice of internships or voluntary works abroad in more than 20 different countries. Moreover, you are given help in all matters an internships may possibly fail:
- consulting and assistance at the beginning (especially concerning place, duration etc
- search for an appropriate place of internship
- search for an accomodation
- visa support
- support for your letter of motivation and CV
- contract implementation between intern and employer beforehand
- local contact 24/7
- finding local friends