How studying abroad can make you stand out from the graduate crowd

Make yourself more attractive to employers and stand out from the graduate crowd by studying abroad. Consult the list below and before you know it you’ll want to be booking your international moving company and be on the next flight abroad.

Increase your language skills

Choosing to study in a country that requires a foreign language might seem daunting and overwhelming. However, once you make the bold decision to live in a country that requires you to speak a different language, you will be surprised at how quickly you will be able to pick up the language – everyone knows that complete immersion is the best way to learn a new language.

Having another language under your belt will look great on your resume and will instantly improve your employability, making you stand out from the graduate crowd.

Shows you’re passionate

Graduate employers want to see that you are really passionate about your field of study, so what better way to do so than to jet half way across the world. Studying abroad not only demonstrates that you’re passionate but also illustrates your dedication to your subject and how you are not afraid to be academically challenged. Launching yourself into a completely unfamiliar environment and culture also proves to employers that you will have the same confidence in the working environment.

Demonstrates independence

Taking the initiative and studying abroad demonstrates to employers that you are independent and not afraid to experience new and exciting life experiences. It also proves to employers that you can stand on your own two feet, are organised, pro-active and have the ability to make decisions and follow through with them, which are all very important employability attributes in the working world.

Makes you interesting

Employers have to read through thousands of applications, and having studying abroad on your application is one more thing that can help set you aside from your competitors. Studying abroad gives the employer a better understanding about your personality and your interests. It helps to make you become a person, rather than just an applicant.

New experiences, people and culture

Studying abroad exposes you to completely new experiences, people and culture, completely broadening your horizons and giving you a whole new outlook on life. Whether it’s new personal skills that you gain or new ideas that you gain in the classroom from studying abroad, you can transfer these skills into the workplace which are very attractive to employers.

Increase your contacts

Finally, studying abroad allows you to network and increase the amount of contacts you have. It’s often who you know, that helps you to get your dream job, so the more people you know the higher your chances of getting employed after university will be.

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