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Find out about the benefits of jetting off to learn new skills and show potential employers that you’re no run-of-the-mill candidate.
The advantages of gaining work experience have been highlighted by employers and careers services alike for many years now, and those same values continue to work wonders for young people hoping to boost their employability and secure that coveted first job in their chosen industry.
However, there is a whole new breed of graduates who are able to further distinguish themselves from the crowd by gaining work experience abroad.
Some people might wonder if there’s any point heading to a new country to gain experience. ‘All the skills I can gain from work experience in a foreign country I can gain here,’ they might say. ‘And what about the costs and logistics involved with moving abroad for months at a time?’
However, there is a whole host of benefits that these doubters seem to have failed to consider:
Internships - whether paid or unpaid - are a fantastic way to secure overseas work experience, and can be arranged with the help of a range of third-party organisations.
However, internships can often be arranged directly through specific companies, no matter how large they are. For example the multinational company L'Oréal offers international internships to graduates in a range of different company departments. Internships last from three months to one year, to find out more see L'Oreal Internships and Apprenticeship .
Working as a language assistant with The British Council or teaching English using a qualification is also extremely popular, especially as the jobs often bring with them a regular wage.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer abroad too, regardless of where you want to go. Check out what’s on offer through organisations like The European Voluntary Service (EVS) .
Gap years also offer a chance to get some invaluable work experience overseas. Why not combine work and travel and take advantage of one of the many gap year opportunities available to young Britons?
In a competitive job market, you may well find that expanding your horizons and gaining work experience abroad will help you reap the rewards in your future career.
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