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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Benefits of Studying and Working Abroad

Guest post by Tina Jindal

From a very young age we dream of going abroad for higher studies. The allure of a foreign degree stems from the age old cliché of better job opportunities and a higher standard of life. Patriotism aside, several students strive relentlessly to obtain specific qualifications required to attain admission in a university abroad. Some of them come back, some don’t. The piece that completes the picture is acquiring a job. Becoming a part of the international workforce is considered highly lucrative, and is the ultimate feather in one’s cap of success. The benefits of both these practises are many. Here is a snapshot of why you would want to study and work in a foreign country:

Benefits of Studying and Working Abroad

1. Exposure

Perhaps the best aspect of visiting a foreign country – studying abroad will give you an opportunity to see the world first-hand. When you live in another country, you can participate in the daily life of the residents and learn the customs and practices of a different culture. Furthermore, a stint abroad need not be restricted to a particular location. For example, if you go to Germany you can definitely travel and see other regions of Europe as well. On the work front, you get to meet established businessmen from all the over the world who can always teach you a thing or two. Communicating with international clients will broaden your horizons, making you more open-minded with an ability to think outside the box.

2. Language skills

English is not the main language of communication in every country. If you are lucky, your decision to study abroad could be beneficial in honing your communication and language skills. Apart from conversing with fellow students, you could enrol in a proper language course to acquaint yourself with the local dialect. Imagine studying in China and becoming fluent in Mandarin. What a future you could have!

This will directly affect your employment opportunities as well. To be able to converse in different dialects scores a great positive on your resume. Being bilingual will make you an important part of an organizations growth strategy, which includes expanding to other countries or entering new markets on a national level.

3. Networking

You will meet people from different countries and make friends with individuals of varied ethnicities. In addition, you may form professional contacts as well. The course-work in countries like USA, UK, etc. is comparatively light as compared to countries in Asia. Use this opportunity to volunteer, intern, or work part-time while you are studying. Coming back to your own country with a gamut of connections will only make life easier in the long run.

For professionals, working abroad will give you an opportunity to forge international connections so that when you get back to your country, you can continue to nurture these relationships and incorporate them in your current job. For example, if you are an Indian working in Europe as a scientist, coming back to your country and working as a faculty member or a researcher will give you an added advantage over others because of the connections you made outside. Inviting esteemed scientists for a guest lecture will now be a piece of cake.

4. Adaptability

As a student you will have to adapt to different teaching methodologies, people, terrain, and the general mode of life. Relationships abroad could be very different from what you know back home. This in turn is a reflection of the cultural difference that is prevalent from one country to another. However, showcasing high levels of adaptability will only make you stronger, and your stint abroad – easier.

Working professionals on the other hand will have to abide by a different set of mannerisms, values, and customs in the workplace. And they will have to learn fast. For example, Americans prefer to talk to the point, but being blunt with a co-worker in Mexico might just get you fired.

5. Travel prospects

A student living abroad has lots of opportunity to travel around. Use this chance to be adventurous, explore the unknown, and try your hand at different activities that were out of reach in your home country. For example, India can teach foreign nationals about spirituality, meditation, yoga, and, prayer.

Working professionals have a greater chance of exploring new territory – that too for free. As an employee of a leading firm, you will be expected to travel for business from one country to another. If you are working in Berlin, you could be expected to travel to Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Florence, etc. over a weekend. These experiences will only broaden your horizon.

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Apart from the aforementioned reasons, personal development, extraordinary amounts of experience, an adventurous lifestyle, extreme sense of independence and superior management skills are some other qualities that can be readily acquired when residing in a foreign country. When planning to migrate overseas, take the opportunity to travel, study, and learn about new cultures with no commitments in order to make this experience like no other.

Tina Jindal
Tina Jindal is a professional content writer who works on a variety of topics like employment, real estate, and education. She has been involved with renowned publications and has tried her hand at editing works on Cookery, Gardening, Pregnancy, and Healthcare. With a background in pure sciences, she gives advice to faculty members for job opportunities as well.
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