Why Intern Abroad?
Are you ready for the job market?
Graduation day is just around the corner and you will soon be competing against millions of others grads for jobs in a tough global economy. If you were entering the job market today, how would you fair against your competition? Still have some work to do so that you can measure up?
There are a number of things that you can do now to help bolster your career credentials and your personal brand. Volunteer work, joining clubs and organizations, new hobbies, networking, and most importantly, gaining work experience, are all things you can do to add depth to your resume.
More and more employers are saying that work experience is more important than G.P.A, field of study, or the name of your school.
The Value of Interning Abroad
You should certainly participate in a domestic internship, but that may not be enough to complete in a global economy where companies work with international clients, have global operations, and employ a diverse work forces made up of people from many different cultures.
That is why more students are looking to intern abroad as they seek out opportunities to gain international work experience to complement their domestic internship experience.
Interning abroad can be a great alternative to more traditional types of study abroad. They can be shorter, less expensive, easier to work into degree programs, and offer both cultural immersion and work experience into one program. Far fewer students participate in international internships, giving you a unique experience to help you stand out from other graduates.
Since working overseas also presents unique challenges and pushes you outside of your comfort zone, it can also be a great way to grow your soft skills.
Problem solving, communication, taking initiative, self-confidence, and adaptability are just a few of the skills that students who study or intern abroad indicate they gained through participation. The good news is that these skills match the top skills that employers say graduates are lacking when entering their professional careers. Soft skills are sought after because they are harder to teach and are often best developed through experience.
Through your international internship program you will experience distinctive learning opportunities and challenges that will give you concrete examples of ways you developed these skills during your program. API will assist you in being able to articulate these skills through our exclusive Career Navigation Briefcase . We will give you valuable resources, like our Culture and Workplace Integration orientation material, to help identify these learning opportunities and how to articulate them to potential employers.
“Of all the things employers look for when hiring entry-level talent, it’s the so-called ‘soft skills’ that are valued most: communication, teamwork, flexibility and positive attitude are by far the most sought-after skills. Employers understand that everything else can be taught, so they look for the most promising raw material to work with.” – Jennifer Floren, Founder and CEO, Experience, Inc.