Here are just fives of the ways in which having an international experience, whether it's working, studying or just travelling abroad in Ireland or Europe, can benefit you in the short-term and the long-term!
Leaving your comfort zone can be scary, especially if it involves a foreign country as far to Ireland, but travel is a great way to build confidence and boost self-esteem. You will quickly learn to negotiate seemingly intimidating situations, like navigating a foreign city or ordering food in a new language, and realise that you can do these things!
Whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, embrace your fears and you’ll come home a more confident and independent person!
Learning a language or improving your English is a major bonus of international experience which has benefits for your career (see reason 5) and personal life. The best way to learn a language? Be around those who speak it!
As well as improving your language skills, going abroad requires you to organise, navigate, communicate, and make decisions on a daily basis. You might not even realise you’re getting better at this until you’re home!
If you’re staying at home, engaging with people from other countries in your community is great for your communication skills and can teach you a lot about other cultures, which leads us to our next point…
Skills aren’t the only thing international experiences can teach you: by speaking to people of other cultures and experiencing their environment, you will gain a better understanding of their views and beliefs. Next time you’re abroad, try the local food, listen to a local band, and chat to the local people. If you’re at home, seek these experiences out in your town. You might discover a new hobby or make a new friend, and at the very least you will have tried something new!
Reading books or watching shows about other cultures is great but don’t just rely on someone else’s experience, find out for yourself!
One of the best things about international experiences is the potential to make new friends. Fellow travellers are often keen to share their journey and swap tips on what to do. At home, make the effort to speak to someone from another culture. You might find out you have a lot in common, and if you don’t then that’s interesting, too!
So if the last four points are true, an international experience will make you a confident, social, understanding individual with great organisational skills…and that means people will want to hire you!
Almost all employers like confident people with great communication skills and the ability to make new connections. As the world becomes more connected, cultural understanding is becoming more important for an international workplace, as is the ability to speak another language.
Over 60% of employers said applicants who have travelled, worked or volunteered abroad stood out in applications.
PS: Another hidden benefit of studying in Ireland
Continuing from the reason above, once an international student complete his or her Degree studies in Ireland, you will receive ONE year graduate work visa! This allows you to stay in Ireland and enhance your work experiences, abroad!
For Masters and PhD students, you receive TWO years graduate work visa.
Many Malaysian, Taiwanese students too have managed to get sponsored work visas from employers here in Ireland to continue their career journeys here.
Think about it - when you return home in Asia to seek employment, not only do you have internationally recognized Irish higher qualifications but also work experiences abroad!
Interested in starting your international experience in Ireland?
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