How to make the most of your study abroad

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How to make sure your study abroad gets you the job

Choosing to leave the familiarity of home to study in a new country can be overwhelming, but with today’s globalized market, it will also give you an advantage during your job search after graduation. Here are some tips for giving your professional career a boost through your study abroad.

Get to Work

Studying abroad is designed to be more than just a classroom education. By volunteering or interning in something you are passionate about, your resume will reflect that you’re willing to go above and beyond to gain experience during your time overseas.

Be Resourceful

Think of your study abroad as an opportunity to show a future employer that you’re able to adapt and thrive in a new and unfamiliar environment.

Writing a research paper? Chances are you have access to the library of the university or campus where you are studying. Chat with the local librarian. Take advantage of their databases, archives, and special collections full of information you won’t get from your library back home.

Want to work overseas? Use this time abroad an opportunity to meet with companies you are interested in working for and with recruitment agencies. You can get information first hand on what your job options are, what companies look for when hiring and if companies are able to acquire necessary work visas.

Strengthen Relationships

You’ll likely find that your courses overseas offer a smaller student to faculty ratio and can provide more personal attention than traditional courses. Create relationships with your professors.

After spending time with you on events like tours around the city and group dinners, your professors can vouch for both your academic strengths and personal strengths and will serve as great references for job or graduate school applications.

Build a Network

Join a recreational sports group or another club that suits your personal or professional interests. Most large cities also have  “Young Professionals” groups that will host happy hours and other social events that are made for networking. You will meet people who share your passions or are doing the work you want to be doing. Even as a student, don’t be afraid to attend these events and meet your peers and potential mentors.

Pristine Remolona
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Pristine is a twenty-something Texan and author of newkidontheloch.com currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. A former software consultant and graduate of Texas A&M University, Pristine studied abroad at the University College Dublin in Ireland.