When you book that ticket to your new school across the sea, you’d take home more than lousy souvenir shirts when you’re done. Or that’s one way to put it.
When you’re abroad, you have to overcome challenges that would come with the territory by default. And when you finish your studies, or your term abroad there, you’d have already mastered (or at least picked up) the following skills without you even realizing it:
1. A+ Life (and project) management
Being abroad is a lot like starting over. Aside from managing your own time between school and making friends, you also have to pick up and adapt to the place’s lifestyle, culture, and language. You have to make all of these work to your advantage, from how international calls work (so you could stay in touch with your family) to how the local currency works.
This extra layer adds a challenge that gives you an edge later on when you’re trying to get a hold of all the moving parts of a project. And thriving during your study abroad program proves to your future employer that you can get things done.
2. Verbal finesse like no other
Notice how there are some words or phrases in Filipino that are not translatable to English, or the other way around. Locals use language differently, and you’ll need to pick up on these subtleties when you study abroad. Even if you go to an English-speaking country, you would still be using English differently than how the locals would, so you need to step back and adjust.
Employers look for the ability to overcome language barriers because the ability to communicate clearly is a must for anyone or anything—a project, company, friend group, family—that wants to survive the challenges that life throws their way. When the going gets tough, get diplomatic!
3. An open world for an open mind
If you want to get ahead with your career as early as now, you have to understand how different cultures work. There’s a move for inclusiveness in a lot of workplaces, and when you study abroad, you’re exposed to the cultures of, not only the local community, but also of the other international students.
International businesses look for someone who has exposure to a wide variety of cultures, opinions, and beliefs.
4. International connections
It’s impossible to NOT make new friends when you study abroad. These are the people who will help you get around and actually thrive during your stay. They could be students who are in the same program, while others could be in businesses related to your field.
These other students will most likely come from different countries with vastly different life experiences. These future friends will help you challenge beliefs and participate in many cultures and customs.
They could also help you later on in life with your long-term career goals if you manage to maintain the connection with them.
5. You. But the upgraded version of you.
It’s hard to say who you really are until you see who you are not. And what better way to find out what you are not (or at least not yet) than to put yourself in a completely different setting for a prolonged period of time!
When you come home from your study abroad term, you’ll have a better sense of self—who you are, your boundaries, who you want to be, who you could be—and it will show. People will take note, and you’ll be able to build on these things instead of maintaining beliefs and concepts from only one place. You get to keep the best parts of each culture and shape yourself for the future you want.
Studying abroad will show your future employers and professors that you had the guts to try something new. Try studying in Canada! They speak English, but they also speak French (for that extra challenge). Spice up your study abroad experience with that je ne sais quoi!
Learn more about studying abroad at canadiancollege.com