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Posted October 31, 2016 by

How traveling abroad after college can help you land your first job [infographic]

 

Are you thinking about traveling abroad after college, but you worry about entering the working world one year later? Don’t worry! In fact, traveling the world will help you acquire some very necessary skills to get your first job. While having fun and exploring new cultures, you will learn things you wouldn’t otherwise. And when you are back from your adventures, you can make travel look good on your resume and in an interview. Here are six ways to take advantage of your traveling experiences and stay on track to launch your career:

1. Take time to reflect

Knowing what you want to do straight after graduation can be quite challenging. Before making this important decision, it may be beneficial to take some time off to travel abroad and analyze the future of your career from a different perspective. Traveling will give you the chance to disconnect from your daily routine and have time for yourself to consider the different options.

2. Volunteer

If you have just finished college, you may not have any working experience yet. But that is not a problem! You can do some volunteering work while traveling; it will be easier than you think. You can choose some fantastic volunteering programs at GoAbroad.com based on the country you want to visit, the causes you care about and the duration you have in mind.

Volunteering abroad will look exceptional on your resume and will help you to stand out from the competition. Employers will highly value your commitment, responsibility, and devotion.

3. Grasp a new language

Being able to communicate with international business is increasingly important in the workforce. Speaking a second language will broaden up your career prospects, and it may impact your overall earnings. In the United States, Spanish is the second most-spoken language, and it may help you not only to get a job in the customer service industry but also in many B2B career opportunities. Furthermore, languages like Mandarin and Arabic are becoming extremely useful in international business, and there is a lack of Americans who are bilingual in these two languages.

There are different ways you can learn a new language while traveling abroad after college. Some suggestions are: attend a short course in your destination country, enroll in an online language course, stay with a local host, chat to locals, read the papers, watch original version films with subtitles and download the dictionary app that best works for you. Even if you don’t become fluent in a new language, you will learn the basics, and that effort and knowledge are valued by hiring managers. Include your language skills on your resume to show you are a curious person, always trying to learn more and go the extra mile.


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4. Build organizational skills

Traveling, just like business, requires a lot of organization. You will gain a set of skills that you will find highly useful later on in your career, including:

  • Managing budgets like a pro. If you run out of money too soon, your adventure is over!
  • Becoming more adaptable and flexible. If your original plans change, you need to be prepared for what is next.
  • Getting better and faster at problem-solving. If you get lost, for example, you may need to be able to read a complex map or get instructions and follow them correctly.
  • Being responsible for your own decisions. When you are on the road, you are constantly making decisions that will affect your travels. If for instance, you decide to take a bus instead of a train and it takes longer than expected, you will have less time to spend at your destination.

Overall, you will return from your adventure being a more mature and experienced person.

5. International networking

Take this opportunity to meet as many people as you can. Engaging with people from other cultures and backgrounds will enrich you as a person and will help you see life from different angles. Talk to locals and other travelers; you may find people abroad who are interested in your industry, and you never know who will recommend you in the future or where will you meet your next employer! Connecting with them on social media networks may be a good idea to stay in touch in the future.

6. Start a blog

Starting your own travel blog is the best way to put together your traveling experiences and tell the world. The benefits of starting a blog while traveling are endless: improve your writing skills, get better at photography and video, learn about online marketing, social media management, search engine optimization, develop relationships with other bloggers and so on.

All the abilities acquired creating a blog will help you land your first job even if it is in a completely different area. Your blogging capabilities will make you better at communicating, working faster and being more efficient. All appreciated skills for any job position.

If you are still in two minds about traveling abroad after college, talk to other people you know who have done it before. You will find out that nobody regrets having such a profound experience.

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Maria Onzainmaria-onzain is a content marketing expert writing for Open Colleges about education, career, and productivity. She is passionate about all things digital, loves technology, social media, start-ups, travelling, and good food. Connect with Maria on LinkedIn

 

 

 

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Posted February 03, 2015 by

The Top 4 Things to Ask on your College Tour

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Group of people taking tour of university. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

It’s very important for students to ask the right questions when going on their college tours. Many students feel shy or embarrassed to ask too many questions, however, this is not the time to keep quiet. Choosing where to attend college is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life and it’s crucial that they ask the questions that are most important to them. (more…)

Posted October 20, 2014 by

3 Steps to Marketing Your Working Abroad Experience on Your Resume

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Work abroad sign. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Attention TEFL teachers: remember the excitement you felt a year or two ago, when you were preparing to jet off to a foreign country for exotic adventures and easy money?

If you’re the driven type, that excitement has probably been replaced by nagging worries and questions like: Will my TEFL experience help me get a job back home? Should I include my teaching experience on my resume? When I was a teacher in Taiwan these questions always popped up at expat get-togethers.

As time goes by, many expats begin to feel themselves sinking into to the quicksand that can become teaching abroad. They know that they don’t want to teach forever, but they fear that their time their time spent teaching will be seen as a negative to employers back home. (more…)

Posted October 09, 2014 by

Want to Study Abroad? How You Can Afford It

Studying abroad is an opportunity for college students to learn while experiencing a different culture.  While some students may want to pursue this kind of education, the cost might be too much for them.  The following infographic offers suggestions on how to make studying abroad more affordable along with other information. (more…)

Posted September 11, 2014 by

College Students, Are You Considering Jobs and Other Factors When Studying Abroad?

If they decide to study abroad, college students may think about one day getting jobs internationally.  In addition, there are other factors to consider for this experience, which are discussed in the following post.

Studying abroad is once-in-a-lifetime experience and those amongst us lucky enough to have the chance to do it often have an incredible time and amazing stories to share. However, it is a huge step, and with any big step, there are a lot of things to think about. Although I’m sure you’ve been inundated with stuff

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Posted August 18, 2014 by

Pursuing MS in Germany: Universities and Application Procedure

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Germany is renowned all over the world for its quality education system and not simply in engineering. Almost two and half million students all over the country end up applying for MS programs in German University; read the following post to know more about pursuing MS in Germany.

Germany being one of the reputed industrial countries in Europe, has the status of achieving great technological progress amongst the other countries of the world and has been well known for playing a significant role for economic development in the western hemisphere. (more…)

Posted August 01, 2014 by

Want to Grab Attention for Your Entry Level Job Search? Apply the STAR Method

For college students and recent graduates looking to get attention in their entry level job searches, one strategy might be to apply the STAR method.  Learn more in the following post.

Like most job seekers, you have a lot to say about how great you would be as an employee. However, you have a limited amount of space on a resume – and only so much time during job interviews – to get your point across, and impress the recruiter. The language you choose, then, must be both concise…

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Posted July 22, 2014 by

4 Effective Tips On Getting an Entry Level Job After Study Abroad

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Female student from Sicily in a city park in Germany. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

We all look for a new career with foreign education and our journey starts with a job. A job after completing your degree from abroad is not only important to pay for all your educational loans but also to acquire a return on the investment that you have made on your studies.

If you are willing to get hired in an overseas location after completing your studies, you must know the fact that very few foreign schools provide their students with on-campus jobs. Therefore, when it comes to finding an entry level employment, you have to go through this hectic process all by yourself, but remember that finding and getting your desired job is not easy. (more…)

Posted July 21, 2014 by

Writing Cover Letters for Jobs, Recent College Graduates? 4 Things They Should Achieve

When writing cover letters for jobs, recent college graduates should make sure they achieve four things.  Find out what they are in the following post.

Every element, from top to bottom, of your cover letter is important. To impress the reader (and to get them to take longer than 6.2 seconds on your resume), though, there are four goals every cover letter you send must accomplish…

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Posted July 09, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Involved in Negotiation When it Comes to Jobs? Avoid These 7 Mistakes

Before accepting new jobs, recent college graduates may have the opportunity to negotiate for something.  When negotiating, they (and other job seekers) should avoid these seven mistakes discussed in the following post.

While even the word “negotiation” can evoke fear, stress and anxiety for many, the intent is quite simple: to discuss and ultimately agree on a deal.  Whether it’s a multimillion dollar contract or just deciding where to meet for lunch, life is rife with negotiations.  And, the negotiation process is

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