International Education Helps Your Career

International Education Helps Your Career

Educationist Dr. Karan Gupta advices how International Education Can Help Your Career

So you’re considering pursuing an education overseas, but given the large expenditure of doing so, you would like to know whether or not it will be worth it. It’s normal to have these concerns; in fact, any student who has gone down the study abroad path has had these same concerns at some point or another. Fortunately, it doesn’t take too much effort to find a wealth of information in regards to just how helpful an international education can be, and not only in your professional life, but in your personal life as well. In order to save you a little time searching through all the potential benefits, we’ve simplified things by compiling a list of some of the primary ones here.


Language Skills

In today’s international marketplace, the importance of being fluent in two or more languages (especially English) cannot be stressed enough. Living abroad will give you ample practice in the tongue of the land in which you’ve decided to study. In fact, studies have shown that one of the best ways for an individual to become fluent in a new language is through submersion. This will allow you to get used to speaking a language naturally, by completely surrounding yourself with the new tongue. You’ll better be able to master pronunciation, as well as pick up a tonne of new vocabulary all through interacting with those that know the language the best, native speakers. This is an experience that cannot be replicated outside of living abroad, making it a gigantic advantage. Your amazing new language skills are bound to impress future employers, and make you a far more valuable asset in the job market.


Increase Your Employability

One primary reason that a lot of students decide to pursue an education abroad is to widen their job prospects. This applies not only to opportunities at home, but to those abroad as well, as the skills one gains from an education abroad will increase your marketability in any country. In fact, for those who hope to break into a foreign job market, one of the primary methods of doing so is through a study abroad programme. This will give you an opportunity to adapt yourself to the language, culture, and available opportunities in your target country. During your time abroad you may also have the chance of becoming an intern in a major international corporation, giving you an excellent foot in the door, and greatly increasing your odds of nailing a paid position. There are a variety of reasons why an individual may want to gain a position abroad, but the primary one is for an increased salary. The pay that you may receive for a position in India could be three or even four times as much in Europe or the United States, giving a student plenty of incentive to try and land that overseas position.


Networking Opportunities

It has oftentimes been said that success isn’t about what you know, but who you know, meaning that the connections you make throughout your early career development can become life changing opportunities further on down the line. While in any major university you’ll have ample opportunity to network and make solid business connections, those opportunities are greatly amplified through a study abroad programme. In an international programme you’ll be interacting with future business professionals from all walks of life, and from all around the world as well. The benefits to this cannot be overstated. The relationships that you develop during your time in an international university could very well grow into the career that defines your future.


Problem Solving Skills

From navigating an unfamiliar city to budgeting a foreign currency, studying overseas comes with an abundance of hurdles that you will be forced to overcome. While this may make life a bit more difficult for a student abroad, it will also impart upon them valuable problem solving skills. You’ll be better equipped to handle a plethora of issues than those who stay in their home country just won’t have to face. With each problem that you overcome you’ll grow into a stronger person, and gain valuable experience that will help you not only in your professional life, but in your private life as well.

Deciding to pursue an education abroad brings with it a range of not only financial hardships, but emotional ones as well. Being far from everything that one holds dear, such as family, friends, or just familiar surroundings, can be incredibly difficult. For this reason, many students need the assurance that it’s all going to be worth it in the end. Thankfully, there are a host of easy to grasp benefits for anyone who decides to pursue this valuable path in their education. From language skills, networking opportunities, to enhanced problem solving abilities, those that study abroad are better equipped for a long and successful career, whether at home, or overseas.  

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