Are you struggling to understand how your study abroad can help you stand out in your job search, or how to talk about it with employers? Your experience abroad can be a big asset when you’re applying for jobs and internships. But what do employers see as the value of your study abroad experience?
To answer this question, the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University reached out to employers to find out what differentiated recent hires with international experience from those without international experience. From their research, more than 50% of the employers surveyed reported that recent hires with international experience excelled in these three areas:
- Interacting with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives
- Understanding cultural differences in the workplace
- Adapting to situations of change
Additionally, 45% of these employers said that hires with international experience also excelled in gaining new knowledge from experiences.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Employers recognize that your study abroad has given you valuable skills. But there’s a catch. In order for your experience abroad to help you in your job search, you first need to clearly understand what you got out of the experience, and how it can be an asset in the workplace.
Here are 3 steps to help: