I was always told that college would be the best four years of my life. What was never mentioned to me was how quickly it would all fly by. In those four short years, you not only need to pass your classes to obtain a degree, but you also must participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer and complete internships to fill your resume in order to land a job come graduation.
Studying abroad is not only the perfect way to gain real world experience through an internship and stand out in the job hunt, but also to learn about different cultures. Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to London to work for a public relations agency and gain more knowledge about what life is like after college ends.
Here are three tips to anyone interning abroad:
1. Get ready to work
As an intern, you usually do many things around the office that allow you to experience all aspects of work life. Make sure you are flexible and up for any task that may come your way.
2. Be proactive
An employer will be impressed if you are stepping up and suggesting ideas or asking how you can help out if you have a slow workload. This will allow you to maximize your time at your internship.
3. Have fun!
Yes, the internship is a crucial place to learn things that cannot be taught by your college professor, but those in the work world like to have a good time too. Make sure you bond with you co-workers outside the office as well. If they are going to grab a bite to eat after a long day at work, join in. This is the perfect way to explore a new city if you are studying abroad.
My internship abroad gave me hands-on experience that I would not have been able to learn in the classroom and helped me bridge the gap between the laid-back college lifestyle and the 40+ hour work week that follows graduation. Those four years will come to an end faster than you think. Take the opportunity to work abroad to help your transition to the real world and create an experience better than you can imagine.
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