Of course, going overseas exposes you to new cultures and fills your mind with amazing memories, but it also fills your resume with marketable experiences.
“The new world economy demands that we have international experience as part of our training. Studying or volunteering abroad is a powerful way to acquire this credential,” said Jean-Marc Hachey, author and online publisher of The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas.
For years, students have known the value of learning a new language, meeting people from a new culture, or just seeing the world. Now, however, more employers are recognizing the benefits of their would-be employees working overseas. In a global economy, Hachey said companies are looking for what’s called an international IQ.
“If you want to build up your International IQ, you need to acquire multiple layers of international experience throughout your years in college.”
“Employers require previous international experience. They want proof that you can work in a cross-cultural work environment and that you have the skills to succeed abroad.”
If you’re thinking about going overseas to study, Hachey will be a guest speaker at 3 Study and Go Abroad Spring fairs. The events will take place in Vancouver on March 3rd, in Montreal on March 5th and in Toronto on March 6.
A 2014 survey by Universities Canada found that, although 97 per cent of Canadian universities offers overseas experiences — and 88 percent have international degree programs — only 3.1 percent of Canadian undergraduates studied abroad in 2014, which is less than 50,000 students. By comparison, 30 per cent of German students, 13 per cent of Australians and 10 per cent of Americans will do at least part of their education in a foreign country.