Why Education Abroad?
From Accounting to Zoology, education abroad can maximize your UK degree by opening your eyes to fresh perspectives, differing ways of living and new professional opportunities. So why is this important?
Our world continues to become increasingly interconnected and employers are seeking graduates who have cross-cultural competence, real-world application and transferable skills. We want to prepare you for the globally competitive world that awaits you after graduation.
UK students who go abroad gain abundant life skills, preparing them for continued education and employment opportunities. Here's how it can benefit you.
What's in it for me?
Think of education abroad as an investment in your future. When approached with intention, you can maximize a global experience to benefit you academically, professionally and personally.
Students who study abroad can become more culturally sensitive and self-confident. These skills help you build relationships, communicate and network professionally. By broadening your understanding of your discipline, you also open yourself up to more social mobility and new job markets. Aren't comfortable with the idea of moving to Boston for that dream job? After living independently in another country, that prospect will not only seem exciting, it will also be a piece of cake.
Employers also recognize that certain competencies come with education abroad experience. They associate desirable skills with education abroad, such as adaptability, confidence, ability to work with a team, global perspective, resilience and leadership qualities to name a few. Does that mean the act of going abroad will magically grant you these qualities? Of course not. But education abroad can set you up to enhance key skills and gain applicable life experience that employers are looking for in their newest hire.
And in case you needed another reason, research also shows that those who studied abroad do better academically after their study abroad experience, compared to those who did not study abroad.
Research shows that studying abroad can help you:
- Understand the complexity of global issues.
- Apply disciplinary knowledge in a global context.
- Enhance intercultural awareness and work with people from other cultures.
- Become more adaptable and open-minded.
- Be comfortable with ambiguity.
- Increase your independence and self-reliance.
- Have greater self-confidence.
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