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Why studying abroad could help you get hired

Want to increase your chances of landing a job after graduation? Go see the world.

A recent study investigating the impact of mobility on employability, skills development, institutional development and the internationalization of higher education institutions in Europe has shown that students who study abroad have a better shot at finding a job after graduation than those who don’t.

On average, Erasmus students were more likely to get a job after studying abroad than 70% of all students. Based on their personality traits as well, the study showed they had a better predisposition for employability even before going abroad. By the time they returned to their country of origin they increased their advantage by 42%, with 81% of them perceiving an improvement in their soft skills, such as team work or familiarity with office software.

According to the study, 64% of employers consider international experience as important for recruiting, reporting that graduates with an international background receive greater professional responsibility more often.

Of the employers questioned, 92% said they preferred their recruits to have soft (or transversal) skills; 91% said they prioritized knowledge of the field and 78% felt relevant work experience was most important.

Other interesting findings were that more than 1 in 3 Erasmus students who took a job placement abroad were hired or offered a position by their host company, and 1 in 10 started their own company. On top of this, the unemployment rate of Erasmus students five years after graduation is 23% lower than the norm.

 

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Top 10 colleges for undergraduate students in 2021

As a high school student planning to go to college, there are a few things you should know before applying to universities abroad. You need to find out which country offers the degree you’re looking for, see if you’re qualified to get into a university there, figure out how much studying abroad will cost, and then learn to prepare for the SATs. Yes, the process might be long and tedious, but an international experience is totally worth it! This list of top colleges for undergraduate students and what they have to offer is going to be enough to convince you.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  2. Harvard University

  3. Stanford University

  4. ETH Zurich

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Preparing to Study Abroad: What You Don’t Already Know

Before you go abroad, people flood your mind with all of the “things” you HAVE to do before you embark on your amazing new journey. Visas, currency exchanges, and packing are certainly on the pre-study-abroad to-do list, but there are many things they don’t tell you. I’m here to tell you the things you don’t already know about how to prepare for studying abroad.

If you don’t wear it in the United States, chances are you will not wear it abroad.

Packing for a 4-month, 2-month, or yearlong journey can be quite the daunting task. You try your very best to pack as much as you can into your suitcase without going over the 50 lb. weight limit. However, I can promise you that you will not wear the cardigan from the back of your closet that you haven’t worn in two years. Pack basic items of clothing and things that you ACTUALLY wear. You will most likely shop in whatever study abroad location you are in, because foreign fashion is so much cooler.

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How Study Abroad Transformed My Social Life

As I boarded the plane last year at my connection in Munich on the way to my study abroad location in Seville, Spain, I squinted suspiciously at the crowd around me. My stomach threatening to flip inside out, I committed myself to the task of examining my fellow passengers, many of whom were around my age and laden with bulging carry-ons like mine. How many of them were study abroad students? Would any of them be in my program? And most importantly, did they seem nice?

It’s hard to judge a stranger’s character from a wordless airport encounter, especially when that stranger is sporting a giant hoodie, a messy bun, and the heavy eyelids of a traveler who’s been up one too many hours. But, I sure did try — the fate of my social life for the next few months was at stake, after all.

It’s been a year now since I returned home from my semester in Spain. The other night, I had a Zoom call with four dear friends I’d met abroad. For an hour, we spoke fondly of weekend trips across Europe and nightly visits to our favorite local bar, swapped life updates, and marveled at the pandemonium that was 2020. In the silence after we said our goodbyes until the next virtual meeting, I thought about how grateful I was to have made such great friends abroad

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