How to Prepare for an International Career

Many students and young professionals dream of a career that takes them around the world. If you’re wondering how to work abroad in the future, it’s important to know that you can start preparing now. Here are 5 ways to prepare for an international career:

Academics

As a student, you have access to a wide variety of resources. Consider taking classes that have a global focus. Attend events and seminars on international topics. Reach out to international professors and students on campus! Furthermore, foreign language classes are a great way to learn more about a culture. Additionally, they will enhance your language skills, which makes you desirable to employers abroad.

 

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Internships

Previous professional experience in a foreign country is the best way to land a job abroad. Not many young professionals have interned outside of their home country. So, an international internship stands out on your CV and shows employers abroad you can thrive in a new environment.

Mindset

If you want an international career, you will need to have the right mindset. Moving abroad is very exciting, but it is also a challenge. A global mind is a must for any professional abroad. Open-mindedness should be one of your top qualities. Have a mind that keeps you curious, thoughtful and open to new experiences.

 

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Language Skills

If you can speak the local language of your destination, you increase your chances of getting hired. Fluency in multiple languages is extremely valued by international companies. Also, as many industries and organizations begin to work on a global level, your language skills will only become more valuable.

Flexibility

International careers, as with all international experiences, require a certain amount of flexibility. Your ability to deal with challenges and go with the flow will be a big part of your success abroad. Flexibility is something you can develop over time, and some people are naturally more flexible than others. So, take advantage of challenges and any opportunities to go abroad.

 

Now that you know how to work abroad, apply now for an internship abroad to launch your international career!

 

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3. based on  Entrepreneur, Employer, Leader by Home Thods, CC 2.0

 

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Maeve Allsup

Originally from Colorado, Maeve currently lives in Santiago Chile, where she writes about travel and professional development for The Intern Group. She studied International Relations and Communications at American University and loves travel, hiking and all things outdoors.
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