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How Studying Abroad Can Impact Your Professional Career

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studyabroadA recent article in TIME magazine has emphasized the value of studying abroad, and to what extent it can impact your professional success. So, what are the main benefits of studying abroad?

Boasting a student and faculty body that comprises over 100 nationalities – 98% of which speak more than two languages – EU is certainly no stranger to international education. It’s said that candidates who choose to study programs abroad not only build up a large network of friends from around the world, but also acquire (as TIME describes) an “open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures” and become “more able to make connections among disparate ideas.”

People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests. What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.” TIME magazine

The article also suggests that professionals with experience in other countries become makes them “more flexible, more complex and creative thinkers.”

Alumnus Pedro Brehm commented on his international experience at EU: “The global networking opportunities and the international environment at EU served me well by allowing me to work efficiently with people from all around the world. When you see the pace at which today’s global economy is evolving, you appreciate the need for a higher level of versatility from the world’s business schools and, subsequently, its leaders.”

It goes without saying that studying or spending time in a foreign country also prepares candidates for an internationally-successful future career.  The main reason for this is that professionals who have international experience acquire a knowledge that makes them easily applicable and adaptable to situations, which makes them ideal candidates for jobs that specifically involve international interaction. Employers across the globe highly value candidates who have completed a course in a relevant area, have international exposure and can succeed in the English-speaking business world. It’s also worth remembering that such experience is also a great talking/selling point during a job interview, and something that will impress an employer who is looking for someone who can embrace challenges thrive out of their comfort zone.

With intercampus exchanges available on all of our EU campuses located in Munich, Barcelona, Geneva and Montreux, and numerous partnerships with some of the world’s most prestigious universities across the globe, EU offers the enriching, international experience that could put your professional profile in demand. To find out more information about our programs, go to our website.

If you’ve studied abroad, why not let us know how your experience has impacted you career in the comments box!


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