Covid-19: Should I still do an internship abroad?
The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis for everyone and especially for students. Mobility abroad is an integral part of a successful curriculum that can, unfortunately, be impacted by the pandemic. Obviously, the purpose of mobility is also traveling, getting to know new cultures, discovering different countries. There is no doubt - these all things that cannot be replaced with working online. However, this is the time to be resilient! We have collected 5 good reasons for you to still go ahead and complete an internship abroad.
1. Enhance your employability
An internship abroad is the most exciting way to make your CV stand out. By leaving your home country, you will improve your language skills but not only… According to a report by the Erasmus+ agency, more than 80% of learners feel that their self-confidence, serenity, open-mindedness and adaptability have been strengthened. Besides, professional skills as problem-solving skills and autonomy will also be developed.
2. Broaden your network management
Open-mindedness and multiculturalism are important skills as much for your personal development as in a professional environment. An Erasmus+ opportunity can open you the doors of many kinds of professional experiences. By interning abroad, you will cultivate a community of international colleagues and professionals that you can reach out to for years to come. Now, that’s called a global network!
3. Learn new intercultural competences even through online work
Internationalisation is a real asset on your resume for recruiters. Working abroad with a different system in a language that is not your mother tongue will allow you to stand out. It will attract the attention of recruiters who will give priority to your application. In organisations, adaptability is a much appreciated quality. At the interview, show them how you worked and what you implemented during your Erasmus+ internship!
4. European frontiers are still opened
Have you always wanted to discover cultures? To travel across a new country? To live enriching experiences? To get out of your comfort zone? All this is still possible: Don’t give up on your dreams and keep travelling! In most European countries, you can move freely around the country. This is the opportunity to discover the surrounding cities and regions.
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5. Foster your self development
Going abroad contributes to your personal development. It is an opportunity to discover yourself and gain responsibility. You will approach issues differently while learning to put them into perspective. You'll learn how to cope and find solutions on your own. By improving your autonomy you will know how to integrate into a new environment and will be able to manage all kinds of situations in the future!
Inspired, but still worried? Are you wondering how to deal with Covid-19 situation once you are abroad? Check out how Build your future can help you to feel secure to leave!