International academic experience can set you apart from other candidates when searching for a job or internship. Highlighting the skills and knowledge you have gained by studying abroad on your resume is a great way to convey global competency. Since only a small percentage of students study abroad or take a semester abroad through an exchange program, this sets you apart from others.
Companies nowadays are looking for people who have studies abroad because they understand that international students have the necessary skills to work in multi-cultural and international environments. By listing your study abroad experience on your resume you demonstrate the ability to be independent and take on new challenges.
Market your study abroad experience on your resume no matter what, as that way you convey your international and multi-cultural skills and competences to prospective employers in our increasingly inter-connected world.
Germany is the the third option students chose to study after USA and England. It attracts a large number of foreign students because the German education system has undergone a large internationalization. Prospective students from all over the world chose Germany, not surprisingly since Germany is one of the most financially stable countries in Europe and unlike other European countries the recent financial crisis didn’t have much of an impact on the economy and this shows how stable Germany is.
It is also a country in the heart of Europe, a central hub for international transportation, a place for innovation and amazing business opportunities.
If you study in Germany you will be studying at one of the best universities with a long tradition and at some of the best universities in the world. Receiving great education in one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, and as of October 2014 it is literally free in the aftermath of Germany deciding to abolish tuition fees in the entire country. Also, living in a secure and safe country is no doubt a dream come true for many. Thus you can’t go wrong if you chose to study in Germany.
Market your study abroad experience
You must know how to present you study abroad experience in you resume when applying for jobs and/or internships. It is important to place your studies in Germany at the Education section of your CV and list relevant skills for the position you are applying, be mindful to add skills to your CV that match the position or the company you are applying for. Also be sure not come off as bragging by listing to many or unnecessary skills on your resume that don’t add much value.
Consider incorporating these three important skills that potential employers will be interested in knowing: how well did you adjust to the new culture; how much did you learn the language at the country you studied at and how much time did you spend abroad. This way you show to prospective employers your cultural and language adaptability, as well as your perseverance. Living in a new country and adapting to a foreign culture is no easy task and this is how you show cultural adaptability. If you mastered the new language at any level put it on your resume as this will show the ability to master new things easily as well as language enhancement. The final and third skill that is great to showcase on your resume is the time spent studying abroad because it shows flexibility and perseverance.
Another important thing to add to your resume are references, think of who would be a great person to ask for a reference such as a professor, faculty member or a host family member and ask them before leaving Germany or after you have come back to your home country while the experience is still fresh in everybody’s mind.
Ace the interview
The second and the most important thing you will have to deal is the interview itself. Now it’s different to have it all written and planned in your head and totally different to have to present yourself to the hiring managers when you get invited for an interview. We all get pre-job interview jitters and get a little nervous – that is understandable – but you must make sure to be calm, collect and present yourself in the most professional way you can as well be prepared to answer all questions.
Practice makes perfect, so practice home rewording your description of study abroad skills in a more business-like and professional way. Try to be as articulate as possible about the way studying abroad has helped you and developed you as a person and it’s a good idea to be formal, since after all you are not explaining these to your friend but to a potential place you will be working.
If you have studied abroad, you know the broad value that this type of education brings you. It is very valuable and important. You have now returned home, a stronger you. You have insights into the world that others who have not traveled do not have. Whether you are speaking to domestic or international employers, your study abroad experience will always provide you with strengths and vision that are almost unattainable if you don’t study abroad. Good luck and best wishes in your job searching.