In this episode I spoke with Dr Christine Menges, who’s co-authored a book with Professor Thomas Klassen entitled The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad: From Success in the Classroom to a Fulfilling Career, published by Routledge.  

If you or anyone you know is thinking about studying abroad, this is a must-read. It answers all your questions from applying for university places to applying for jobs.  It's full of practical tips and case studies. Here are a few takeaways from a career perspective:

1.  Make a Decision

If you’re not thinking about studying abroad, the question might be why not? Employers value people with the skills and experiences that international students have to develop by necessity. Skills like problem-solving, adaptability, international awareness, and dealing with uncertainty are very much in demand. It means the challenges in studying abroad are more than worth it.

2.  Overcome Challenges

One of the biggest challenges to studying and working abroad depends on your mind-set, which means it’s under your control. Be prepared and know what you want to achieve abroad but keep an open mind. Don’t worry about what-ifs. Instead, embrace the differences and stay curious. You’ll enjoy the whole experience and find your confidence grows. Employers like confidence.

3.  Find a Career

Learn about the “Triple M Approach” set out in the book. Me, Market, Match is a great way to find the right job for you. Be sure to do the research you need to learn about the market you want to work in. It’s especially important when you want to work abroad, since it’s less familiar. 

To find out more about the Essential Guide, click here.

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