Asked by Karah on September 21, 2017
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on September 27, 2017
I think the answer to this could vary depending on your career goals. If you have an interest in international business or any sort of position that would view international experience as valuable, then yes, I think studying abroad is beneficial. However, I don't believe it is relevant to all future careers or employers. Also, I think it depends on the opportunities you take advantage of while studying abroad. If you want to study abroad simply to travel, I am not sure this would be viewed as beneficial or a desirable experience by an employer. If you choose to study abroad, I would ensure you take advantage of obtaining an internship or taking classes that would directly benefit your future career goals. When sharing this experience with a potential future employer, you should ensure you can highlight it in a way that shows the experience was meaningful.
Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on September 27, 2017
Great question! I think the experience can be invaluable for many reasons, but you do want to make sure you understand what those reasons are for. If you plan on studying abroad to see the world I would agree that it would be an amazing experience, however, if you were involved in an internship or classes that directly relate to what you would want to do in the future it would look more attractive to a potential employer. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience so I understand why colleges promote their programs, but you can also turn it into a way to gain beneficial and professional as well that align with your career goals. I hope this helps!
Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on October 18, 2017
Study Abroad experiences can be very valuable and can give you a unique edge to employers, especially in certain fields. Not only can you learn about cultures other than your own, you can develop skills with communication, international experience, and flexibility. This shows employers that you are open to new experiences and willing to work with others who come from different experiences than yourself. This is of growing importance in our international workforce.