Turning a Year’s Foreign Study Into a Career

When you go off to university you usually do so under the assumption that you’ll spend around three years in one city and then find yourself a career based around the topic you’re studying, either in your chosen city or where you’re from back home. However, not all courses are like this and some involve the opportunity to travel to universities overseas to get a better understanding of your chosen specialty.

For example, what better way to enhance the quality of the language course you’re studying than to actually visit the country itself and get a feel for the people, how they study certain aspects of the topic and how the language is used in natural environments. You might be studying something such as law with French – to use an example – and the only way you’re likely to gain the best possible understanding of the French language is to travel to France itself and study the French law, in French, with French tutors. The same concept is true whether you study abroad in Israel, Spain, Italy or Germany – just about anywhere in fact.

Having spent that time overseas and returned to your home university to complete your course, you might decide that you enjoyed your time away so much you want to put your qualification to good use and move to the country on a full-time basis to find work in your chosen field. Using the previous example, you might decide you want to work in the French legal system or as a French tutor or lecturer. Alternatively, you might want to work in a similar role to the people who taught you but teaching the French students English.

This kind of opportunity is usually only presented by certain courses, it’s certainly not one that is offered with every course. However, a lot of postgraduate degrees can be studied overseas, giving you the chance to add a second string to your bow by funding your own foreign studies and getting that real-life experience abroad. This will put you in a great position when it comes to making an application for a position in that country because it will let the employers see you are particularly keen on working there and it won’t just be to gain a bit of experience.

Once you’ve obtained your qualifications, you’re essentially able to apply for a position anywhere in the world. You would have to apply for the necessary legal paperwork to do so, obviously, but once that is approved you are entitled to put your skills to good use and forge a career for yourself in an industry you want to be in, that you’re passionate about, and that you’ve worked so hard to get into.