Studying abroad is becoming more and more common, but each individual who goes will have a completely unique experience. It will shape everyone who does it in a different way. And the experiences I’ve had have changed me in ways that no one else has undergone. That is why I am adding study abroad to my resume.
One of the many ways I have changed from studying abroad is I have become much more independent. I feel confident doing things alone and know what to do if something unexpected happens. I can apply this to a workplace by knowing what to do if something goes wrong and needs quick action to fix it. I will also be telling future employers that being abroad has made me more confident in who I am by forcing me to be more independent.
Something else I learned is how to plan and be more organized. Booking trips in advance takes a lot of organizational skills. You need to keep everything in order so the trips go smoothly. I will be telling future employers that I am a very organized individual and I owe that in part to my semester abroad. The experience really forces you to become an organized person, which I am so grateful for.
Another resume worthy aspect is bravery. It takes a lot of guts to get on a plane and move across the world, especially if you do not know anyone going with you. I will be telling future employers that I am less fearful about the future and unknown events because of this experience. I am more willing to take risks and make the most out of whatever life throws at me.
The last thing that I will attribute is being financially aware. I have never had to be so aware of how I spend my money before because I usually have a stable source of income from a job. Studying abroad has taught me to ration my money and budget plan ahead of time. This skill is very applicable in a workplace and I will be talking about that in an interview if I am asked how my program has changed me.
Overall, there are so many qualities about myself that I can attribute to my semester abroad. It has made me a more well rounded individual and showed me aspects of myself that I never knew existed, and I am forever thankful for that.
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