The foreign returned tag for any professional is a huge plus in the job market even today. People may argue that India has the best possible higher education and they would be correct, but the problem of obtaining admission into the institution of choice still exists. The sheer numbers are against the chance of even bright students getting their due choice in India today.
This has resulted in numbers looking further a field toward countries like the US and UK (the obvious choices) and then again China, Russia, the Scandinavian belt and down under to Australia. Engineering and IT are the two top choices for students today, in the top line universities. Non-professional courses like a Master or even Ph.D in organizational psychology are also very popular these days. Another course that has seen a lot of interest is a Bachelor degree in Shipping Management.
Despite the current atmosphere and reports of racist trouble from almost welcome in all of these places as they are quiet, well mannered and extremely diligent. It also helps that they have a good educational grounding and are willing to apply themselves. Indian students are quite adaptable and can survive under the harsh conditions of countries like Russia and China. They usually cook their own food, so even that problem is surmounted. Countries like UK and US are very easy to adjust to.
The soft skills and varied experiences accrued by students who placed who placed themselves well and truly into the foreign atmosphere can stand them in good stead for later benefits.
This stay on foreign climes can be tangentially used as a way to gain a critical career advantage.
In the final analysis for getting the right job it is applicants who can communicate well, both in person and in writing who have the edge. Here is where an early experience and understanding of cross cultural issues and an appreciation for different points of view come in handy.
Time spent studying abroad can be the most formative experience of a lifetime, or it could also be a litany of classes and swatting. It can be just one more item on the resume, or it can provide the most colorful examples in your job interview – where maximum impact has to be made in a few minutes.
If you take advantage of all study abroad has to offer, you will become that memorable candidate with instant recall in the minds of the interviewer – the one who truly gets the employer’s attention. While this is in itself a laudable aim, you are also providing yourself with a broader and more informed base to view the world from.
Do not lose out on the major advantages of your time away from the home environment. Try and mix in with the socio cultural milieu of your local peers, with a view to understanding and appreciating their way of life. An insular approach will only leave you with an idea of how Indians abroad live and think. Learning the language is a huge plus when it comes to an interview. As an Indian certain fluency with language is inherent (probably because India is such a polyglot nation) so it makes sense to use this facility and increase the tick marks on your resume.
The specific country can also offer different, opportunities in terms of the history cultures flora and fauna, which can be mined for extra curricular study to enhance your regular course.
Time and budget permitting, it might make a lot of sense to research and do more, for instance find out more about the fishing industry in Scandinavia, or study he historical aspects of old Roman culture.
It all adds up when the interviewer asks you to elaborate on your experience. A short digression will be tolerated even during an interview, if your story or experience can show up a different facet of the country ad in the process, your own personality.
If your chosen university or institution offers the chance to do, an internship or volunteer assignment, seize the opportunity with both hands. It could result in making friends with locals, learning the intricacies of their everyday concerns and getting invaluable experience.
Not every such venture will meet with utmost success but even bad to middling experiences will count for something in the long run. Not every experience is a good one, but a certain level of discomfort or failure can make you more resilient.
Travel options also fan out when you have the exposure to different media. Every holiday need not be utilized for a trip to the bosom of family and friends – it can also be spent on a budget trip to parts of the world that have so far not garnered tourist attention. A quiet ten days spent in a small town will render up a life times worth of memories and experiences if done with an open mind.
Use public transport cycle or even hitchhike, (wherever it is legal and safe). In this way you will maximize contact with locals, interact with regular people from all walks of life and be able to draw a picture of the country to hold onto in later life.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page (St Augustine). This is a truism that still holds good. And open mind to the various experiences gained can be later culled for presentation to a prospective employer to great effect.