Studying Abroad Experience and Getting a Job
It is difficult to study abroad and even harder to get a job. You have to be prepared for the fact that you are in for a tough ride. On the other hand, it may look very good on your resume and you may end up with a top class qualification in an institution with a high level of esteem.
You may be able to get a scholarship to study abroad
There are some scholarships that will pay for you to study abroad if it is in a certain subject area. There are even some that give scholarships if you study in other countries because they feel that the American job market could use students from certain areas of the world that are simply not applying for American jobs.
You will probably find it hard to get a job
In Britain or Canada, they will hire you quicker than they will hire their own people. They will like your accent and the fact that you are American. If you go to other countries then you will be discriminated against. Americans are not well liked around the world because of a certain eight-year period in their recent history. If there is a language barrier then it will be harder still.
Studying abroad may look good on your resume
If you are American born but have studied abroad then it will look good. If you also attended a famous and/or well-known University then it will look better still. If you are studying another language, then learning in a country that famously invented it is going to look very good on your resume.
When you do add it to your resume, you can also mention the other benefits, such as how it shows you are independent. How you are now more culturally aware and how you have become more mature as a result of your overseas learning.
Reasons not to study abroad
There are some reasons why you should not study abroad. Before you run off and start applying, you may want to look at a few problems you are going to have:
You may not have time
Studying abroad takes a lot of planning and preparation and you may not have the time to do it. You may need inoculations and will definitely have more red tape to go through if you want to study in a legitimate college, for example, you may need a Green Card or whatever certification is needed to study in another country.
May struggle to get information
You can get lots of information about studying in your own country, but there are a lot of things you need to find out about studying abroad and the information may not be readily available to you.
It is going to cost you more to study abroad than to study in your own country. However, the living costs may be less in a different country, though they may also be more.
The language barrier
If you do not speak the language very well then you are going to really struggle. The only incentive may be that your grant/scholarship insists that you go to a certain country, in which case you had better learn the language fast.
It may be dangerous
Even Hawaii can be dangerous if you venture out of your designated student area. Most of Europe is safe for Americans, but it is only really the British and Canadians that will welcome you with open arms.
You may suffer homesickness
You are going to be away from everything you have ever known and it may be a little much for some people.
Start applying for jobs right away
Do not wait until you are over there. Start applying for jobs right away over the Internet. It is true that you will not be able to interview until you are there, but it takes weeks to arrange interviews anyway. You can see what companies are around your college by using Google maps. Plus, there are online directories that have jobs listed for other countries.
You can use their version of Google to find jobs. You can even use Google translator to translate your search term into one that matches their language. For example, if you were going to Russia, then you would use "www.google.ru" and you would use Google translate to turn "Jobs in Moscow" into "Работа в Москве." You can even use Google translate to convert the web pages into English so you can read them.
Remember that many students drop out
You may have a solid resolve and be sure that this is the course you want to take, but remember that a lot of students drop out every year and that students who study abroad drop out at a higher rate. To avoid dropping out and landing yourself in more debt, you should research as much as you can about where you are going, and the course you are doing. Try starting your course preemptively to see how difficult it is and read personal stories from other people that have studied in the country you are going to.