Stepping out of your comfort zone helps you discover yourself. There is just something about discovering new things that wakes up a part of you, you didn’t even know existed. Being away from what you know also has the power to make you a better employee. Here are the reasons why.
1. It develops your sense of curiosity
While working in another country, your mind opens up to so many things. You become hungry for learning more and discovering. This attribute alone is enough to make you a better employee. When you are curious, you want to know your environment and the people around you.
2. Helps you develop your language proficiency
Often times, people tend to overlook the importance of communication. Interning abroad forces one to learn a completely new language or learn a new set of vocabulary from a language they are not too familiar with. This is a great plus for your resume!
3. Global networking
Networking opens many doors no matter where you are but global networking might give you access to even more opportunities. Having exchanges with people who have a different sense of business than you do, will expose you to many great partnerships that will greatly benefit you in the long run. In the age of globalization, it is crucial that our contacts go beyond our national borders.
4. Alter perspectives
Seeing and doing things the same way can hinder your growth. In order to truly evolve, you need to constantly adapt to the changing market needs. Interning abroad will help you do so by allowing you to have different perspectives. Studying other markets has the power to make you add the perfect twist to your already existing product/service.
5. Different experiences
The experience you get from interning abroad cannot even compare to the one you get here, in the United States. Living in a foreign city has a way of enhancing your creativity and develop better ideas. Internship abroad will also give you a greater sense of purpose. You will discover new passions and have a clearer idea of what you really want to do. The thing about routine is that it limits our vision and sense of curiosity and discovery.
Traveling, in general, is a life changing experience. It opens your eyes to many opportunities and helps you discover yourself. Remember that, when you become a better version of yourself, you can also reach your highest potential at work and in your entrepreneurial life.
Cease opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints