WHY SUMMER JOB ABROAD IS BETTER THAN ONE AT HOME
Going to Greece for a job might sound a bit scary but with sunshine, travel and the opportunity to do something really cool, it’s not hard to see why it is a better option. Our clients are choosing to go and work abroad more than ever. In fact, the number of young people going to work in Greece has actually doubled in the past 5 years.
The first step to gaining independence is to decide to go and work abroad. By choosing to go and do something different, you’re already making the active choice to push your comfort zone. Independence is usually defined by taking control of your situation and not just accepting the flow. Coming away from your home comforts will naturally make you more independent.
Living abroad will test you as you adapt to a new culture, find your feet and get into the flow of a different place. You chose to go to Greece and had a completely different experience to other people who just stayed at home.
A study in 2014 by the European Commission showed 9 out of 10 employers are looking for people with the skills and traits that travelling and spending time abroad can develop. Having a student job abroad will give you countless examples to wow everyone in your next job interview.
You meet people from all around the world
One of the best things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. People will define a place and a place will define its people. Embrace meeting new people and learn from them. You’ll learn something new from every person you meet. It’s great to hear different people’s opinions and their ways of looking at the world. The more you meet people, the more you’ll be able to compare differences and find common ground. It’s surprising how many common beliefs we all share, despite our backgrounds or cultural upbringing.
Meeting new people is also a great way to flex your communication and language skills. The more times you introduce yourself to a new group of people, the less intimidating it becomes.
You’ll be able to travel
Working and living in another country is a great way to travel. On days off, evenings and weekends… go and explore. See the local attractions or rent a car on your day off and travel the island.. the options are endless!
Travel also is proven to significantly reduce stress and increase life expectancy. When you’re trying to earn money in the holidays, choose a job which you’ll enjoy. Think of the hot weather, beautiful beaches, the different pace of life and things to do when you finish at work.
Experience a different culture
Broaden your mind by experiencing a new place and meeting new people. When you work on on of the Greek islands you’ll experience its culture on a deeper level. Living in a new place will naturally build your cultural awareness, as you find yourself around people who have a completely different background to your own.
You’ll be able to meet the locals, learn the language, know what to buy in the corner shop and where to look for the best deals. It’s a great chance to experience a place away from the tourist traps and live like a local. Having a summer job abroad is a great way to see things from a different perspective and to learn from each other.
It gives you the edge
Job interviews are always tough, especially when you know you’re up against someone else with exactly the same degree and skill set. What will make you shine just that little bit brighter and let you come out on top?
In our experience employers are impressed by people who have taken a gap year or career break and this opinion seems to be growing, across the board.
It’s popular opinion that working abroad makes you more culturally aware and people seem to be more confident and self assured. Having a summer job in Greece allows you to think creatively, you would’ve needed to be able to adjust to life in another country, from finding a place to live, to learning to communicate and even the daily commute. You’ll have grown as a person and will be more adept to coping with change.
Drop us your CV and we will help you boost it with some valuable experience, whilst you will have fun in Greece!