The fact that students and professionals may find many opportunities overseas is not a new idea. However, in recent years, there has been a spike in Australians seeking education and work in other countries! But deciding to go abroad can be a huge step requiring huge consideration if spontaneity isn’t quite your thing. If you are open to embracing the unknown, however, this growing trend has huge potential to change your life.

Australian Students Enjoy More International Studies
Many young Aussie’s are beginning to see the benefits of programs giving the opportunity to explore a new country and culture. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of Australian students studying abroad jumped from 7,000 to 30,000! While one survey showed 48 per cent of students were considering spending time overseas, and 43 per cent cited the experiences of their peers as a major reason why. Studying abroad is seen as a growth opportunity, a positive challenge and a chance to learn about new cultures in a totally fun and beneficial way!

The Pros
Expanding your horizons by experiencing the way people in other parts of the world live, study and work is a major benefit of spending time abroad. You get the chance to learn new languages, customs, about new people and ways of life that you just would not learn in the comfort of your own home.

These benefits improve how a person interacts with a whole range of different people around the world! This ease of interaction enhances your ability to collaborate at home with others in school or the workplace. As a student, such flexibility can help you think outside the box when approaching schoolwork. If you’re a professional, your boss will appreciate your ability to adapt quickly to unfamiliar circumstances and interact with a wide range of customers and clients.

The Cons
However, packing up and going overseas isn’t easy for everyone. You have to leave familiar surroundings, including friends and family members, and learn how to budget your time and money according to a new place. It may cost more to live in the country to which you travel, and you’re not always guaranteed the best living conditions or working environment. Some professionals find they have to take a job at a lower level and don’t get the opportunities they were hoping for. Students no longer have the safety net offered by living close to their parents, and making friends in what may seem like a strange place can be difficult which may affect their overall studies.

Studying or working in a distant country has both benefits and drawbacks depending on the person. If you’re not sure whether abroad life is for you or not, consider what you’d like to accomplish academically or professionally, and weigh the potential gains over what you’ll have to give up during your time aboard. If the advantages make it worth the cost, seek opportunities to reap the benefits of spending time immersed in a new and exciting culture!

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