When you return from your Residency Abroad ensure that you update your CV with your new skills and experiences. In a competitive job market, your experience abroad, whether you spent a semester studying or a year working in a foreign country, might just set you apart from the other candidates.
Where should I put my Residency Abroad experience?
- This depends on how you spent your time abroad. If your experience was at a University, it is best to include it under education, however if you completed a work placement you might choose to include it under relevant work experience. You could include study and work abroad experience in a separate category labelled “International Experience”, but this is only appropriate if you’ve had several experiences abroad.
What should I include?
- Don’t just list your programme name, country and dates and think that is enough – you need to explain what you gained from the experience and why it’s worth the potential employer knowing about it. Focus on your accomplishments and skills – showcase the results of your experience abroad, not just where you went and what you did.
How should I talk about my experience in an interview?
- Be prepared to discuss the skills, credentials and awareness you gained whilst abroad as this will be attractive to potential employers. The transferable skills that you would have gained can be moulded to any career path and job description; look at the keywords and skills that are mentioned, you will most likely find that there is overlap with the skills you have gained. Articulate your experiences, where you studied/worked, where you travelled and what you learned in a focused and concise manner – avoid going off on tangents.