The United Kingdom is fortunate enough to have some of the best educational institutions in the world. Sure, many will talk about famous American colleges like Harvard, but the UK has Universities like Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh that have produced some of the brightest and most talented graduates.
So why is it then that so many are looking to study abroad in Israel or other European nations like Spain, France or Germany; or even further afield in countries like the UAE or even Australia? Well the truth is, the UK is producing so many talented graduates that even a first class honours degree sometimes isn’t enough to help them to nail the job of their dreams. Shows such as The Apprentice feature people from all walks of life who have built their careers from scratch or had opportunities handed to them, yet they compete on an even playing field for a high-flying position. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be given such an opportunity, and they need to find an alternative route to achieving what they view as their dream.
While the cost of education is on the increase in the UK with Universities now legally allowed to charge up to £9,000-a-year, more and more students are looking for alternative methods of obtaining the qualifications they need so they have two choices – pay it, or look for a plan B such as Open University courses. What they’re not realizing is the potential of overseas study for more than just the chance to save a bit of money.
Studying abroad opens up a variety of opportunities and just one of which is adding that ‘wow’ factor to the CV that will impress your potential employers. Think about it logically – if you’re presented with two applications from people who have obtained the same ‘A’ levels and the same degree in the same subject, how do you split them? With something that really makes one stand out from the other. One might have been and studied abroad for a year, learning more about the subject from another source in another country and forming opinions and gaining knowledge that they may never have picked up in the UK. This could give them that extra edge that they can bring home to a business in the United Kingdom to give the company that special employee they’re looking for.
In addition to adding a bit of sparkle to a CV, it also helps with personal development to move away from your comfort zone and to push yourself to use your talents and expand on them. Living on your own, fending for yourself and – potentially – having to learn a knew language and all about the culture of the country, will encourage you to bring out a number of traits, building on your independence and confidence so that when you arrive back in the UK, you’re not just in a position to apply for a job, but for a role with everything you’re looking for whether that’s a position of responsibility or one with excellent prospects.
This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84