Diving into an Erasmus adventure is the equivalent of “Mountains are calling, and I must go”, as not only I dived in head first, but there were no second thoughts! Based on personal experience, here are the top 5 reasons why an exchange semester abroad boosts your CV and turns your life around 360 degrees.
Get a pen and a notebook, and follow my lead!
You broaden your cultural understanding
For any company nowadays, you name it, it is central for its employees to communicate effectively. So, having a semester abroad helps you broaden your cultural understanding and you learn to communicate openly and capably with people coming from diverse backgrounds. Taking advantage of this soft skill assists you through excelling in your career at a later stage.
Becoming open-minded and accepting
Being 8 years abroad proved to me that having good soft skills is vital for your professional path. Deciding to go on an adventure in a foreign country, results in you becoming tolerant towards differences, open-minded and accepting. You become independent and you start planning your time better. Because “sharing is caring”, you learn how to share not only your house, but your daily life with international people coming from each corner of the world.
You learn a new language
Learning a new language is the single most exciting feeling you come across to. Being able to speak to locals in their native language makes you feel accepted as one of their own. Spending a semester abroad gives you the chance to speak a language you have always dreamed of. And let’s be honest, knowing only English is not enough to land you a good career, or eventually to help you have a chat with the hottie you met in the bar across the street. 😊
Networking at its best
Being abroad gives you the opportunity to network with people you never thought of connecting with. You never know who you might meet along the way and who might help you towards finding the dream job.
Networking is vital in our century, the world is becoming as small as the palm of a hand. Having good connections is important. Remember that.
The best part of being an Erasmus student. You get inspired by all these new experiences, which clears your mind and helps you decide your future career path, as Matteo and James did, two hard-working dotters. Most likely, you will change your ideas few times while networking with cool, international people which is the total beauty of living abroad. Trust me, I know. 😊
With love, your favorite Erasmus bee.
Written by Natali Popova
Born and raised in Bulgaria, leaving home at the age of 19, she created her own nomad lifestyle. 5 countries, 10 homes, 4 languages, and hundreds of international friends later, she is still as passionate about travelling and exploring as ever. Natali has “…atlas in her hands, adventure in her eyes and wanderlust in her blood.”