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I'm sorry for doing this but students that study abroad are more employable

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A 2017 survey conducted by Pearson Education found that employers from all sectors are unsatisfied with graduate applicants' lack of international skills and cultural awareness. 

Responses from more than 300 organisations revealed that 47% of these applicants' lacked foreign language skills. 

Teaching Abroad Direct, a company that advertises international teaching jobs to British graduates, found that 70% of companies believe future employees will need foreign language skills and international experience to succeed.

After observing a survey run by The Economist, Teaching Abroad Direct found that 87% of German and 81% of American graduates say that had opportunities to study abroad compared with just 48% in China and 62% in the UK. 

UK students who study abroad are 9% more likely to graduate with a 1st or upper-second class honours and 24% less likely to be unemployed. 

Students in the UK are offered study abroad opportunities during their degree, 75% of graduates agree opportunities to gain international experience has been available to them while studying. Around 69% were offered a chance to study abroad, while 62% had access to foreign language courses. 

Abby Chinery, a 26-year-old French graduate had a compulsory year abroad.

Initially, I was hesitant about leaving all the friends I had made at university and moving to Paris, but I benefitted from my time abroad. It forced me to face anxieties I had, come out of my shell and most importantly- I learnt how to speak French fluently!

"After finishing my degree, I ended up moving back there for a few years. Speaking two languages has helped me experience another culture as a native, and has improved my career skillset, elevating my approach to the work I do today.” 

Andreea Putinelu, a 22-year-old international student from Romania stayed in London after graduation: 

“I’ve always wanted to study abroad. My dad is a sailor and he would always tell me about the beautiful places he would visit; emphasising the importance of seeing the world. So, when the time came for me to choose where I would like to study I didn’t have to think twice.

The first day I stepped down in London, I was shocked about the cultural difference and how diverse the city is. It was my first time flying abroad and I didn’t know what to expect. Three years later and I’m a proud PR & Advertising alumnus, working in the city I now call home. I dont know if I would have progressed as far as I have if I had just stayed at home in Romania.” 

Featured image courtesy of DPK Photography

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