Nowadays, almost every student has to do at least one internship before graduation. Because of the globalization and the evolution of expectations, people are now looking more for experience rather than just diplomas. Hence the need of performing internships. But this article is not about the necessity of making an internship. It will be about the benefits of doing an internship abroad and why Australia is a good country for performing an internship.
1. Why an internship abroad?
Almost everyone do internships now but many people stay in their city, their region or their country. If you want to stay close to your family or your friends, if you are frightened to go far away, it is totally understandable. Your experience will be recognized, yet you can maximize the opportunity of an internship if you are going away and that for many reasons.
Deciding to do your internship abroad is a tough and very brave decision because you’re deciding to change everything: evolving in a new culture, speaking another language, traveling, going far away from your family, not seeing your friends for a period of time, and so on. The recruiter will naturally acknowledge that, seeing that you performed an internship abroad because it is what’s happening when you are undertaking an internship abroad.
Moreover, undertaking an internship abroad adds great value to your resume. Aside showing some of your soft skills, you will also perform in the local language if it is not your native language, become more open minded, gain in maturity, obviously gain in professional experience, learn to work in different situations that the one you already know.
In a few words, performing an internship is learning work; performing an internship abroad is learning work and life.
When I arrived in my business school, I did not understand first why they urged us to make a
6 month-internship abroad at the end of our first year (it a very French system but the first year in business school is actually our pre-master year). But with the time and while undertaking my internship in Australia, I understood why: you are living an extraordinary experience, you are getting mature, you are changing, you are evolving. People in my school are often saying: in June, kids are leaving to do their internship and in January, adults are coming back from their internship.
I will not lie, 6 months is long and an internship can be boring, not interesting, not what you expected (especially if you are making an internship at the beginning of your studies) but even if your internship abroad is not going well, you are learning things, you are evolving, you are getting mature so brace on and 6 months is nothing compared to the length of your life. So even in the worst scenario, perform an internship abroad is the best you could do.
2. Why choosing Australia and not an other country?
Australia has a lot of assets:
– A lot of companies are looking for interns in Australia.
– You are coming in one of the world economic leaders and in a country presenting opportunities in every field possible.
– Australia is a country without a very strict hierarchy or asking you to work 50 hours per week. What does it mean? That you will be able to talk freely with your bosses and to enjoy the Australian healthy way of life. Mens sana in corpore sano.
– Australia is a multicultural country where you will meet many culture and become therefore open minded (which is now very appreciated by recruiters are teams are even more globalized).
– Obviously the country itself. Australia is a wonderful country and traveling so far will prove your courage, your determination, your resourcefulness to recruiters and on top of that you can enjoy the country, its beaches (among the most beautiful in the world), its nature, its landscapes. Living in Australia and traveling is an unforgettable journey.
– Australia is a very safe country.
Just two important points though:
– Internships are quite new in Australia and a lot of them are unpaid. You must be aware
– Generally, you will take the Working Holiday Visa to come for an internship in Australia. If there is no problem for having this visa for French or Dutch people, it is more complicated for people from others countries such as Spain, Brazil or Malaysia for example. If you think you cannot use the WHV, contact us, we will provide you with solutions.
I have never regretted my choice of coming in Australia for my internship and even if it is not easy every day because I had to work aside my internship to finance my life, I would do the same thing again and now I know that this country is for me. I know I will come back to work here after my graduation.
In one word as in one hundred: if you can undertake your internship abroad do it, if you don’t know in which country you want to perform your internship, think about Australia. Great country, great learning, great experience of life.