Is “going global” on your list of to-do’s for 2018? Congratulations! Achieving your goals of studying or living abroad next year starts with learning a new language and the associated culture. From there, you can do anything. Check out these tips for making your 2018 resolution of going global a reality:
Learn a new language:
The way you go about this will depend greatly on your learning strengths and preferences. There’s no right way to learn. However, research shows that online instruction and face-to-face lessons with teachers based in their home countries can bring about positive results more readily. This is because students are able to get access to a variety of lesson plans and multimedia tools to help them with reading, writing, listening, and speaking their new language. They can also learn at their own pace, log on wherever there’s a WiFi connection, and converse with native speakers for more effective learning. That’s exactly the premise of BRIC Language Systems.
Once you know the language, or you’re well on your way to knowing it, the next step is to truly “go global” and study abroad. There are many benefits to taking your studies international, such as:
- Being able to see the world outside your small town.
- Greater educational opportunities.
- Immersion in the local language and culture.
- Forming connections that can help you land a job there later.
- Ability to hone your language skills every single day.
- Pursuing new interests.
- Developing personally and professionally.
- Making lifelong friends.
- Exploring more career opportunities.
Once you’ve got some classroom experience under your belt and/or are facing a summer in your new country, it’s time to explore internship opportunities. There’s no better way to gain real-world experience in your chosen field than to go global and immerse yourself in the job daily. Many internships are available for students looking to cut their teeth in their industry. This will give you a better idea if this career is really something you love, as well as give you invaluable experience you can take to the next level. Internships can also set up a future job position at that company if employers like your work.
Go Global and Become an expat:
From embracing an entirely new culture to strengthening career connections, becoming an expat comes with many benefits. Perhaps your new home country has a lower cost of living, or maybe the jobs are more plentiful out there. Or maybe you just enjoy the language and culture so much, you want to become a permanent citizen there. Whatever the case, becoming an expat can strengthen your language skills as well as knowledge of the local customs.