As most young graduates know the job market can be very competitive, how then do you separate yourself from the pack? The answer might be an international exchange. In a study done by QS Global Employer they six out of ten employer are likely to give ex
tra credit to students who completed portions of their studies abroad. And more than 80% said they actively sought students who had studied abroad. The industries that value it the most are energy, hospitality and technology. It also found that 49% percent of graduates find a job in their field in the year following graduation compared to 97% of graduates who studied abroad at some point.
Employers find that students who study abroad demonstrate diversity, adaptability and a broader global view. Both Fanshawe and Western offer a plethora of international opportunities. Caitlin Smith international exchange director at Fanshawe says ” going on exchange is a way to make yourself pop to employers.”
That coupled with the fact that it provides you the opportunity to travel to new exotic locations should make it something that all students consider. Fanshawe College actually helps mitigate the costs that may inhibit some students that would
otherwise be unable to go abroad. Students with a 2.5 GPA are eligible for a 2,500$ scholarship to help cover costs. Places you can go include France, Brazil, England, Japan and many more.
Perhaps an exchange is more attainable than you thought and could help boost your career prospects.