If you are starting to follow the path of your professional career, we have a question for you: have you already considered doing internships abroad?
The option to make a job exchange exists and here we tell you why you should consider doing one. Follow us! To realize a program of professional practices is an important stage in our professional formation and generally it is the first contact that we have with the labor market.
In Europe, it is very common for universities to require that the student spend a season in another country working in a foreign company as a requirement to graduate. In Latin America, doing an internship abroad is still little known, which can make it difficult for more people to do one and even understand how much this experience can help you both professionally and as a person.
We live in an increasingly competitive environment … and increasingly demanding. Knowing new cultures and learning from them has become an obligation to grow, to mature and even to achieve our professional goals. Asia Internship program is diverse and were created in partnership with the best European companies so that students and professionals can have an unforgettable experience. Knowing other cultures beyond allowing us to enrich our curriculum will allow us to learn how to treat colleagues from other countries, to be more respectful, more tolerant and to acquire new customs and habits.
Knowing how that type of program works is the first step to start discovering that this is an incredible opportunity! Therefore, first let’s tell you a bit about that international experience and then we will present some benefits of doing your internships abroad.
WHY DO INTERNSHIPS ABROAD?
The idea of doing internships abroad is basically the same as doing one in your country: you will spend a season working in a company or organization with the aim of learning and acquiring professional experience in your training area. With globalization, companies all over the world have become more and more willing to accept foreigners to work with them through this modality. It is something that adds value for both the professional and the company in question.
Many people do not consider this type of experience simply because they do not know how it works and there are some who may be afraid to do an internship abroad because they think it is expensive, that the selection process is very complicated or not worth spending. A season outside of your country.
So, here are some benefits of internships abroad for career. So you can be inspired and start organizing to soon be able to work in a new country.
IMPORTANCE FOR THE CURRICULUM
If doing a student exchange is already an incredible experience that greatly improves your curriculum, then imagine how important it is to spend time in another country working in a totally new context! Sometimes it can be a little complicated to get a space in the job market when you are just graduated, so having a resume with an international work experience will surely open doors and increase your chances of success in the selective processes.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
When doing an internship abroad you will know a new country and work in a culture different from yours. This will teach you a lot about how to be tolerant and adaptable, as well as learn to see things and face challenges from different points of view.
In addition, in more practical terms, you will obtain work experience in your training area and you will be more prepared and qualified for future job opportunities that you will have.
If you think that doing an internship in another country is beyond your financial reach, we have good news: with the growing popularity of this modality, there are increasingly more options that do not require much investment to carry out this type of program. In addition, many companies offer remuneration and pay enough for you to live in the country of destination during the period of your internship.
Many people do not consider doing their internships abroad because they think they do not have enough time or that they will even “waste time” if they perform this experience.
First, you will NOT lose time if you make an exchange, whatever it may be. On the contrary, you will gain a lot of time. Yes! This is because in a short period of time that you spend in a new country, you learn more than if you had spent years in your country.Regarding the period of time of the practices, there are programs of one month, two months or even more time, like a year. So if you can only go on vacation, for example, you can still live this experience.
You can do the internship while you are still in college, on your vacations, or you can even do it after graduation. Many programs accept people who are not exactly recent graduates. So you have options to leave when it’s best for you.
NETWORK OF CONTACTS AND REFERENCES Doing a professional practice is an excellent opportunity to create contact networks in the labor market. It is very good to have contacts in other parts of the world, mainly when we consider the global context in which we are. Especially if you are interested in pursuing an international career, doing an internship program abroad can be the first step to achieve this goal. In addition, you will have employment references of contacts abroad that can support you in future selection processes.
A 3-decade ‘moving picture’ of young Australians’ study, work and life, thanks to LSAY
The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) unpack the lives of young Australians as they leave school, enter further study or the workforce and make the transition into adulthood.
The latest findings are now available for the group of young people who completed their first questionnaire back in 2009 at age 15. This group’s 11th and final survey shows young people are completing university at higher rates than ever before, while participation in apprenticeships and traineeships is taking a dive.
The information collected from these groups of students, or “cohorts”, is used to better understand what helps or hinders this transition. This includes things like the effect of schools on year 12 completion, whether government benefits like Youth Allowance help students complete their studies, and the factors that help a young person find full-time work sooner.
Each cohort starts with about 14,000 students in the first survey, or “wave”. From the age of 15 to 25, they complete a 20-minute survey once a year to share what’s been happening in their lives. LSAY asks about their experiences at school, their post-school study and work, as well as their health and home life.
Six cohorts have taken part so far. The recent release of findings from the fifth cohort’s final survey is a milestone, with LSAY data now available across three decades. This means we can study generational changes in transition patterns.
To capture the many changing events or factors that affect young peoples’ transition, the survey has added questions about caring responsibilities, volunteering activities, participation in the gig economy, their personality traits and whether they have access to social support.
Data dating back to the ’70s
LSAY is one of Australia’s biggest and longest-running panel surveys. More than 60,000 young people have been surveyed since 1995. It’s recognised as one of eight core longitudinal data assets in Australia.
The surveys grew out of the Youth in Transition (YIT) studies in the 1970s. The decade’s oil price shocks caused unemployment to soar, with young people hit the hardest. This created a need to better understand their school-to-work transition in the face of global technological and economic change.
Then came the Australian Longitudinal Surveys (ALS) and Australian Youth Surveys (AYS) in the 1980s. One of the more prominent pieces of research using these data found the aptitude of new teachers fell substantially as teacher pay declined compared to other salaries.
These three longitudinal studies were combined to create the LSAY program.
Researchers mine LSAY for insights
More than 300 published research papers have used LSAY data. The report 25 years of LSAY: Research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth showcases some of the highlights.
LSAY research has shown working just a few hours a week while at school improves prospects of getting a full-time job. But working long hours has a slightly negative effect on school completion. The research also found females are better at balancing school and work than their male peers.
Research has also shown that students participating in school-based vocational education and training (VET) had higher rates of school completion, full-time employment and incomes in their first year after school than non-VET students with similar characteristics. Ex-VET students were also more likely to be in a job they liked as a career. These benefits were associated with school-based VET programs with a workplace learning component.
The Productivity Commission used LSAY data to investigate the demand-driven university system. Many disadvantaged students successfully attended university as a result of the expansion of the system. However, those with lower literacy and numeracy were more likely to drop out. The study recognised schools and universities need to do more to prepare and support students, and that university might not always be the best option.
LSAY has been an important source of evidence for policy. National reviews and inquiries informed by LSAY data include the COAG Reform Council’s reporting on youth transitions (2009), the Bradley Review of Higher Education (2008) and the House of Representatives inquiry into combining school and work (2008-2009).
The recent Education Council Review of Senior Secondary Pathways, released in July, draws heavily on LSAY to establish how students can choose the best pathway for their transition from school.
LSAY has a high degree of comparability with international youth surveys. These include the Transition from Education to Employment (TREE) study in Switzerland, the Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) in Canada, the Education Longitudinal Study (ELS) and National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) in the United States, and Next Steps in the UK.
Most of these have a starting sample of about 9,000 individuals. Next Steps has 16,000. LSAY’s starting sample of 14,000 young Australians makes it one of the largest surveys of its kind in the world.
Tracking lives through the GFC and COVID-19
These datasets enable us to transform a snapshot of a person’s life into a moving picture. Compared with cross-sectional studies, these longitudinal datasets provide a much clearer picture by accounting for personalities, life events and pathways.
Combining a longitudinal study with cohort studies sheds more light on this picture by controlling for inter-generational differences, or crises such as wars, financial downturns or natural disasters.
For example, using data from four LSAY cohorts, one study found the well-being of those whose transitions occurred during the global financial crisis (GFC) was much worse on several measures, including standard of living, home life, career prospects, social life and independence.
The extraordinary challenges Australian youth face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be documented when the sixth LSAY cohort, now aged 20, complete their sixth survey in 2020 and further surveys in the years thereafter.
By providing a valuable resource to explore the longer-term effects of this crisis, LSAY continues to stand the test of time.