Planning Ahead to Work Abroad
The best preparation for an international work experience is an in-depth study of the language and culture of several prospective countries.
One of the most important steps you can take BEFORE jumping into searching for a job or internship is immersing yourself into a study of the country’s and/or region’s culture and language.
Just as the best organizations plan years ahead — studying the culture, politics, economy, etc. — before deciding whether to enter a new market, you should also take some time to do the same. Immersing yourself into learning as much as possible about a few countries will not only help you decide if that’s where you really want to work and live, but also help you once you arrive.
And it goes without saying that you should have taken several years of language and be able to speak the language of the country fluently, as well as be able to read and write clearly.
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