Top Tips: Working Holidays & Gap Years
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 06:20 in Work Abroad, Working Holidays, Top Tips
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With vaccine rollout starting, people are getting excited about the potential of future travel. To most people, the term “working holiday” simply means traveling while taking low-skilled jobs to pay their way. This is a great way of getting around, but here at MyWorldAbroad, we also promote taking a professional approach to the working holiday! If you hop on a plane and travel the world, you’ll have a fantastic short-term experience, but when you travel, you have an opportunity to develop as an individual and as an international professional. The tips in this section will help you make the most of your time abroad.

Even “low-skilled” work can have high value on a working holiday: Even if you work in a café or retail store, you’ll still be able to hone your cross-cultural communication skills and get better at speaking the local language.

Get creative! Gap years and working holidays can be whatever you want them to be. We recommend adding a career-bossting component, no matter where you go.

Don't be fooled -- you're not losing any time: Just because your classmates might graduate before you if you head abroad, doesn't mean they're ahead in the career game. In fact, by gaining experiece abroad, you're making yourself much more appealing to your future employers.

Do your research! Working holidays are a popular form of travel. Because of this, there are many organizations and businesses dedicated to placing willing workers in low-skilled jobs abroad.

Add a career-building component to your travels: Make professional connections, volunteer and get to know local markets and businesses. This will give you the upper hand if you decide to apply for work in your host country in the future.

Have a professional description of yourself at the ready at all times: You never know when a business connection might pop up, so be prepared.

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