Working Abroad

Each of us has a comfort zone, a zone of behavior that is familiar to us and where we feel comfortable and safe. But to achieve your goals and realize your potential, you must be willing to be uncomfortable – to do things that push your limit or afraid to do. That’s how you develop your potential!

To work abroad you need determination to go out of your comfort zone to get a valuable work, life and cultural experience. You will expose yourself to new culture, language, and thinking. You will have to make new friends, new colleagues and new environment. Well, all this might be exciting or a little scary, but it is another chance to stretch you. Confront your fears and be willing to expand your comfort zone. The courage muscle can be developed just like any other muscle – with exercise. And when you do an activity outside your comfort zone a few times, you know what happens? That same activity becomes part of your comfort zone!

There is another bonus when you’re willing to expand your comfort zone. When you push through fear and take action in some areas of your life, you’ll develop confidence in other areas as well. It is true, as you become more comfortable with meeting new people and interacting with different cultures, you will  also became a better salesman, a better businessman, a better listener… the list goes on and on. You can try to dance around it all you want. But you will not develop your abilities to the fullest unless you are willing to be uncomfortable. Life does not reward those who refuse to expose themselves to difficulties and challenges.

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The best place to put you in this challenging environment and grow as a person and professionally is AIESEC. Being part of our Global Talent opportunities abroad and working in different Multinational and Startup companies after your graduate is the best way to challenge yourself with an intense experience and start or activate your professional life with valuable carrier experience. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime. AIESEC offices in Norway and in the country that you go to will help you in every step of the way, will and follow your development.

It is true that doing an internship in another country is of enormous value, interning abroad and living in another culture is also something that is very attractive to employers seeking to hire new people. You proved that you are willing to learn and do what it takes to educate yourself and improve your skill set. That increases your marketability and lets you stand out from the crowd.

AIESEC internship abroad will lead to personal life enrichment and fulfillment that will ultimately stay with you for the rest of your life. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.

It is important that you put yourself in a position to win, and that means taking action despite fear. Confront your comfort zone and you’re on the way to developing your potential and leading the exciting, fulfilling life you deserve. Working abroad is a decision you’ll never regret!

 

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6 Ways Volunteering Abroad Gets You Work Experience

By: Anteneh Tesfaye

Are you looking for a way to add some experience to your CV?  Besides just adding do you want develop yourself professionally and acquire work skills in very diverse and challenging environment? Volunteering abroad in community development projects through AIESEC in a country you choose will give you the ample opportunity to build up your professional skills. Here are six ways AIESEC Global Volunteer opportunities gives you a work experience.

1- You will expand your personal and professional network

Volunteering abroad will give you friends for life which you can always ask them for help and support. You will meet different people in your journey and at the NGO or school you are working. This is a way to build up your professional network. If you perform well in your tasks when you work as a volunteer your supervisor, at a place you worked might even serve as reference to you when you apply for a job.

2- Diverse new working environment

One of the best things you can get going abroad and volunteering is exposing yourself to new working environment which most of the time is far different from the surrounding you are used to. Facing the challenges that comes from this situation, and finding a solution, or adapting yourself to the new environment will give you another worth experience. This will be definitely an asset to your carrier development and gives you an upper hand when you apply for any job opportunity. Mind the fact that you will have a better CV than any of your peer fresh recent graduates who do not have any volunteer experience.

3- New culture and language

Our volunteer opportunities give you access to new a culture considering that you will go to a different country with different ways of doing the same things you do, and distinct things as well. You will learn new language which is always an addition to your skills, and makes you more competitive in the job market.

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4- Leadership

AIESEC Volunteering opportunities are always designed to develop leaders that can impact themselves and everyone around them. Well you may ask <<how do they develop leaders in their platform and what makes them so unique?>>

First in AIESEC youth leadership is the core of our organization. We have a leadership development model consisting of three parts which helps us to develop leaders. The number one is the Leadership Qualities we want to see our customers get after going on an exchange with us. The second one is The Inner & Outer Journey. This is a personal journey that our customers go through in an AIESEC exchange in order to develop the 4 Leadership Qualities. The third part of this Leadership Model is called Standards & Satisfaction. It describes the daily activities a team of AIESECers need to execute in order to facilitate a complete experience for our Volunteering exchange participant. At the end of your volunteering experience you will be a person who is self aware, someone who can empower others, is solution oriented and, a world citizen. Having these qualities when you apply for any job will shows the managers that you are fit to their company or organization.

5- You will Acquire Huge range of Skills

You will develop skills such as the ability to work in a team, problem solving and adaptability, communicating with clients and stakeholders, ability to plan and prioritize work, sales skills, time management, report writing, and improve interpersonal skills are some of the benefits you get from Volunteering abroad.

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6- Companies and organization care about your volunteer experience

A recent LinkedIn survey found that 41% of hiring managers consider volunteer experience equally valuable as paid work. LinkedIn also found that 89% of professionals surveyed had volunteer experience. After LinkedIn collected this data, they decided to include a place to put a volunteer experience for their users, because commitment and dedication of doing a volunteer work will definitely give you skills you need for paid work as well.

Just place yourself in the shoes of an employer and picture this situation for a minute. Two job candidates with the same backgrounds. However, one of the candidates has a significant volunteer experience – an experience that allowed the student to harvest relevant skills to the job they are applying. On the other hand, the other candidate has just graduated with no volunteer experience, which one would you choose?

 

So are you ready to take this chance and volunteer abroad?

Here you can find Volunteering opportunities abroad. Your life-changing experience is just one click away.

7 benefits you get from volunteering abroad

By: Anteneh Tesfaye

An AIESEC Volunteering abroad program is an experience worth living. You learn a lot, about yourself, about whichever field you work in, and how to work among people you otherwise wouldn’t even imagine interacting with.
The international experience gives you exposure beyond your wildest dreams (on a personal and professional level) and that is what holds value. You become a stronger and more independent individual. You will get a wider exposure, creative problem solving to real problems of the world in innovative ways, creative brainstorming, leadership development experience, a chance to make a positive impact on the society. Here are 7 benefits you get from volunteering abroad:

 

1- Global Mindset and Global Network

 Volunteering abroad will give you A new Perspective to the world and set of individual attributes that help you to be global leader. Your experience abroad provides you with insight into foreign work environments and custom. Volunteering will you develop lasting personal and professional relationships and it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering and you can never tell who you will meet or what new information you will learn and what impact this could have on your life.

 

2- Learn about a new Culture

When you are abroad you will discover a new Country, Improve your Language Skills or Learn a New Language, and meet different people from to different cultural background. Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a rich source for learning new culture.

 

3- Make an Impact

 Volunteering abroad changes you because it gives you the chance to change and impact others. As AIESEC and UN are working together to achieve sustainable development goals, all our projects around the world target SDG goals. Volunteering abroad through AIESEC exchanges will give you a chance to contribute your own part in realization of sustainable development goal. Volunteering abroad is one of the best ways we know of to make a difference .Whatever your passion, however you get involved, volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the world.

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4- AIESEC volunteering  will give you professional work experience

 Employers want to hire people that are able to utilize the lessons from previous work experiences and apply them to their current job. As in an international intern, you will be faced with challenges relating to communication barriers, creative problem-solving and understanding various points of view from a cultural perspective. By facing these challenges abroad, you will be able to fine tune your transferable skills and sell any employer on your benefits.

 

5- Life long friendship

 Your overseas volunteer is not just about adding a new section to your resume. Living and working abroad is filled with exciting new sights, people, and experiences. You will discover a new way of life and make friends that you will have for a lifetime.

 

6- Personal growth and Soft Skills growth

 When you go for an exchange abroad, you will meet different peoples from different background ,culture and language. In all your time abroad you will need to break the barrier and need to communicate. Starting from your arrival date to all through your working time you will be facing communication barriers .at the end of the day the challenge that arise from diversity will shape you out to a person who can communicate his ideas clearly in any environment. You will Learn about Yourself and Discover Your Personal Brand.

 

7- Culture shock

 The most beautiful and meaningful moments of your life will occur when you decide to step outside of your comfort zone. Traveling to a foreign country to volunteer is one of the best ways to step outside your established comfort zone. Although the majority of people who travel abroad experience a degree of culture shock, it is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, experiencing culture shock is a very positive thing because it gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself, teaches you how to think on your feet and adapt, and presents you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture, and then emerge as a global citizen.

Now that you know the benefits you get from volunteering abroad, you just have to find the right project for you, and decide when it is the best time for you to go. In case you have any doubts, you can always contact the nearest local office, and our members will help you through your journey.

The Skills of 2020 and Changing Leadership

The societies we live in today are vastly different from what they were twenty, or even ten, years ago. The pace of the world is increasing exponentially, due to technology and its effects on the daily life of human beings. The most prevalent of these effects is no doubt the capacity for global connection.

TIME Magazine recently published an article with an infographic detailing the projected ten most important work skills required for the workplace in the year 2020 — which alarmingly, is only a little over five years away. Five years might feel a long way away for now, but in today’s fast-paced society, time flies.

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Success lies in preparation, and so we must ask ourselves, what does this mean for today’s skills training and how we can keep up for 2020?

What may set the individual or leader apart is the ability to adapt and innovate, a keenness for learning, and zero tolerance for complacency.

There are a number of things expected to change by 2020, including increased longevity (longer life spans), the heightened role that technology and computation will play in our personal and professional lives, and intensified globalization. Simply put, the world is finding ways to do things better and to get more out of it. If we are optimistic, we can expect to live in an “improved” society by 2020.

For leaders, however, it is important to realize that this improvement begins right now at this moment, not five years later. When the skills of 2020 demands people to own a wider sense of social intelligence, computational thinking, cross cultural competency. In addition, it requires leaders to be capable of new media literacy, virtual collaboration, and transdisciplinary work — the learning curve begins now.

Those we deem worthy of leadership are those who are “one step ahead”, and who are “leading the way”. They are the ones who are willing to take risks and able to adapt to change, and in doing so, become role models for those who wish to follow.

Leaders in today’s world must have a solid knowledge of both the past and a future, and secure understanding of where they themselves fit in between or bridge the gap. The world is expanding, and people need to grow along with it — as the world becomes better, so must we.

Here at AIESEC, we also wanted to identify some of the top skills young people were wanting to develop today, and our YouthSpeak survey with 25,000 millennial respondents showed that leadership / team management, new languages, critical thinking and problem solving skills were still the most in-demand to help them get ahead over the next few years.

The skills you need today versus in the future are rapidly changing. Are you prepared for the skills of 2020?

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