Living Abroad is the Best Preparation for Career Success

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by Victoria Lynden

This summer, Alliance Abroad will send thousands of students from the U.S. and other countries to work in Australia. And when they return, simply by virtue of having lived abroad, they’ll be more creative, more innovative, better able to devise solutions to problems than they would have been otherwise. Or, for that matter, than their fellow classmates who stayed home, according to a lot of recent academic research. With a global economy driven by innovation, they’ll be primed for career success.

living abroadProfessor Adam Galinsky and William Maddux of the Kellogg School of Management conducted creativity tests on people who had lived abroad vs. those who hadn’t. Their research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, showed ones who lived abroad were better problem solvers and demonstrated more creative insight than the other students. The researchers theorized that’s partly because they had to adapt to a different culture. In fact, when asked to share stories of their time abroad, at the same time students who hadn’t traveled recounted stories of some other learning experience in a new place, the travelers were far more creative after the exercise…as evidenced, apparently, by their ability to draw cooler space aliens. But that’s not the point. The point might be that when students were asked to negotiate a solution between a buyer and seller with incompatible price points, the ones who had lived abroad were better able to negotiate a solution that worked. And if there’s anything that helps with career success, it’s being able to negotiate.

Students who have lived abroad are far better prepared for a global, multi-cultural business world. I’ll grant you that Australians speak English, which makes the transition easier for native English speakers. But their culture and way of communicating is different. For example, Americans tend to share how hard they worked to get something done in order to gain appreciation. Australians are more likely to de-emphasize the work they did, to gain appreciation by showing how easy it was for them to accomplish it. These and other differences force students to stop and think consciously about the way they operate with people of other cultures, rather than just accepting that the American way is the “right” way.

Living abroad fosters a sense of independence and adaptability, and prepares students to take on challenges they might not otherwise have approached. According to the Graduate Management Admission Test site, employers look for candidates with international experience for that very reason.

Finally, I’ve talked to hundreds of these students when they’ve returned from a summer in Australia. Their lives were transformed. They had made new friends and discovered things about themselves and their capabilities and passions they might never have discovered in the comfort of their own culture and geography.

I can’t wait to hear the stories from this summer of living abroad.

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Australia Expands Working Holiday Visa Program

Working Holiday Down Under

Due to its thriving economy, the Australian Government is encouraging greater cultural exchange by expanding its Working Holiday Visa (WHV) Program to a larger list of partner countries. This expansion has increased travel and employment opportunities for many and has sparked renewed interest in migration to Australia from across the globe.

With over 249,000 working holiday visas granted in the 2012-13 period there was a 15.8% increase in successful applicants from the previous year and these visas were granted to people from a wide range of countries including South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and more.

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Australia is currently in negotiations to expand their list of partner countries for the WHV Program with countries including Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico, Poland and Portugal, just to name a few. There has also been a record number of Second Working Holiday Visas granted, which is when working holiday visa holders obtain a further 12 months stay after their first year by completing three months (or 88 days) of specified work in a regional area of Australia. The increase in the number of Second WHV’s granted since this opportunity was first introduced in 2005 is significant with the amount growing from 2692 in the 2005-2006 period to over 38,862 in 2012-13.

Statistics published by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for the most recent fiscal year indicate that over 75% of cases for the First WHV were finalised within 6 calendar days and most Second WHV applications finalised within approximately 21 days. Cases where additional checks are required, such as health or character, will result in a longer processing time.

A Working Holiday Visa is a great way for young people to visit Australia and experience the diversity that Australia has to offer. If you or someone you know is considering a Working Holiday to Australia, Alliance Abroad can help make it a reality.

Original article by Hanna Eliasson | Migration Expert Australia

An American Experience in Australia

American Experience in Australia

We asked Janelle, an Alliance Abroad Work Experience Australia participant a few questions about her time down under. Here’s what she had to say.

I’ve recently returned home after my experience abroad, and I have to say, it was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I spent my first 6 months working and then took a little time to travel around. If it hadn’t been for a close friend’s wedding, I can guarantee that I would still be there, until my visa ran out.

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What was the most surprising/shocking thing about Australia for you?

The most shocking thing I think for me, at least at first, was not having internet and not being able to use my smartphone. I know this sounds horrible, and I think it’s just because it’s so easily available here in the states, but not having that constant ability to communicate with everyone wasn’t easy to deal with at first. I’m not saying it’s completely unavailable, and after a bit of time I worked it all out, but it’s fairly clear that free WiFi and unlimited data plans are not as big of a thing in Australia as it is in the US. Another shocker was the cost of everything. Absolutely everything in Australia is more expensive than things here. That can be justified however with the minimum wage, which is insanely higher compared to the states, so in the end it more or less balances things out. Oh, one last thing, the amount of animals/insects/reptiles etc that are poisonous and potentially very dangerous to humans is unheard of. So, that’s just one other little thing to be concerned about. Really though, these are only minor issues and if you’re planning on spending an extended period of time in Australia, you learn to live with them.

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What did you like most about Australia?

There really isn’t a lot to dislike about Australia. Its an amazing country with tons of things to see and places to visit. One of the biggest things I noticed is that everyone is super friendly. Everywhere I went just seemed very inviting and welcoming. People are always willing to help if you’re completely lost and have no idea what you’re doing, like me in a lot of situations. And lots of times people will just talk, to complete strangers. Working in a hospitality environment, you could start with a simple hello and end up talking about all of your travels around the world. It’s a very comforting feeling knowing you’re living in a place like that.

What did you like least about Australia?

I guess what I would say I like least about Australia is just how expensive everything is, and again, not being able to use my smartphone. But those are silly in comparison to all of the amazing things I was able to experience. The bugs though…that’s probably the biggest thing. I can’t stand the spiders we have here in the states, and to me our biggest one is a daddy long legs. In Australia, spiders are the size of your entire hand, just hanging out all over the place. I had people tell me stories about how they’d wake up in the morning and just see a gigantic spider hanging out on the ceiling. Umm…no thanks, ha ha.

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What did you do in your spare time?

Whenever I wasn’t working, I was still kind of working, but not in a bad way. It’s actually one of the reasons I loved my job. I worked as a receptionist at a hostel so I had a pretty good idea of everyone that was staying there.  So after work I’d usually be hanging around outside, at the pool or hostel bar, and people would just come up and have a chat. I became really close with a lot of the people I worked with, so it was always like having a little family around even when not at work. When a few of us had the same days off we would go down to the beach, or out to the deckchair cinema to see a movie under the stars. Sometimes we’d get together for dinner and then venture out to the bars along the street. Very rarely would I go out and not see someone from the hostel, but that would only make the night better and more fun!  Not to mention the next day at work when we’d all exchange stories!

Did you like where you were at?

I definitely loved where I was. Where were you? I lived and worked in Darwin for the 6 months. Lots of people probably don’t see Darwin as the number one tourist destination, and that’s because quite frankly, it’s not. It’s nothing like the big cities everyone imagines when they think of Australia. It’s so much smaller and there’s not nearly as much to see, but that’s kind of why I loved it. You become really close to people when you live in a city like that, and for me, I like being able to say that I lived in the spot not many people know about. Living in Sydney or Melbourne would have been amazing as well, but that’s where everyone goes. Saying I lived in one of the lesser known cities isn’t something everyone gets to do. Like I said before, it’s like a little family living in Darwin, and that’s a nice comforting feeling to have…knowing someone will always be nearby.

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How was your living arrangement?

My living arrangement might seem a bit strange. I actually stayed right at the hostel I was working at, for the whole six months. I was lucky enough to be given my own room, so it wasn’t like I was sharing with three or more other people for that long. So really, it was pretty nice. At times, it gets to be a lot, living and working in the same place, but it’s also pretty convenient. I could easily just roll out of bed and in to work, quite literally…ha ha. Plus it was nice to be nearby. Most of us would usually meet out at the hostel bar and hang out for a bit before heading off either for the day, or out for the night. A few of the people I worked with were able to find apartments nearby, but those are a lot more expensive than you might expect.

Did you like your job?

The job I got through this program is easily one of my favorite out of all the jobs I’ve had. I loved it! What did you do? I worked at a hostel called the Youth Shack, up in Darwin as a receptionist. Basically, I had to check people in and out of the hostel, help them extend their stay if they chose to do so, take care of the financial part of things, and keep track of all of their information. It might not sound too exciting, but the best part about it was that it was fun!  It was a great environment to work in. I loved my boss and I loved almost everyone I had a chance to work with. Generally you’d work with at least one other person each shift and there was always people around. I got to know everyone who was staying there, and whenever certain people would walk through, even just on their way out, they’d say a quick little “hi” or “hey, how’s is going” and it just made the job that much better. Being able to make people feel welcome and enjoy their stay that much more is a nice rewarding feeling to have.

Would you recommend this program to anyone else interested in traveling abroad?

American Experience in AustraliaI would definitely recommend this program to others who are interested, however, I think it might help if there’s a bit of an explanation regarding the cost. I saw on the website now that it’s being advertised as “free” because of the money we get back in taxes, which, is very true and I think will certainly help. After having done this program though, and seeing others who traveled abroad with nothing and no guarantee of anything, I saw that work for some, and not work for others.  I’m only saying this because I know the cost probably seems a little high in some people’s minds, but it is really worth it! If you go over there with no job and no plan and think you’re just going to show up and instantly get a job, you’re probably wrong. That really did work for some people, but for others, it’s a big waste of money. They pay for travel getting there, then need a place to stay, which could be easy or not easy depending if it’s the busy season or not, then need to pay for food and will more than likely spend the majority of their time going out meeting people because when you don’t have a job. And all of this will be happening while they wait and hopefully hear back from a place offering them a job. Then when that doesn’t work out, they pay to travel to the next place and do it all over again. So, really in the end, in my opinion it almost evens out. By participating in this program you eliminate that whole middle part. It’s a comfort thing. If people want to chance it then go for it, but if people want to get over there and know it’s going to work out and know they have a plan and place to stay for their six months, then it’s a guarantee.  That’s why I chose to do this program and that’s why I think other people should too. I definitely, don’t regret my decision! My experience was amazing and I’d do it all over again if I had the chance.

– Janelle

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