1. Travel the world and experience a new culture
One of the biggest reasons you should consider an IAESTE traineeship is the opportunity to travel the world. IAESTE traineeships are offered in over 80 countries on five continents. Last year, IAESTE Ireland trainees worked on almost every continent, from Croatia to China to Tunisia to Brazil. Working abroad gives you the chance to see new places, make new friends, make new memories and learn new skills. But it also challenges you. It teaches you first-hand what intercultural communication really is; it will challenge your mindset and help you become more open minded and culturally aware.
2. Professional Work Experience
Employers want to hire people who can use the lessons from previous work experience and apply them to their current job. International IAESTE trainees face challenges relating to communication barriers, creative problem-solving and understanding various point 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.
3. Global Network with a Global Mindset
Working abroad will give you a new perspective on the world, as you gain an insight into unfamiliar work environments and customs. Working abroad with IAESTE Ireland will allow you to develop lasting personal and professional relationships and it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different cultures and new industries.
4. Lifelong Friendships
Overseas work experience is not just about adding another thing to your CV. 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 forever. Some trainees have even met their partners through IAESTE!
5. Personal and Soft Skills Development
When working abroad you will meet people from a range of different backgrounds. You will break down communication barriers as you get used to working with people from different countries. Starting from the day you arrive until the day you leave, you will be faced with communication barriers. How you overcome them will shape you. Communication is one of the most important skills that employers look for when hiring!
IAESTE Ireland traineeships last from 6 to 52 weeks. They are for students of technical subjects from second year up to recent graduates. Every traineeship is paid, and a social programme is included! Applications for the 2018 programme close on 9 December 2017. You can apply online here!