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The importance of personal branding

 

Keen to land your dream job? A strong personal brand can make all the difference, when securing the perfect job.

Trying to find that perfect job can be stressful, especially when you are unsure on how to begin. In today’s world, with all the other numerous job seekers and the rising demands and requirements from companies concerning workforce, job seeking can appear as an unattainable task to overcome.

When applying for a job, just the seer volume of other applicants will make it extremely challenging to make a great impression, that would put you in ahead of the others and make you stand out. This is why a strong personal reputation becomes vital.

Just like normal branding, personal branding is strategy that aims to shape an appealing identity that will allow a maximum level of positive attention. As in business, traditional branding is about acquiring new customers and enhancing the existing relationships with the present customers, in personal branding the idea is more less the same. In regard to job seeking, the idea of effective branding is to attract and entice future employers.

Building a strong personal brand and identity can take a lot of time and work, but once created, it can yield tremendous outcomes when concerning job search. Firstly, a great personal brand will determine on how you will be perceived in the marketplace. It can work as a personal resume, showcasing your achievements and traits. Doing things to promote yourself, like having a personal website, strong presence in social platforms or a portfolio of your previous work or just having a practiced personal pitch to introduce yourself, will help you to define who you are as a person, and hence appeal positively to potential employers.

As job search is all about differentiation, it is vital to stand out from the rest. Your personal brand will act as the clear indicator on what you will have to offer; the performance, input you will provide and the value that you will bring to your employer. A brand is like a promise, of all the benefits that you will yield, if hired. Nowadays when there are hundred and thousands of other applicants, it comes vital to differentiate yourself. By showing your personal brand attributes and the passion you have for that specific job, will create an appealing image to the recruiter.

As everyone is unique, so is and should be their brand image as well. Start by assessing and formulating on what makes you different and what can you bring to the equation. The tone and image you portray should reflect you as a person and true character and simultaneously align your strengths and capabilities in regard to the profession you are after.

Branding is not just solely for job seekers. Personal branding works for professionals at all levels, and hence should be improved and practiced regardless of the level where you are at your career. Here at wanderwork we embrace branding and appreciate the uniqueness that every individual can provide. Through our numerous job possibilities, you can now leverage your own unique personal brand and discover your dream job. So don’t wait, create that appealing brand image and start applying.

Wanderwork at Slush 2017

 

2017 been an incredible year for Wanderwork.

The company has grown from an simple but ambitious idea – to bring together students and graduates from all over the world and help them find job opportunities across borders – into a team of six who are making this a reality. In 6 months, we have grown from a team of three co-founders into a solid team of six passionate professionals, who are working relentlessly to make Wanderwork the go-to market for early career professionals to find jobs and internships anywhere in the world.

The beta version of our platform was launched for job seekers and employers roughly 2 months ago and we are seeking to grow fast. Our vision is to become the leading global platform for early career professionals to get hired based on their talent, not geographic location. We want to create global impact and lead the development of the next generation of global workforce.

Wanderwork will attend Slush in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday and Friday this week. The startup conference has become legendary, growing from a small student led initiative to a global phenomenon. Slush 2017 will be a valuable opportunity to Wanderwork to connect with other entrepreneurial minds and meet startups, investors and the media. We are ready to take our company to the next level, join us on our journey!

See you at Slush! Follow #Wanderwork and #Slush17 on social media for more updates.

PS! Startups looking for new talent, post a job offer on our website for free! Students and graduates, join now and get ready to conquer the world on your next adventure!

Master your future internship

internships

Make a small research

The main idea is to find out what your potential company looks like and how well their internship program is established. Making sure that the company has a reliable background in working with interns and, in general, finding out how well they treat their employees can make your internship abroad a very positive experience. Since we live in the world of social media today, there’s no problem to search by keywords or hashtags to see what other students experienced with the company. Even more, you can probably contact them and ask some more specific questions. You must agree, you would do the same if someone asked for your opinion, wouldn’t you?

 

Analyze yourself

Most probably you already have some ideas in your head about what kind of things you might do during your internship and what destinations attract you. We advise you to do a bit deeper analysis and look at yourself from different angles.

Basically, we suggest you to do a SWOT analysis in a quite personalized way. Have you heard about such thing? Business students might say ‘yes’ now. The analysis is used as a tool to evaluate strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O), and threats (T). Since you will be analyzing yourself, it is really simple, don’t give up on it yet.
Why? There are things that you see clearly about your personality and your skills. Meanwhile, there are lots of new things that you haven’t discovered about yourself because you learn something new every day. So this analysis can help you to understand what you want but also to get the most from your future internship. What it means is that you should target not only to apply the skills and knowledge you already have — target to develop your weak sides, aim to learn more new things than you can in the university, discover what else the future career world has to offer apart from what you already do.

Get started now, while reading this post: draw a simple 4-cells table or just make a list.

S – strengths — Write down what you know to do best in relation to your study field. Think creatively, it’s not only about the subjects where you have better grades. Have you noticed that people enjoy you taking the leader position when working on group projects? Maybe you feel very excited about presenting in front of your class? Or writing a report instead? These are just some examples. Think about your latest achievements or ask your school mates what they have noticed.

W – weaknesses — Here consider all the skills that you would like to improve and that you would really be able to make use of in the future when you graduate and enter the job market. What kind of knowledge is missing in order to get a dream job in the future? This might be quite blurred, right? So another trick that you can do now is to search the web for job postings that look attractive to you as a professional with a degree in your hands. It doesn’t matter if the job position says ‘Senior Back End Developer’ or ‘Marketing Manager with 5 years of experience’. Just of to the skills requirements and take a note what can be expected from you once you will go for a job, not an internship. The ideal way is that you step-by-step seek such knowledge and acquire the needed skills throughout the time of your studies, which includes internships.

O – opportunities — Now think a bit out of the box. Check out not only your personality and skills but also what the world has to offer. Sometimes during the studies it feels like you know a bit of everything in your field but do not know where you want to specialize. Well, internship is exactly the time to discover things: it’s temporary, it’s experimental, and you will have a supervision. Therefore, even if you won’t work in the position where you did your internship, you still will realize what a valuable experience it was. It is about learning what you like and what you don’t.

T – threats — We won’t say lies – the world is a constantly changing place and not everything goes always as planned. The demand on the job market also fluctuates all the time. This is why consider what kind of challenges your future career can bring you and prepare for them in advance. Diverse background often has a positive effect in the eyes of your employer!

Internship sounds good? Internship abroad – better!

Most probably you have already considered doing an internship while you are studying, right? You might see it as a great opportunity to try new things. You might have heard from you friends what an amazing experience it is. Both are true. But there is one more thing. Doing an internship abroad is even beyond it!

In this short post we will give you some reasons why it’s so much worth it and why you should consider it right now.

Reason 1: A unique learning experience.

Study time is the best time of your life. Remember that. Having fun and learning new things every day are the combo that makes is so enjoyable. You are given this time and opportunity to find out what do actually want to do in your life. So use it!

Internships are not only for having a tick in your university record or a line in your CV — they are you chances to explore what you like and what you don’t. Try different positions related to your study programme, try different locations. You will be surprised to find out that there are way more things that you enjoying doing than you think.

 

Reason 2: Diving into a new culture.

You must agree, it is not the same how you experience a culture when traveling as a tourist and when living it at least a month. Doing your internship while living in a new country gives you a chance to get to know the people, who they really are, what are their values, traditions, heritage. It helps to understand the culture, to dive into the local language, to discover basically another way of life.

 

Reason 3: Improving language skills.

Everyone says it. You might be even bored to hear that but it’s true. Language skills can improve significantly and incredibly quickly only in the environment where people speak the language you learn. This fact is proven by lots and lots of people who reached amazing results after living abroad and using the language every single day in different life situations.

The most important advice here: don’t be shy, get our of your comfort zone and start to interact with locals. They always adore when foreigners are interested in their language and culture, so they will always enjoy helping you.

 

Reason 4: Valuable background for your future employer.

The countries’ borders for workplaces become more and more blurred nowadays. The employers are interested in diversity and bringing international knowledge to their companies from the very beginnings because every one hopes to expend successfully abroad as well. Therefore, having a study exchange in some other country is one thing but having a work experience on the international level is seen way differently from that.

An internship abroad makes you experience the business culture from different angles: you won’t think there is only one right way to do your job anymore, you will learn how different approaches can be applied for different cases. You will learn how do adapt in new environments and how to help others to do the same. These things can be read about in books but in order to actually have such skills you need to experience them in real life.

 

Reason 5: Meeting new people.

Making new friends from all over the world is another fascinating thing about internships abroad. Of course, you have your friends at home or university and feel happy with them but… Go for more! You can find a soulmate from an opposite side of the world! After your internship you can travel around and visit them all. Isn’t it amazing?

Actually, there is more than that. Internships involve not only friends but also professional connection. In the adult world networking is the key to move forward. You can be smart and ambitious but being able to know about all the interesting opportunities is possible through people. So use your time at its maximum! Make people remember your sharp brain and your commitment to work: those will bear fruit sooner than you think.

 

Got new ideas? So what you do next is: create your profile at Wanderwork and discover the world of new opportunities! Apply now!

Building diverse teams – why diversity matters

Team diversity has frequently been recognized as a vital aspect concerning team and project group building. But why is it desirable for a company to have a diverse team? Ultimately diversity means difference, so essentially wouldn’t it be contrary to common sense to assume divergent individuals to operate with a resolute and similar kind of mindset? Surely a team constituted of complementary and alike professional backgrounds and personalities would perform more effectively?

According to many business professionals and managers, the answers is no. Research has shown that companies with more diverse gender and ethnic workforce perform better financially. Companies with more diverse workforce were to be found to have financial returns above their industry means. Hence, many firms nowadays are placing great emphasis on diversity when constructing competitive workforce and teams. But what makes a blend of different individuals a more effective and superior team compared to a group of more homogeneous workers?

Innovativeness and productivity

A diverse team combines together different skills, personalities and perspectives, which essentially will result into a more idea rich and effective problem-solving atmosphere. A team composed of various different employees will see the world as it is, and is notably more aligned with the rapidly expanding diverse and global customer base, hence resulting into a more exceptional workforce.

As companies should always drive towards innovativeness, a way to conduct this, can be achieved through the employment of diverse workforce. Study finds that radical new innovations are more likely to be discovered, amongst companies with differing employees.

Despite many people might feel more jovial whilst working with people from similar background, you should not be deceived by this feel of well-being and convenience. Working with individuals whom come from different background, nationality, race and who do not share the exact same way of thinking as you do, will force you to think outside of your comfort zone, which will subsequently result into increased levels of innovativeness.

Decision making

A strong belief among managers and experts is that within a more diverse team, decision making process is more elevated than in groups with homogeneous individuals. This is believed to be due to the fact that diverse groups are more likely to process information in a more careful manner. By placing yourself in a so called ’’outsiders’’ shoes and considering their perspective instead of sticking to your own and people alike yours ideas, may feel strange and implausible, however this can potentially yield remarkable results, in regard to decision making. In order to make the best decision, sometimes second guessing one’s ideas can be beneficial. As diverse groups are more likely to frequently reexamine facts and assess more thoroughly each member’s decisions and ideas, more enhanced decisions can be met.

Diverse strengths

Through diversity different strengths can be aligned together, within the workforce, in order to aid the organization. Through the different skills that every individual possesses, greater performance and productivity can be met. As one person may provide technical skills, whilst the other sales, and the third perhaps management skills, this blend of varied skills provides strong and capable set of skills to tackle the numerous tasks and issues that a company or team may face.  

Moreover, the cultural diversity of people can provide additional benefits for the company, as the cultural know-how can be adopted for good use, especially in the global companies. The needs of each specific market and demographics can be better met, when diverse workforce and expertise within the organization exists.

Increased talent pool

An organization with a diverse workforce will attract more a wider scope of talented candidates to their job openings. Job seekers from different various backgrounds and ethnicity will view the organization as more appealing and progressive, due to the company’s embracing attitude towards diversity. So, as anticipated, an organization of this kind, will attract more job applications and thus the possibilities for finding the most suitable and talented employees naturally rises. Moreover, the already existing workers, within that company, will be more likely to stay in that organization due to their positive views concerning the company. Hence, workforce retention increases.

Wanderwork promotes and aids in the growth of diversity

Through Wanderwork’s mission to provide various job opportunities for graduates around the globe, and for organizations to find these international job seekers, diversity can be increased. Here at Wanderwork we recognize and embrace diversity, and we strongly believe that through diversity, increased job performance can be met. Through Wanderwork’s new channel of recruiting, this talented and compelling diverse workforce can be found. International employees are waiting for their opportunity, and employers are in search of these talented individuals – Wanderwork is here to connect these two.

Wanderwork Beta Now Live: Paving the Way for the Future Global Talent

Giving students and graduates worldwide the opportunity to find internships and work anywhere in the world.

Education is becoming increasingly more international. Over the past few decades, the number of students enrolled outside their country of citizenship has risen dramatically, from 0,8 million worldwide to 4,3 million in 2012. OECD estimates that there will be 8 million international students by 2025. Getting a university education anywhere in the world is already a reality for millions. The young people who leave their country of origin are also more willing and open to working in other countries besides where they come from or where they study.

It is becoming clear that mobility is an important part of talent development. INSEAD, one of the world’s leading graduate business school’s provides extensive research on the topic – their findings suggest that international experience builds new perspectives and fosters creative performance, notably the ability to exploit unconventional knowledge and creative ideas. INSEAD introduced the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) in 2013 to help governments, businesses and various other components of the civil society to make informed decisions as employers, employees or job seekers and to help design and implement better policies in areas such as education, human resources management and immigration.

The GTCI differentiates between two levels of talent, Vocational and Technical (VT skills) Skills and Global Knowledge Skills (GK skills). LV skills are mid-level skills which can be acquired through vocational training and skills relevant to technical roles in the workforce. Global Knowledge skills, on the other hand, are high-level skills which deal with knowledge workers in professional, managerial or leadership roles that require creativity and problem solving. GK skills impact is evaluated by indicators related to innovation, entrepreneurship and the development of high-value industries. The development of Global Knowledge skills requires a highly developed ecosystem of universities, innovative institutions and enablers. The GTCI framework is providing a solid body of research which emphasizes that talent development goes beyond vocational training – studying and working abroad to develop and acquire Global Knowledge skills are an important dimension to address the challenges and changes in the talent landscape in the coming years.

Internship is often a mandatory part of studies and a great stepping stone for a future career. Unfortunately, it is still not easy to find internships internationally. Schools have partnerships with local companies, but their capacity to support the student’s international search for a work placement is limited.

Up until now, finding an internship or job abroad has looked like this: if you know the city or country where you would like to go, you would probably search online with keywords “jobs in country x” or try to find the local job boards and then see if there are any English-speaking jobs on that site. This can be time consuming and, frankly, a shot in the dark. Things get even more complicated if you don’t know exactly where you would like to go – you are open to many places, as long as you find the right company which fits your values and where you could use your skills in a meaningful way. Relying on Google and advice from friends will lead to a miserable and time-consuming struggle, having to visit many websites one after another and trying to compare all the information across different sources. The decision to go abroad is a major one, requiring trustworthy information to support a serious life changing step to leave the comfort and familiarity of your home, even if it is for a short while.

It is time to change the way students look for internships and jobs and learn about companies that match their ambition.

Wanderwork was created with the vision to provide a single platform for students and graduates to find employment opportunities globally. We identified the challenges of searching internship positions across different geographic locations and how recent graduates find their first degree related job after graduation. Higher education without borders is already a reality. We are here to pave the way for the students and recent graduates to start their international career anywhere in the world. We want to make the process of finding and applying for internships and jobs for graduates easy, fast and efficient. In the globalized world, people have the freedom to choose where they live and work; we want to remove barriers and provide opportunities by creating a platform where to search jobs in various locations. With one profile, job seekers can search job opportunities across the globe. In addition, the profile is a brilliant opportunity for the students and grads to show their personal brand – their skills, passions and past experience – and become discoverable by employers all over the world. With this platform we are paving the way for the future global talent. Wanderwork aims to be the leading professional networking platform for early career professionals. It was made to empower the inexperienced yet ambitious students and graduates to show their capabilities and personality as they evolve into the talent of the future.

A platform from students for students.

Today we’re launching the beta version of Wanderwork, an important milestone in our journey and the first step to make real impact on a global level. Our platform is open to students and graduates from any location and any field of study – so come take a look and show your uniqueness to potential employers and connect with your peers. We need you to come together and show that what we are trying to create is important and needed. This will help us grow and attract companies to offer internships and job opportunities through our platform. The beta version of Wanderwork means that our platform is ready to accept job offers to be posted on our site. We’re deeply grateful for your patience as we work actively on getting more job offers.

The idea for Wanderwork emerged when I was studying at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and tried to help other students to experience life abroad, since I had myself many experiences with living, studying and working in different countries. As a digital native, I soon decided that a global platform is needed to reach millions of people with the same desire to meet likeminded peers and find exciting professional development opportunities across the globe. I searched for existing platforms, but since I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I decided it was up to me to bring it to reality. After experiencing the lifestyle of a global citizen, I knew I had the insight and perspective to bring the idea to life. From there I started talking to people who shared the same belief – students and graduates of today are the future talent of tomorrow. Moreover, the talent of the future has a global outlook, they think and act beyond borders. They know that the job they will do in the future might not exist yet, and rather than scaring them, it excites them! When I joined forces with two brilliant professionals from their own field, Mattias Saldre as the web developer and Tiina Klausen as the design and marketing creative, I knew I had a winning team, and an idea worth pursuing.”

We are a small team with big ambition. Last week we welcomed our first intern who will help us create a strong brand and attract young talent. We are creating a culture of creativity and innovation which comes from a multidisciplinary approach – our first intern comes from the field of Information Technology, but has a strong interest in design and brand strategy, so it makes sense for us to allow people to work with what they are passionate about, and not be confined by traditional roles based on educational backgrounds. Each team member engages in complex problem solving that involves a great deal of independent judgement as well as close collaboration, so we’re not just looking for narrow skill sets when growing the team but rather well-rounded people who will grow together with us.

So here’s a call for all the smart creatives who embrace our mission and values: if you’re reading this article and feel a burning desire to join us on our journey, please introduce yourself by sending us an email at info@wanderwork.com or a message on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wanderworkcom/. We’d also love to connect with enthusiastic university students who would want to be our university representatives, please get in touch! This platform is made for students, so don’t hesitate to get involved. Together we can start a movement!

Getting Ready For The Beta Launch

September is finally here and we’re thrilled for our upcoming beta launch that is planned for the last week of the month! We have been very busy since our first status update in July. Big-big thanks to our early users and testers for the valuable feedback on our profile page at www.wanderwork.com/profile

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month:

  1. Meeting with companies

    We started with a small batch of companies to whom we introduced the Wanderwork platform. This gave us a lot of feedback of what functionality they need and how to make it easier for them to find suitable candidates for their job offers. We have yet to implement all the features that are needed, but that isn’t stopping us from launching the beta. Even though we are still in the early stages of building the platform, we plan to scale rapidly and bring our users the most interesting job offers in the coming months.

  2. Mobile support

    The main feedback on the profile page testing was the need for mobile support. This is something we’re working on right now and plan to get ready by the beta launch, so you could browse job offers on-the-go.

  3. Usability and functionality

    A lot of work has gone into making sure that both users and companies have enough data points available to make their lives easier. This means that users have more freedom in how they fill their profiles about their skills and experience so that companies can find suitable candidates for their job offers, and that companies can make their job offers more attractive and easily searchable by job seekers.

Of course, there are a million other things happening in the background, all to make this the go-to platform for early career professionals to find internships and jobs from our global marketplace. For us, the beta release means two things: 1) we are launching our updated profile creation for the job seekers to be ready once the job offers start coming in, and 2) it allows us to accelerate our pursuit for companies that are searching for young talent and want to get their job offers out there.

Our platform is free for job seekers and will stay that way in the future as well! We kindly ask our users to be patient with us while we’re working on getting more and more job offers on our platform.

We truly appreciate your support and patience! And, of course, if you have any comments, questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you, either on our Facebook page or through our support email – info@wanderwork.com.

The Art of War for Talent in the Digital Age

The war for talent is a term McKinsey researchers first introduced to the business world in 1997. They predicted that the most important corporate resource for the future would be talent. 20 years later, in the new digital and global economy, the war for talent is fierce and the trend is likely to continue, as demand for skilled workers increases due to the demographic shift.

Technology has changed the world, but the skills of the workforce haven’t quite evolved in the same pace. Companies have started to compete with each other to attract the most talented people to join their organization. The conversation revolves around the weapons in the war for talent, with a heavy emphasis on the importance of employer branding. War tactics like “hunt” and “lure” are the name of the game in the modern HR hiring techniques. The talk is around the symptoms, but rarely about the causes of the talent shortage.

It is time to ask the question nobody is asking: Where does talent come from? Why are companies consumed by fighting over the currently available talent and not thinking about how to get new talent into the labor market?

Everybody agrees that the demand for talent is high, but nobody is talking about the source of talent, where does it come from, can there be more? Because the truth is, the world is changing fast, as talent evolves so do companies, technology and the society.

Every master was once a beginner.
Every pro started as an amateur.
Every icon began as unknown.Robin Sharma

The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, are now entering employment in vast numbers and they will shape the future of work. According to EY, 75% of the global workforce will be millennials by year 2015. The new generation of the global workforce is more independent, entrepreneurial and mobile than any generation before. Despite all the bad press and negative stereotypes about millennials, they are the answer to the talent shortage. They are the future talent.

There are many websites where experts with years or decades of experience can look for jobs; there’s LinkedIn, a platform where they can show their career highlights, and where headhunters are actively scanning profiles of seasoned professionals. For millennials, who are in the early stages of their career, LinkedIn can seem intimidating. Many of them will not join the network simply because they feel like it’s not a place for them. In an official study done by LinkedIn in May 2016, it was revealed that only 38% of their user base are millennials. 12% of them are working in decision making positions. The findings are surprising, since millennials are everywhere else on social media.

The main demographic for LinkedIn is 35+ and it’s currently one of the main tools for “fighting” over talent in that demographic. But what about the young professionals who are now entering the job market? Many educated and talented young professionals are hard to reach through LinkedIn, because they choose not to be on that platform at all. They make their own rules about where they are active online and what they want in a job. Millennials seem to be less motivated by career advancement and more by personal values and aspirations. PwC revealed one major aspiration of the generation: 71% of millennials want to work abroad during their career.

This is where Wanderwork steps in to fill a gap in the market. We want to create a global impact and lead the development of the next generation of global workforce. Wanderwork aims to be the leading marketplace for students and recent graduates to find internships and job opportunities both locally and internationally. Going back to the question in the beginning: where does talent come from? We should be looking to students and see the enormous potential to become the new top talent. Forward looking companies should invest in internships and training programs for junior employees, this is the source for their future talent. In addition, companies should understand that the future talent are global citizens, they are looking for employment opportunities across the globe, not only the city they were born in. New challenges arise from this. Where to advertise positions to the early career professionals who are eager to relocate for a certain period? How can students and recent graduates become aware of the companies and job/internship opportunities from outside their local market?

Wanderwork connects the dots

We offer a digital platform specifically tailored to the students and graduates of higher education. They create their profiles which double as CVs and can seek professional development opportunities across geographic locations and become discoverable by recruiters. For employers, this opens up a whole new channel to source and recruit from an international and diverse talent pool of young professionals. With Wanderwork, businesses can be one step ahead of the rest, who are still fighting the old war, by having access to the emerging talent of the modern job market.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.Sun Tzu

5 Solid Strategies to Build Your CV While Studying at University

You might be just starting University or have a few years left, but it’s never too early to start preparing for your future career. The job market is competitive, but there are ways you can boost your CV during studies to stand out from the crowd. We have 5 solid strategies which you can implement immediately, use all of them or pick what works for you, and you’ll be well prepared for the job market.

  1. Leadership role at a student organization

    Joining a student organization is a great CV booster. Get involved in something which interest you – entrepreneurship society, student union, sports club or an organization related to your study field. Being a member isn’t enough to give you an edge, so aim for a leadership role to improve your skills and to have real experience which you can show off on your CV.

  2. Volunteer

    Donating your time for a good cause and actively contributing to your community shows that you are willing to work hard and take initiative. Many people use those attributes to describe themselves, but have little evidence to support it. Ask yourself what causes are close to your heart and do some research about non-profits in the field, most likely they will welcome all volunteers with open arms. This is a win-win opportunity!

  3. Learn new skills

    All students in your degree study the same things, so if you want to stand out, learn a new skill. It can be anything that you are interested in, such as a new language, creating websites or photography. There are many online platforms and apps that offer free courses, so invest some time in learning something outside your curriculum. By doing this you will demonstrate your willingness to develop yourself. As more jobs get automated, employers look for candidates who are open to learning new things and take responsibility for their professional development.

  4. Create your personal brand

    What are you an expert on? Do you have a reputation which supports your knowledge in a particular field? Do you tell the world about your interest in your blog? Are you active on social media? Building a personal brand is crucial for success in the digital age. It takes time to figure out what your passion is and how to stand out and be known for it, so start early in your studies to build a solid foundation for your personal brand. Wanderwork is building a platform where you can show your uniqueness to potential employers, so take time to fill your profile. We will write more about this topic in the future, so stay tuned.

  5. Get an internship

    Out of all of the ways to improve your CV, nothing beats having real experience in a field which is relevant to your studies. Bonus points if you do your internship abroad. Wanderwork is on a mission to help you start your international career and find the best internship opportunities anywhere in the world. Soon you can create your own professional profile. Follow us on social media and be the first to know when new updates are available.

10 Reasons For Going on a Wanderwork*

Not that you really need an excuse to fly to a far away destination to gain world-class work experience and become a global citizen, but here’s our list of 10 reasons for going to work abroad, just in case you weren’t convinced yet.

  1. Gain relevant working experience

    One of the most crucial moments after graduation is gaining relevant work experience. With your brain full of knowledge from years of studying, the best thing to do is put it to practice.

  2. Earn money while travelling

    Many recent grads want to take some time off after graduation to travel and explore the world. Going to work abroad allows you to focus on your career goals and combine it with adventures. Having a job means you will not burn through your savings as you would backpacking. Work means responsibility, so you cannot let yourself be completely lost in adventures. You do have evenings, weekends and in some cases, remote working options, so you are still getting best of both worlds. Not to mention, going to live in a foreign country is an adventure itself.

  3. Your dream job does not exist where you currently live

    Maybe you come from a small country, but have always imagined working for a global brand. The only way to get that dream job, you have to go where the company has offices. Or, the case could be that there are not enough jobs available in your country, but that shouldn’t stop you from going to where the jobs exist. All you need is a passport, English and/or some other language skills, transferable skills which you have developed throughout your studies and a determination to succeed in a new environment.

  4. Improve your language skills

    Chances are that you already speak English, as it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the world. If English is not your native language, you will get a chance to improve your language skills tremendously while working abroad. Going to work in a foreign country will force you to find a common language with the locals in the country, and it’s likely that the working language will also be English. In addition to improved English, you are likely to pick up (at least a little bit) the local language while you live in a new culture.

  5. Meet new people

    With every new interaction we are opening ourselves to new wisdom by hearing different opinions and perspectives. Learning from books is great, but it’s amazing how much we can learn from other people. Talking to people from diverse backgrounds is a great opportunity to improve your communication and social skills. You never know where a new interaction may lead you, you can make new friendships, meet potential business partners, new customers, expand your network in the new country, it can be very valuable for both your personal and professional life.

  6. International work experience looks good on your CV

    This has been said a million times, it doesn’t even need an explanation. Graduates with first-hand knowledge of another country’s culture will be better prepared to understand 21st century business world, it shows global awareness and the ability to succeed in the modern hyper connected world.

  7. Learn new skills

    Working abroad will expose you to an entire new way of doing things, you will see how things can be done differently. You will have to be a quick learner and able to adapt to a different business style and processes. The skills you learn abroad are extremely valuable and they will differentiate you from all other job seekers who can’t demonstrate the same kind of adaptability, problem-solving abilities and resourcefulness.

  8. Learn to see your own country and culture with new eyes

    Nothing changes the way we see our own life experiences like seeing the way other people live. It will make you appreciate everything you have, things that you have taken for granted for your whole life. It will fill you with a sense of wonder and empathy for other cultures and countries. Seeing many different lifestyles, values, outlooks on life, will broaden your perspective and hopefully you’ll become more tolerant and open to different ways of life. With all these experiences you will gain new perspective about your own country and the culture. In the words of M.Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

  9. Get out of your comfort zone

    “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is a famous inspirational quote which is meant to motivate you to challenge yourself. To find out if life really begins at the end of your comfort zone you have to go out and experience it yourself. Don’t get too comfortable, or you may end up living a mediocre life, which is worse than any temporary discomfort. People don’t grown when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.

  10. Live without regrets

    There’s no better time than after graduation in the early stage of your career to take a risk and go work abroad for some time. It can be daunting to go into the unknown, survive on less money and feel uncomfortable in a new environment, but taking a risk is better than having regrets. Ask yourself – if not now, then when? When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.

* Wanderwork is a blend of the words wanderlust (a strong desire to travel) and work. If Wanderwork was in dictionaries, the definition would be: short or long term professional migration led by the desire to see the world while gaining international working experience.