These 4 globetrotting young professionals have been on a Wanderwork* and tell why you should go too

Although the term Wanderwork is new – there are millions of people, who already live it. We talked to 4 young professionals with an exciting and international background, who have been on a Wanderwork, before the word even existed. Let’s take a look at the lifestyles of the young and the restless – where wanderlust meets career development.

 

Aldar Mukharaev       

Aldar is from Russia. He has studied in Finland and Germany during his double degree bachelor studies. He has completed internships in New York City in finance field and in Berlin in data analytics field. Now he is a M.Sc. student at Aalto University in Finland.

How has an international study and career path influenced and enriched your life? (both personally and professionally)

It definitely had a significant impact on my life and career development. By working and studying in 3 countries on 2 continents, I have considerably increased my professional network, received multi-disciplinary perspective on working in a team with people from various backgrounds and learned how to address challenging problems in a constructive way. I have also enriched my cultural knowledge and met new friends from all around the world.    

Do you plan to continue working abroad in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years, in terms of location and career?

Absolutely. Since starting studying abroad, I have moved to a new place every year and once even twice a year, both locally or internationally. I enjoy constantly discovering new places, cultures and people. I still have no idea where I will end up in 5 years from this moment in terms of location and career, which became a natural state of mind over the years. Thus, I can only say that I can connect the dots looking backwards and currently open to numerous career paths globally, as long as it fulfils my intellectual curiosity and brings new positive experiences into my life.    

Any words of encouragement for students who are thinking about going for an internship abroad or work abroad after graduation?

Go for it! It is almost impossible to foresee the how many new opportunities open up once you move to a new country for studies or internship. University is a great place to start your international career in fun and still low risk environment. Thus, be confident and seize an opportunity to a full extent.   

 

Emma Lipasti       

Emma is from Finland. She completed her bachelor’s studies in Estonia and spent an exchange semester in the Netherlands. She then continued to pursue a master’s degree in the Netherlands. Emma is currently living in Belgium, working as a Communications Intern.

How has an international study and career path influenced and enriched your life? (both personally and professionally)

I can safely say, that choosing to study and work abroad has been one of the best decisions I have made. For me, the most valuable part of my international experience, has been getting to know people from around the world and learning about different cultures. Meeting people from different backgrounds can really shape the way you think, by providing you with new perspectives.

Of course, I also highly value all the great experiences and friends I’ve made from around the world. Moving abroad was also a good way for me to become more independent, and challenge myself. It is always a very thrilling experience to start in a new place, when even everyday chores can feel new and different.

Do you plan to continue working abroad in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years, in terms of location and career?

For now, I plan to continue working abroad, since it opens up many more opportunities, than only narrowing my job search to Finland. I also really enjoy working in an international environment. However, I believe that in 5 years I will have settled somewhere in Europe more permanently. The location is still unknown, which is what makes the international lifestyle so exciting!

Any words of encouragement for students who are thinking about going for an internship abroad or work abroad after graduation?

Take the chance, because you will not regret it. Even if there might be times, when you feel homesick, the experiences you gain and friends you make are worth it. You will not lose anything by trying, but might actually gain much more than you had imagined.

 

Daniel Hunt        

Daniel was born in Japan, but grew up in Canada. He completed his bachelor’s studies in Finland, and spent one semester in Malaysia as an exchange student. After graduation he moved to London to work for an international software company.

How has an international study and career path influenced and enriched your life? (both personally and professionally)

From a professional standpoint, an international degree programme has (so far) been second to none. I see it as extremely practical hands-on learning that gives you the basic knowledge needed to start a career in business. From a personal standpoint, I’ve met lifelong friends from around the globe!

Do you plan to continue working abroad in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years, in terms of location and career?

I’ve moved around all my life. Permanently living in one place is a foreign concept to me and I have no idea where I see myself in 5 years location wise. But I look to continue progressing in sales/new business wherever I am. I’d love to try out Singapore!

Any words of encouragement for students who are thinking about going for an internship abroad or work abroad after graduation?

Do it. The experiences that you will gain abroad will shape you personally and professionally.

 

Zselyke Kecskés     

Zselyke has a Finnish-Hungarian background, she speaks both languages on a native level. She completed her double degree bachelor’s studies in Finland and Spain. She is currently working in digital marketing in Spain.

How has an international study and career path influenced and enriched your life? (both personally and professionally)

I really think surrounding myself in an international environment for the past years only opened up more possibilities for me. Moving to new places has definitely taught me a lot and gave me the confidence to allow myself to flourish in different kinds of environments. Having loved ones and familiar places around the globe makes the world feel welcoming and full of possibilities.

Do you plan to continue working abroad in the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years, in terms of location and career?

I am at the stage where being abroad is the new being home. I couldn’t name just one location that I would call home, but I have rather learned in the past years to surround myself with people who make me feel accepted and loved; and that is home to me now. I see myself moving to several countries throughout the years, and see if I find somewhere where I want to settle down long term.

The same way I constantly discover interesting things to learn, and although I am enjoying working with digital marketing right now, I am definitely looking forward to do a masters within the next five years, possibly about big data, blockchain or something equally fascinating.

Any words of encouragement for students who are thinking about going for an internship abroad or work abroad after graduation?

I would recommend to take on any chance you have to get experiences abroad. Home will be always there if you want to return, but the friends and experiences you will gain abroad are priceless.

 

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

About the author

Sandra Lusmägi

Sandra is the co-founder and CEO of Wanderwork. She is passionate about connecting the best university talent with amazing job opportunities across the globe. Helping people and businesses to work together across countries, cultures and languages.