In order to get by in this world, people need jobs: this is why people, such as yourself, study and train in certain skills and professions. Kangaroo Global wants to help you with your international career, not just with your studies and training abroad – this means that we not only ensure you get the best education and training to suit your needs and goals but that you are also equipped with the appropriate skills and techniques to navigate the global work market.
Workplaces and workforces around the world are constantly changing and it is now a lot more competitive than ever! To help you get onto the right path from the beginning, Kangaroo Global has prepared the following advice for anyone thinking about getting work overseas or at home
Identify your dream career
Don’t wait for life to choose your path for you; take control of your destiny and spend some
time thinking very hard about what it is that you would like to do with your life to make a
living. By identifying this (or these if there are multiple), you will be able to work backward
and discover what it is that you need to do to achieve this goal. By recognizing the path necessary
to achieve this dream, you can then start planning the best ways to achieve the individual steps on
the path, according to your personal circumstances and situation.
Some useful questions to ask are:
- What are you good at?
- What do you like doing?
- What are you passionate about?
- What do you want to do with your life?
- How do you get to where you want to be?
- What should you study?
These questions can be addressed alone, with family or friends, or with a professional career advisor and counselor, such as those who work at Kangaroo Global. It is helpful to get other people’s advice because they can give you perspectives that you would not have seen and may support good decisions while dissuading you from bad ones.
Your employability immediately improves if you can demonstrate that you have experience in the field for which you are seeking work. Work experience instantly distinguishes graduates from others who only have academic experience and shows employers that you are committed to the field, proactive, and are familiar and capable of the work itself and being in a professional work environment.
It also gives you an opportunity to see if that type of work really is suited to you. Studying something and actually doing it as part of your employment may be extremely different experiences, and just because you like the theory does not mean you will enjoy the practical application.
Experience can come in a number of ways but is usually in the form of internships, traineeships, volunteering, or placements. Your work does not even have to be in the field which you are studying – employers will appreciate seeing that you are a capable worker no matter what work you actually do.
Develop your soft skills
“Soft Skills” refers to personal traits and skills which enhance your capacity to contribute to and engage in work and the workplace. These are vitally important because they affect the interpersonal relations between employees and their customers and co-workers, which in turn affects workplace productivity and morale. These are being increasingly recognized as important to the success of an organization and are highly valued as a result. They include reliability, honesty, teamwork, collaboration, adaptability, empathy, and communication skills.
Practice your English
English is the most widely spoken language in the world and is considered the international language for all businesses and organizations. It is an extremely useful language and skill to have, bordering on necessary. In order to keep your English at a decent level and to improve it, ensure that you practice and expose yourself as often as possible, such as through conversations, classes, and entertainment.