Are Work, Intern & Volunteer Programs Beneficial to a Career
Youth travel company BUNAC recently conducted a survey, asking university representatives, careers advisors and our alumni network to assess how important it is for school and university leavers, both in terms of personal growth and professional development, to join a work, intern or volunteer program. Here is what was found:
- 97% of those surveyed believed taking part in work, intern and volunteer programmes abroad in a different country developed school and university leavers’ careers
- 79% believed they held stronger communicative skills and 74% regarded them having a more secured sense of independence.
- In terms of opportunities abroad, 78% believed taking part in a professional internship was the most beneficial of overseas programmes for career development.
- The personal benefits of working, interning and volunteering abroad are endless. 91% believed the experience helps establish friendships from all over the world. 88% believe it offers a different perspective of cultures and countries, and 85% understand that it develops an improved sense of confidence and self-esteem.
- Of those surveyed, 81% said experiencing a new culture was what motivated them to participate. While 71% were inspired to work in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, and 62% wanted to expand their social circle and meet new people.
- 82% believed individuals who worked, interned or volunteered abroad were more developed in their maturity and cultural sensitivity.
- 96% of those surveyed would recommend someone to work and travel overseas in order to help achieve professional goals.