Is studying abroad a good idea for an International Marketing major?
I was wondering if studying abroad for some of college would be good if I want to travel as a job in business or marketing. #business #marketing #college #study-abroad
My gut reaction to your question is yes! From what you shared about your professional ambitions, study abroad seems like a great experience that could prepare you for a career in international marketing. Not only might it offer you specialized skills for your future career, but study abroad can also introduce people to diverse once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will help you grow as an individual. Also, it can be a blast!
My degree program (Business & Global Affairs) actually offered mini-study abroad adventures (about 1-2 weeks) as part of the curriculum, because international experiences, when possible, can offer tremendous hands-on value. Whether it is cultural exchanges or simply the act of traveling a far distance to a new environment, study abroad trips are wonderful!
However, study abroad trips are not for everyone, so please find a list of possible pro's and con's that you can consider to best answer your question yourself.
- exposure to different culture, environment, food, and language
- specialized skill development for your internationally-focused degree and career interest
- growth & maturity as a young individual traveling a far distance to a new environment and finding a place for yourself amidst the ambiguity
- a rare opportunity to truly see the world and have a blast meeting new people!
- the cost: not all study abroad trips are financially feasible
- the courses: do your school's study abroad programs still allow you to graduate within your desired time period? are the courses ones that you are interested in taking? do they fill your requirements?
- the location: is there a program in a location that fascinates/interests you? would you be excited about traveling there?
- the timing: given the fact that the pandemic has limited many students' time to be in-person at their schools, would you regret missing out on school activities by being away for a semester?
- the distance: are you comfortable with traveling a far distance from your family/home?
Hope this was helpful!
I definitely think that studying abroad would be a great opportunity to expand your horizons for future international marketing. Not only will you get to learn how to adapt and adjust to new cultures, you will find yourself gaining problem-solving skills in a foreign setting. People that I know who have experience in studying abroad often return to those countries to work in the realm of international marketing there. The global mindset you will gain from it will un-parallel something in the States! So I would definitely say yes to looking into these opportunities.
Lauren Grzyboski, CFE, CAMS, MBA
Great question. I personal studied abroad in college and I definitely think that regardless of your career path studying abroad is a great opportunity to understand different cultures and values within other countries. It provides you with some perspective and it is a great experience you can use in the future when looking for jobs after graduation.
I completed a Summer study abroad program as part of obtaining my International Public Relations Certificate. It was such an amazing experience and would highly recommend study abroad, especially for any careers/interests that are international related. I don't think it's an absolute must, but I do think the experience is well worth it. The experience is useful to know if you truly like international business and/or traveling for business.
I also completed an international PR internship at my school. I would recommend at least searching for internships, whether they are paid or unpaid, here stateside.
Good luck and hope this helps!
Yes, you'll get so much out of stuying or working abroad. I've worked abroad one summer, studied abroad for 6 months, did an internship for 5 months and ended up working abroad for 5 years, all in 4 different countries. Now I have almost 13 years of experience in International Marketing. It's been great.
Some of the key benefits: network, huge personal development in terms of becoming independent, by building a life outside of the known and safe, getting in touch with people from all different places, religions and walks of life, stumbling and picking yourself up again, being surprised about little things and learning so much about yourself and the culture you grew up in - you'll never get that from staying close to home. It's immensely valuable for the rest of your life.
Although I'm not familiar with the American system for credits , financing etc. Here are some thoughts:
1. My first summer job was working for a business contact of my parents. I first worked a summer in their local office and the summer after I spent 6 weeks in Spain. They ended up paying for rent and a small but ok salary. Do you have anyone in your network that could facilitate something like this?
2. My internship in Brazil I found through an organization called AIESEC - worth exploring if they have a local group in your home city.
3. My international network was built in large part through JCI - worth exploring if they have a local group in your home city
4. Some universities offer fixed exchanges, this is usually more cost effective.
Generally here's a remark: When people say 'It's expensive', it's probably worth investigating the actual cost. You may be surprised, and it may cost less than you expected. How much do you need exactly? Is the cost of living cheaper over there, than it is where you live? That may compensate for a bit.
Also, if you want to do it, tighten that belt and save up. It's worth it. When I moved abroad I had to have a certain amount of money in the bank to be able to go and work there. I took my calculator and made a plan. Found out what I needed, and how much I had to save per month to get there, reviewed my expenses and found so many ways to save or earn a couple of bucks extra. I achieved my financial goal in one year. Once you are motivated, so much is possible!
Here are the benefits:
-learning new culture
-transfer credits while travelling and making new friends
Here are a few things to consider:
-research the school (cost, location, will your school recognize credits)
-funding (your own savings or better yet a program/scholarship that will pay for study)
-cost include tuition and much more, like travel cost, insurance, accommodation and living expenses
-how long will you be away (that impacts cost and arrangements)