Benefits of completing an international placement –
Well not only will it look great on your CV / reservation, it will also make you stand out from anyone else when you’re apply for your dream job, of course that takes time. You get to meet so many different people, Americans, South Africans, Jamaicans, Philippine’s, Asians, Haiti. I’ve even served members from the UK who are living at St. Andrews country club and the expression on their faces when they hear me talk and then realises I’m from the Uk is amazing!! Also with the great experience / training you will have at the end of the international placement, things will become so clear for your future, you will see things differently, do things differently, and most definitely be a different person from whom you were at the start – all for the better reasons. One of the biggest benefit for me was growing up. Sounds silly but as I said in my previous blogs before I came here I knew nothing about providing for myself, I never worked a washing machine before, never really cooked for myself apart from microwave ready meals haha! Sounds like a life of luxury but of course I had to learn how to do all that stuff now! I’ve never been grocery shopping so that was a challenge, I didn’t know what to get or what foods go together for dinner, I was so lost! But now that I’ve been here for 8 months I feel like a whole new person! And for the better!
Why would I recommend completing an international placement
Let me start by saying why wouldn’t you? The weather is gorgeous nearly everyday, its America, there’s never not anything to do, DisneyWorld is just a bus journey from Florida to Orlando, Post Malone likes to visit Miami American Airlines arena, I hear Ariana Grande is popping over to. Lord sugar likes to come for lunch sometimes. Do I need to continue?
You’ll never be able to experience this back at home, and I’m not just talking about the celebrities. We don’t have country clubs back in the UK, well non like the ones here! The standards are so high and you will learn the best from the best. And when people hear you’ve lived in America for 6 months or even a year like I have, already people will know how independent and professional you are and when they hear about the work you’ve been doing, your gaining gold stars. But you have to give it ago, don’t quit after the first few weeks.
Push yourself, get out of your comfort zone because if you don’t now then when will you? Home will still be there, but this opportunity won’t. Grab it with both hands!