International volunteering and placement opportunities for students
Participating in international volunteering and placement opportunities is a great way of enhancing your CV and gaining not only valuable but also unique skills that will impress future employers. Experience in another country shows prospective employers that you're an adaptable, resourceful and an independent person with an open mind – these are key competencies employers are looking for in graduates. Demonstrating that you have an international perspective will enable you to compete more effectively in the job market.
International volunteering is a way to make your CV stand out from the crowd while making a difference to the global community. For some careers (e.g. teaching, social work), volunteering experience is valuable, or even essential. Even if it's not essential for your career plans, it's a great way to develop your skills and show your commitment to supporting a good cause – something which impresses employers. Through volunteering, you can gain skills which are transferrable to most works environment such as team work, communication and organisational skills.
Placements and other forms of work experience give you excellent first-hand experience of the working world and help you develop skills that you can use within your degree studies and once you graduate. International work experience also provides an opportunity to gain a unique set of skills while working with people from different backgrounds. You will improve your understanding of other cultures, develop your cross-cultural communication skills and, in some cases, enhance your foreign language fluency.
If you are undertaking a placement in another EU country and would like to enquire about maintenance grants available through Erasmus +, please email our Erasmus team for more information.