Graduate who studied in Bologna and now works for the Financial Times
Since then I have gained my first job working as part of the global press office for the Financial Times with a focus on the EMEA region. Because I was able to say I had lived in a foreign country made a difference to me gaining this job as it showed that I had an understanding of foreign cultures and markets, which is important for a role that has a global scope. I also managed to meet many people during my year abroad, not only Italians, but German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Chilean and Brazilian people. This has further opened my mind to other cultures as well as having made friends that I otherwise would not have made."
In partnership with the British Academy and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) we gathered short reports from graduates on the importance that the year abroad has had for them, in terms of their skill set, their careers and their lives. These reports formed the basis of the Position Statement: Valuing the Year Abroad. Browse the reports below for inspiration, and select a tag within a report to read more on that theme.