Eve worked and studied abroad in Parma and is now in the civil service
My experience in France was invaluable in a professional capacity because not only did I make new friends and contacts and improve my language skills but I also had the opportunity to work in one of France's top holiday companies, which was the deciding factor in a job interview after university for a ski company that dealt with a large French client base.
Since university I was lucky enough to do an internship at the European Commission. A large part the application process was looking at your enthusiasm for other cultures and experience working in an international culture and I drew heavily on my year abroad experience to demonstrate this.
I have recently joined the civil service and although my first role is inward-facing, my long-term aim is to have an international/european dimension to my job and my year abroad has given me a solid foundation on which to build upon in the future."
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.