Jennifer studied abroad in Tokyo and now teaches English there
Since returning to the UK and graduating, my first job was as a Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator at Warwick University. I was responsible for recruiting and marketing the Warwick MBA to potential applicants. I would organise open events, take part in online information sessions and take care of my own portfolio of enquirers and applicants. With my portfolio coming from over 70 countries, I have no doubt that my international experience not only helped me get this job in the tough economic climate, it enabled me to thrive in it.
I left this job in September 2011 to move to Japan, where I now work as an English Instructor for Gaba Corporation. My year abroad gave me the language skills and independence to move here again by myself. Although teaching English isn’t necessarily what I’d like to do forever, it is a stepping stone towards building my people skills and further understanding the culture that I have chosen to integrate into. In my current job, my previous year at Keio University has lead to me becoming a popular teacher, as Keio is a highly prestigious institution. I am honoured and privileged to have studied there for one year.
I’m still unsure of what I’d like to do, but I have no doubt that my year abroad has made me highly marketable and has enabled me to chase opportunities that others may not be able to."
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.