International students have particular experiences and skills that make them stand out in a crowd of potential employees.
It can be hard out there, though, so when you write resumes and meet employers, it’s good to know the things that make you especially valuable to them.
Here are four secret advantages that international students have, that you should highlight when talking to employers.
1. You are different
As an international student, you will bring new ideas and different perspectives into your workplace – making your employer’s organisation more diverse and well-rounded. Studies have even proven that more diverse organisations are more innovative and can even be more profitable.
2. You are committed
An employer might wrongly assume that an international student isn’t going to stick around in the job for very long. But actually, you’ve dared to venture away from friends and family because of how committed you are to finding this job. You’ve had to make many sacrifices and face many challenges in order to be here – that’s because you are passionate and motivated!
3. You have ‘cultural capital’
You’re probably bilingual, and/or you have specialised knowledge of overseas markets and trends – this makes you incredibly valuable to an employer. Australia has lower rates of bilingualism than other countries, so the fact that you can speak more than one language can make you very valuable to a company that works with overseas markets. The same goes for having a special knowledge of the culture, economy or work practices of another region. As an international student, you’ll help your employer be competitive in a global economy and to communicate with overseas markets or clients.
4. You are really mature
Perhaps most importantly, international students are very grown-up. You’ve had to do it all yourself – move away from the comforts of home, get through university by yourself and in the process, become highly independent.
Through it all, you’ve learned resilience, good work ethics, as well as an ability to work with people who are different from you. This means you won’t fall to pieces when things go wrong; you’ll be a self-sufficient employee who can work well with others and see things through to the end.
Now, what employer wouldn’t want all that!