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5 benefits of working overseas in hospitality

Aside from its personal rewards, working overseas in hospitality can give you a competitive edge in the hospitality industry.

Working overseas can seriously boost your career prospects. Le Cordon Bleu Australia networks with 2100 industry partners in over 35 countries. By developing strong international industry connections, Le Cordon Bleu connects students and alumni to the best in industry. Career Services actively seek local and international opportunities for current students and alumni.

Here are 5 reasons why you should work overseas in hospitality.

1. Gain a global perspective

Working overseas will introduce you to different working styles and cultures, which is increasingly important in today's global economy. By immersing yourself in another culture, you will quickly gain a better appreciation of the differences between people and their cultural perspectives. Increased cultural awareness is a valuable asset as workplaces everywhere are constantly evolving. After working abroad you'll find it easier to fit into Australia's multicultural workplaces having learned to relate to diverse groups and individuals.

A broader cultural perspective is even more important for graduates looking to work in hospitality management roles. The adaptability and resilience you need to work overseas will help you become a stronger manager. The interpersonal skills you'll gain from relating to diverse groups will make you a more confident leader.

2. Enhance your CV

In addition to looking great on your CV, taking the initiative to work overseas shows employers that you embrace challenge. Learning to speak a foreign language will also make your CV stand out from the crowd, according to statistics only 18 per cent of Australians are bilingual.

After you return from overseas, words like independence, self-motivated and problem solving will be more than just buzzwords on your CV - they are real qualities you'll have acquired from living abroad.

3. Develop your existing skills

Working overseas will give you the chance to apply knowledge and skills you may have gained while studying. Such a move is challenging and will push you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to develop your abilities.

4. Get a deeper understanding of the industry

As with any industry, hands-on experience is invaluable and working overseas will teach you the practicalities of the industry from a foreign perspective. You will see the industry from a unique angle, gaining fresh insight and learning new skills that you may not be able acquire back home. The end result is that your overseas experiences make you a stand out from the crowd in a competitive industry.

5. Expand your professional network

Working overseas will give you the chance to expand your professional network. A broader network connects you to more people and businesses in the industry and therefore increase your employment opportunities.

A recommendation from a five-star hotel in London would look great in your resume and work wonders for your career when you return home!

To find out more about how to combine study with travel and working in hospitality contact our friendly team at Le Cordon Bleu today or subscribe to our newsletter.

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