When it comes to doing an internship abroad, there are so many choices and possibilities, hence the biggest decision is about deciding which city to go to. Your internship destination can help you shape your skill set and contribute significantly to your professional development. Someone said, if you continue studying, rather than working, you may never learn what you really want in life.
Pamela, a Colombian student who has recently moved to London to start an internship in marketing, says that although she had several other options, she chose London because it’s a global business city, offering incredible diversity as well as endless opportunities to experience and grow.
Pamela is one of many examples of young people aspiring to get international work experience in a big city, so what is it about London that tops everyone’s list as a popular internship destination?
1. Experience the Global Diversity
London is home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, and this is what gives the city such a vibrant, buzzing, and eclectic atmosphere. Did you know that approximately ⅓ Londoners were born abroad and over 200 hundred languages are spoken in the city? Working for a multinational company creates opportunities in working with international projects and increases chances for travelling. Use this experience to make a name for yourself - employers are increasingly seeking “global graduates” and it will be a big boost to your career prospects. You don’t have to stay in London forever, but if you like it… why not?
2. Networking & Relationships
Did you know that around 85% of jobs are filled through networking? Being a huge city and a famous hub internationally for business, London can give you so much more than just an opportunity to focus on your internship. Spend this time focusing on building relationships with people from around the world, which will not only create a sense of belonging, but will be extremely useful in your later life. Go to networking and business events, listen to inspiring success stories, and fill yourself up with everlasting ambitions.
3. Multiple Placement Opportunities
As a global centre of finance, fashion, and media, London offers internship opportunities in every career field. It's a brilliant city to develop your career and progress in it quickly, more so than anywhere else in the UK, so grab the bull by the horns!
4. Travel to Any City in Europe and Collect Experiences
If you have a soft spot for city breaks, then London is the right place for you. With a number of airports, you can reach nearly any city in Europe within just a few hours! Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Rome, just to name a few, can be reached from only £5 a ticket (that’s true!). You will be able to explore Europe inside out. Not to mention, the train system in Europe is so efficient, that travelling from country to country is relatively easy and simple. Psst... look for the biggest discounts and deals!
5. You Will Never Get Bored
Finally, how can you possibly get bored in a city the size of London, which never goes to sleep? Whether you’re into culture (London has 3 of the world’s top 10 museums), food, or simply fancy a chance to visit the Queen, you’re going to be in good company here. A heaven for the arts and music, London hosts an enviable number of clubs and bars, and that’s just a tiny percentage of some of London's most popular activities. We could go on all day!
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Published on 3rd April 2018
Updated on 27th February 2022