After you've donned your cap and gown and kissed your campus goodbye, what's next? We know that jumping straight into a career or further education is a daunting prospect, so why not delay the inevitable for a little longer and flex your psychology muscles in a beautiful location while helping others? Here are some of the reasons many psychology grads pack their bags and head overseas to work in the mental health sector post-graduation.
To discover life beyond the library
You've just spent three to four years of your life working hard both in and out of the classroom and if you're anything like us you've been working part time or volunteering as well. You've been adhering to a rigid, packed schedule for a long while. Breaking this routine can be difficult and lead to the "Graduation Blues." In our experience the best way to beat this condition is to do something completely different and meaningful. Why not get some sun on your skin at the same time as adding extra purpose to your days?
To increase job prospects
According to LinkedIn "1 of 5 hiring managers in the U.S. agree they have hired a candidate because of their volunteer work experience, based on a survey of LinkedIn members." That's a whopping 20% of employers that value voluntary experience as much as your employment history. Volunteering is a great way to invest in your future and to try out lots of different things to find out what you like before committing to a full-time position.
To improve cross-cultural understanding
Volunteering in your home country is paramount, but post-graduation you might want to push yourself and step outside of the comfort of your own community. In today's multicultural society it's important to be able to work with diverse client groups. Working in another country where you don't speak the language and aren't familiar with the customs teaches you patience, respect and how to work through problems critically and creatively. #Lifeskills
To share and gain skills
Now that you're a graduate you will have a wealth of knowledge and experience behind you. Sharing what you've learned with a community overseas can be beneficial for everyone concerned. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from local professionals who may do things differently, but equally effectively. We have a tendency to be taught from a "West is best" model and there's no better way to crush those outdated colonial ideas than to work with and observe experts abroad.
This one's easy! Heading straight into a job after university pretty much ensures that your future global explorations will be limited to your annual holiday allowance. If you volunteer abroad you'll not only see a whole other part of the world, but you can contribute your knowledge and experience in an impactful way, which you won't regret. No one ever wishes they'd spent more time at the office. Unless, that is, your office is near a beach.
To make new friends
It's a crucial life skill to be able to get along with people from various cultures and backgrounds. Volunteering abroad will help you to improve your social game and ensure you have a couch to sleep on in at least one other country besides your own. Delving into another culture and experiencing all the ups and downs that come with that alongside people you've never met before is intense, but it's also incredibly rewarding and before you know it you could be BFFs. Why not carpe that diem and live somewhere where it's the norm to drink straight from the coconut and eat with your hands? And why not do it with a bunch of total strangers who could soon become your ultimate #squad? At the risk of overusing hashtags here - #YOLO
Volunteering in any capacity is always a worthwhile and advantageous move for both your career and for the betterment of the community. So why not take it one step further and couple your altruism with multiculturalism? Start your SLV.Global journey by applying below.