A report on working abroad

Learn how to write a report on working abroad.


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The principal of a local college has asked you to write a report on the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad in the summer holidays. She would like to know if the college should recommend 'working holidays' to its students.

A report on students' experiences of working abroad


Currently, approximately 25 per cent of Hawthorne College students work abroad during the summer break. This report aims to show the benefits and drawbacks of working overseas in order to decide whether the college should recommend the experience to its students.

To prepare for this report, a sample of 100 students were interviewed, 23 of whom had worked abroad. This is a summary of their comments.


According to the students interviewed, working overseas during the summer holidays can bring several benefits. Most of all, students can improve their foreign language skills by working in a non-English speaking country. This may help them get a better job in the future. Additionally, learning about a different culture and way of life makes people more open-minded. A further advantage is that students may become more confident when they learn practical skills to help them live independently later in life, for example, finding accommodation and cooking for themselves.


However, a large number of interviewees mentioned drawbacks as well. Students who need to study over the summer will find it difficult to do so while working abroad. Most significant of all are finance issues: only a minority of students are able to afford travel expenses, accommodation and visas. In addition, students may have to take low-income jobs if they are not fluent in the local language, so they may struggle to cover their expenses.

Conclusion and recommendation

Working abroad may improve students' language skills and confidence. However, students often need to earn money during the holidays to support their studies and working abroad may not provide the opportunity to save. Also, the cost of travel means that only students who are able to afford it have the chance to do this. Therefore, the college should only recommend working abroad if there is financial support from the college for students that need it.


  1. The basic structure of a report is usually the same:
    • Introduction (including the purpose of the report and how the data was collected)
    • Findings (including benefits and drawbacks if appropriate)
    • Conclusion and recommendations.
  2. Use headings for each section.
  3. Use formal vocabulary (e.g. Currently, ... in order to ... Therefore, ...) to give the report a formal style.
  4. The ideas and conclusions should be objective. Use non-personal subjects (e.g. This report aims to … ) and passive structures (e.g. 100 students were interviewed).
  5. You can also use may to show that something is not certain (e.g. This may help them get a better job in the future).


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Submitted by mxoubi0 on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 11:03

I strongly believe that working abroad is a very helpful idea as lots of students would like to spend their time continually in something valuable and beneficial that it might be a good financial source in order to cover their expenses.

Submitted by gachatama26 on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 14:25

  I would like to work abroad during my holiday. I think to work abroad, there are many advantages but there are some disadvantages too. Even so, I would like to work abroad during my holiday. I will give the advantages and disadvantages in detail. I’ll explain advantages to work abroad. By doing that, we can acquire our foreign languages skills. Because if work abroad, we have to use our foreign languages even if we can’t speak at all. And through working abroad, we can experience and meet people we can’t if we stay at our countries. Also, working abroad during holiday is not thing that everyone can do. That’s why if we can do it, it makes our life more fruitful. On the other hand, there are disadvantages to work abroad. For example, although working, working abroad costs a lot of money. So, we can’t work abroad if we don’t afford financially. And holiday isn’t a long time. We have to come back before we acquire languages skills and cultural knowledges completely. That’s why working abroad may be kind of halfway. There are advantages but also disadvantages to work abroad. However, I believe to work abroad makes me strong. So, even if working abroad has some bad points, I would like to do it!

Submitted by Naomimatthews on Sun, 14/06/2020 - 18:22

I would like to work abroad during my holidays because it will give me an opportunity to gain foreign work experience and make me stand out amongst my peers. I will learn new culture and some foreign work ethics.

Submitted by Jin learning English on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 21:33

i would like to work abroad in USA. I think learn English is good and help overcome bias for everyone. I see the page about no racism and everyone learn education together and now I want learn English with the best schools online.

Submitted by cadu on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 14:38

Yes, I think that it would be a exciting experience

Submitted by Reza 2020 on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 14:03

Working overseas is one of my dreams during the holidays. I would like to work in a country that people are native speakers of English. Working with the colleagues whose native language is English will improve my verbal skills.

Submitted by jazmin marquez on Wed, 22/04/2020 - 00:01

Of course! I would like to work abroad during my vacation. It can bring various benefits to my academic, professional and personal life. I would travel to countries with another language, specifically English, in this way, I would improve my foreign language skills and learn about a different culture. Since I have been working in many cities, different from where I was born, it would be very easy for me to migrate temporarily to another country and I would have no problem doing this.

Submitted by Huini on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 15:21

Introduction At present, approximately 75 percent of graduate students from a renowned university in Bangladesh study in the United States of America (USA) and settle there after completing their higher studies. This report aims to show the benefits and drawbacks of living in the USA to decide whether a student should go to the USA or not. To prepare for this report, a sample of 100 students were interviewed, 76 of whom had stayed in the USA. This is the summary of their comments. Benefits According to the students interviewed, living in the USA provides several advantages. Many, but not all, students reach out to a top career position. They enjoy their overseas life due to a well-structured environment. This fulfills their basic needs perfectly, for example, gorgeous lifestyle, trusted health insurance, the amazing scope of entertainments and so on. Drawbacks However, a small number of interviewees mentioned drawbacks as well. Students who study abroad miss their families tremendously. This may be hard for students to stay oversea without his/her family. There is a huge tendency to feel lonely in abroad. Furthermore, the new faces, the new culture, and the new places may be uncomfortable for students. Conclusion and Recommendation Living in the USA may bring a splendid lifestyle for a student. However, this gorgeous life may not be happy if the family doesn't attend there. Therefore, for a better life, a student should go to the USA with their family.