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

Introduction

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.

Benefits

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.

Drawbacks

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.

Tips

  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 Suraj paliwal on Sun, 07/11/2021 - 15:13

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Absolutely, that's reason I'm doing hard work in my English language. I'm improved a lot since 5 months. I'm interested in live in abroad because unfortunately in my country many unusual things happen frequently.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Wed, 03/11/2021 - 14:44

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That`s really is good opportunity to learn the language, to meet new people, to save money, to see different places, to buy something. I think for me its not good idea, because I can`t save money :/ I`m with wide fingers :/. But I must teach of that soon. But its really good to be independent if you can :)

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 05:12

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Sure, I really would like to work overseas, it's one of my dreams. I believe that work abroad could give you a lot of benefits. Firstly, it helps you with your self-esteem because you need to talk and socialize with other people so your confidence may change in a positive way. Therefore, you will enhance your speaking abilities in a foreign language since every day you face other realities. However, I have not done it yet due to economical issues. For me, it's difficult to try to afford the cost of this kind of trip because I have to respond to other expenses.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 07/07/2021 - 19:00

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yes, sure I would like to experience various conditions.

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Fri, 28/05/2021 - 18:00

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Yes, I would like to work abroad during my vacation.

Submitted by paola_k on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 02:34

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I have some questions, why does the report use the gerund in "working overseas" and "learning about"? Could the tense be changed to infinitive and write "to work overseas" and "to learn about"?

Hello paola_K,

The gerund is a verb form which function as a noun in the sentence. Most frequently, it is a subject or an object of a verb or a preposition.

In the report, working overseas is the object of a preposition (of working overseas). Learning about is the subject in the sentence (learning about a different culture and way of life makes people...).

 

 

We would not use to-infinitive in either of these sentences.

You can read more about the uses of these form here:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/to-infinitives

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar-reference/ing-forms

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by paola_k on Tue, 20/04/2021 - 02:29

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I would love to work or study abroad, especially if I need to use my english, which is not my native language, but as the report says it could involve some challenges and the financial ones I think are the bigger ones. However I believe most of the visas that allow you to work or study require you to travel with a certain amount of money, just in case of an emergency. But surely it may not be easy to live in a different country on your own, leaving a place you already know how it works for another one totally unfamiliar.

Submitted by Mikhail1988 on Fri, 12/03/2021 - 05:27

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Hi! Yes, i'd like to work abroad. The advantages are speaking practice, different atmosphere, another people. I will agree to work overseas if the employer will provide Expenses to live there: accomodation, eating, taxes, insuranse and etc. I'm married so i have to be confidebt in reliable future for my family in a New place.

Submitted by Justine STM on Sun, 31/01/2021 - 18:55

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I would like work abroad during my holidays, because when i go in other countries i like very much meet local people. Probably it's more easy to do that in a work. When i'm only a tourist i meet only touristic people like Air BNB owner or others travellers but not often really local people of my generation. I usually take my sleep place in airbnb or bed and breakfast to speak with local people about their work, their hobbies or better their favourite bar or restaurant. My partner for my travels has the same mind so we check all the local good places before our departure and ask the people we meet for advising. Probably if we work abroad we could know a lot of good places like this.

Submitted by BlaiChan on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 08:25

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Well, I'd like to work abroad if I get a chance. In my opinion, working abroad will bring self-confidence to you at least and provide lots of experiences which are crucial in the future in fact.

Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 17/11/2020 - 16:19

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I think working abroad is a good chance to become better. You can look at other people: how they live, work of spend their free time. You can compare that with your own country and decide what do you like or dislike, what you can change at home. You also may have a chance to know something new about others culture. That can expand your imagination, you will can look at your problems from other point of view. In addition, multinational communication helps us to know each other better, to grow understanding and respect, to prevent conflicts and even wars. I like to go abroad and I've already visited many European countries. I've even worked in one of them. I'm sure that experience help me to grow in many ways.

Submitted by Easter on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 22:17

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Would you like to work abroad during your holidays? Probably not, since some of the countries are really in danger, without any security and your friend or family's accompany, that will become really bad. if you have already visited or you realise that you have enough confidence with that country, you have a chance to work there

Submitted by shelly on Tue, 27/10/2020 - 06:16

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Would you like to work abroad during your holidays? If I would have this chance I definitely wouldlike to work abroad during my holiday. I am happly to learn new culture and make new friends from different country.

Submitted by Denise on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 02:39

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Living abroad Currently 40 per cent of the young people in Brazil are travelling to try a life abroad.This report aims to show the benefits and the drawbacks of the work out of your own country. To prepare this report 200 young people abroad were interviewed and almost everything about foreigner life were said. Benefits Almost 100 per cent of the youth living abroad revealed that becoming more independent in another language speaking country can be extremely challenge but also very open- minded. Getting in touch with other cultures, places and habits helped them to improve themselves as a person and see the world from a different perspective, with so much love and respect. Drawbacks Something that was also mentioned by some of them is that living abroad can be a lonely life in the beginning which could lead some of them to depression feelings and thoughts. Once you are young living abroad your mind also create a division between your country and where you are living, making you feel like not belonging to any of the places. Conclusion and recommendation Living abroad can be very challenging but also a start for a huge change in pleople’s life. Some of this changes has the power to teach many lessons the life has to offer ,including how we improve our way of thinking and how the whole world works.To Learn a new language,to get to know how to behaviour in certain circumstances in other culture’s way it’s really valuable and precious when comes to new beginning as a foreigner.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 12:59

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I would have worked abroad during my holidays when I was a teenager, but my parents didn't allowed me to do this, because they believed I was too young.

Submitted by YaMaCa on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:22

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I strongly believe that working overseas brings more benefits than drawbacks if the person can afford everything related to travel. Also, is important to have a wide domain of the language for the country that you are interested in. Therefore you should plan with plenty of time everything as budget, clothes, tickets, visa processes, etc.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Tue, 06/10/2020 - 08:59

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In General, I am an international student abroad right now and I have worked in many small and big companies. I would say it is not easy to work abroad there are some benefits and drawbacks. Of course, I faced also financial issues despite you work in any company. It would not be ease of commuting, and your payment will be cutted from tax. I can not do as volunteering in any organisation, here because I should pay my rent and insurance. I know around me that some students want to do volunteering in non English countries or reverse, but I have my dismay how to finance all expensive.

Submitted by Samwumi on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 03:49

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Volunteering jobs in my country are hard to come by. You can't wake up one day in my country and think you can go out and apply for jobs with the certainty of getting it even if you meet the requirements. Every job is secured with connection. You don't know anybody means you are not getting anything. I remember my experience looking for placement for my industrial training, which is a prerequisite to completing the penultimate year. I nearly trekked the length of my city in search of a company to work in gratis, without payment. But I didn't get any until one day I took the bull by the horns and approached the human resource manager in one of the companies I have applied to. I pleaded with him, telling him the importance of working with them. Finally, he considered my application and I started the job the next day. Note that while I was repeatedly writing applications to the company, a number of applications had been granted with connection.

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

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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Yes, I think that it would be a exciting experience

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

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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

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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

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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.

Submitted by Magedelabd on Tue, 07/04/2020 - 16:38

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Actually I am graduated long time ago. But when I was a student I used to travel abroad ib the summer vacation. It was very useful for me and also it was so easy. I used was working also in those countries where I traveled too and the amount of made money was enough to cover my traveling expenses and also was good enough too to cover my college expenses in my home country. Pluse what mentioned above I gained a lot of experience like foreign language learning , dealing with the difficulties , be full responsible about my self from A to Z .

Submitted by Thanh Luu on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 11:11

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-In my opinion, working abroad will give me many advantage. First of all, I can improve social skills by interacting with customers to explain and sell some kind of product for the company I will be working for, plus I will be trained for the product that I am selling in order to be expertise in my area to convince people buying. As well as improving language skill if I am working in another country where people are speaking different language and that is also the language I am studying. Moreover, working abroad will help reduce the computer screen time during the holiday, which is not very healthy lifestyle and I am trying to avoid it. Therefore, working abroad is great choice for me. It bring me more opportunities to having more activities outside and stay away from my computer screen during holiday time.

Submitted by maqsoodibrahim on Fri, 06/03/2020 - 06:00

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In my opinion working overseas during the vacations has advantages. Firstly you can better earn your living easily as in foreign countries you can fulfil your expenses by doing part-time jobs etc. Secondly gaining overseas experience helps a lot in personal and professional life, because experience of overseas greatly helps in career growth and it also helps to adjust in any environment.

Submitted by hungrymoon on Tue, 25/02/2020 - 11:40

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Working abroad in summer holiday may be beneficial for a student. Unfortunately It was impossible to do this when I was at universty. Because It could be very hard to keep my money if I would worked abroad. I need to earn money in summer holiday to cover my eduational expenses. Therefore I didn't work abroad. However, if I had a child I would recommend working abroad.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Fri, 21/02/2020 - 12:45

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I'd like to relax abroad during my holidays!

Submitted by Vannalack Chan… on Fri, 21/02/2020 - 09:04

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A report on students' part-time job abroad Introduction Nowadays, over half of the undergraduates who study in the second and third years tend to work overseas during their long holidays due to better wages compared to the host country. The primary aims of this report are to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of working abroad and to bring these results into the university's attention in a bid to find sustainable approaches for students themselves. This report is the evidence-based information of 120 interviews with students in South East Asia countries Benefits The majority of the students interviewed said that working in different countries would enable them to break out from the comfort zone to learn new things, interact with local citizens, adapt in a multi-cultural environment and upgrade their hidden skills. Some claim that all lessons learned are keys to achieving study goals and having more income which allows them to manage personal expenses during each semester. Drawbacks Some claim that the communication barrier would lead them sometimes into trouble. For example, students who are not familiar with local cultural norms find difficulties to deal with customers when working in restaurants, bars and other types of business service providers. Conclusion and Recommendation Given the points made above, it is recommended that the school should form the new career counseling team with direct dial to fully take steps in allocating and following the students once having a part-time job overseas through this approach would encourage the persons in charge to evaluate students' lives outside the campus and promptly contract with them via hotline number.

Submitted by Sanja on Tue, 04/02/2020 - 13:17

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Yes, sure. I think working abroad can boost individual's self confidence and self-efficacy. Also, there is a lot of advantages to increase knowledge about other cultures and to improve our understanding of life.

Submitted by gicandrade on Tue, 12/11/2019 - 09:27

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What is advantages to work abroad? Work abroad is perfect to students who want to improve other languages and earn confident. However there is benefits and drawbacks of working overseas. The report aims to show why is important for students to live the experience and what care should be taken when decide for this adventure. When we talk to the students about it the most of them say that working overseas during the summer holidays can bring several benefits. The main benefits are: improve their foreign languages skills by working in non-English speaking country, this may help them get a better job in the future. Besides, they learn about a different culture and way of like makes people more open-minded, though the students become more confident when they learn practical skills to help them live independently later in life. Although there are many advantages, we can find some disadvantages such as: the cost of travel does not allow saving money. They need financial support that the most of them don’t have. Besides that, working abroad may improve students languages skills and become confident. Therefore, they need to pay attention to the cost of the travel and have financial support. Only in this way it is possible to live a true experience.

Submitted by Maitane on Fri, 19/07/2019 - 10:50

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Would you like to work abroad during your holidays? No, I wouldn't because it may be very difficult working in a language that you don't know. Also, I would miss my city and my friends. However, I think that it could be a good way to learn about life and foreign language.

Submitted by CHINMOY_53 on Sat, 04/05/2019 - 15:37

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If students are allowed to work abroad during summer holidays they are likely to be benifited in many ways. Besides learning a new language , self raliance grows in them and learn to face and overcome many adverse situations. But considering the huge expenditure involved in such projects , majority of the students would not be able to avail this opportunity in spite of having the merit.So it is better if the school have some minimum program for selecting the students and also releases a portion of fund required to cover their expenditure .

Submitted by Lianna on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:05

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During my holidays i want to work abroad. First of all i want to improve my language skills, add my vocabulary, to find new friends, to study their customs and traditions and why not exchange our skills. We study english, but there is no environment to practice our listening, speaking . When i will work, i will earn money and open my own developing center in my country.

Submitted by ADELE on Tue, 05/03/2019 - 13:06

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I'm scheduled to work during holidays and definitely abroad specially in UK. I'm looking for IELTS exam and score marks required to expect it. For me it's would be a good achievement for this year