Hey everyone reading this. As part of my degree I can study abroad for 6 months and work in industry for 6 months. Alternatively you can do 12 months work in industry but not abroad. I have always been a big dreamer and have always tried to make decisions like this on what will potentially bring me future success and potential future happiness. The 12 months work in industry is seen as the better choice in terms of your CV. However I my life has little happiness in it at the moment and I have been feeling depressed a lot and am excited about the prospect of studying abroad just so i can see more of the world and have more fun than a stressful work placenent. What is your philosophy on decisions like this? Do I am for future happiness or aim for happiness in the short term with potential long term consequences?
In my opinion, study abroad. Learn about other cultures and live in them. It may be uncomfortable, but from all of the people I’ve met that have done it, it was worth it. And to me, future success isn’t found in industries or work for the most part. It is found in my happiness. My happiness with my place in the world, how my life is lived, and the experiences that I have. Sure, a secure job can bring some comfort, but happy relationships and a life of wonderful experiences anything that money can bring for me. Ultimately, this is your decision and you have the potential to make either path the right one (and an amazing one ;P)
Go abroad! It’s such a great opportunity to be able to venture out side of the comfort zone. You will have plenty of opportunities through life to figure out you success and work your way up, but you will not have many open oppertunities to explore other parts of the world, or live abroad for an extended amount of time. I’ve studied abroad and it was the happiest time of my college life and it has inspired me to go back out there and figure out ways to travel/ work abroad before a professional career, but it’s tough!
Studying abroad would probable not sacrifice future career success. Employers love people who travel, it shows you can adapt to different cultural climates. Plus if you network well and know someone who’s willing to help you out, you can usually get a job (even if you are pretty incompetent).
I don’t see both as mutually exclusvive. fun is subjective IMO.