Studying Abroad – Why It Was Totally Worth It

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After finishing my BA in Canada, I ended up in London doing an MSc at the London School of Economics. In Economic History.

Did it help my career?

The answer is Yes, but not in the way you might expect.

The education itself was useful. In fact I would say it was useful in the exact same way that my BA was: analytical training, intelligent environment (aka my classmates were clever).

The more useful part, however, happened around and outside of the school.

1. I met incredible people from all over the world with diverse experiences that enriched my knowledge of the world beyond North America

2. Aside from the people I met through the LSE, the experience of actually living in a culture completely different than the one I was used to was an incredibly valuable experience. I immersed myself completely- by the end, I was hooked on 3 different daily Soaps (East Enders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks).

How does this relate to getting a job? By observing business and practices that are successful abroad, etc, I recognized opportunities at home.

One example is the creation of TalentEgg itself. Another major opportunity comes from the fact that employers in the U.K are far more open to candidates from wide-ranging degree backgrounds. Even the major accounting firms recruit students with degree backgrounds in politics, philosophy, etc. They value life experience, core competencies, and signals of potential, and I think they’re on to something.

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About the author

Lauren Friese is the founder of TalentEgg.ca. She graduated from Queen's University in 2005 with a degree in economics and had no idea how to make a successful transition into the workforce. She ended up at the LSE in London, England, and after earning an MSc in economic history, used Milkround.com – a British graduate recruitment website – to find a great entry-level role in consulting in London. She thought Milkround was fantastic, and that it was a service sorely lacking in Canada. And so the idea for TalentEgg was hatched!