What to do before starting your career?

Every year millions of people graduate university and start looking for jobs. That’s a lot of people competing with each other to get the position they desire. Once you do get a job, that means 40+ hours of work per week for the rest of your life. When you’re working, it will not as easy for you to do the things you wish you had done earlier. In the spirit of having no regrets, here are three things you should do before entering the job world.

  1. Travel.

We all wish to travel and see the world, see other places that we haven’t seen before and meet people from all around the globe. Once you are working, making big trips can be more difficult because you might not have as much time, so use your time to actually plan a big trip to some place that you have always wanted to visit. You have time to find a job!


  1. Do a gap year

Take one year off and do whatever it is you like. You could go somewhere and help the less fortunate or pursue one of your interests you might not have had time to during college. Choose something that will make you happy and that you will not regret.


  1. Do an internship

Yes, interning somewhere is pretty much the same as having a job, but it’s not. As an intern you might not have as much responsibility but you still get a lot of insights into the business of your choice and you can actually benefit a lot from it. Once you enter the job world or maybe even pursue a Master’s program, you will be prepared and ready for whatever comes your way.


“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

– Maya Angelou

Making experiences is what shapes you as a person and what can give you great advantages in your future career. There are many things to do, but ultimately you are your own person and I cannot tell you what to do. But you should really consider to make some memories or pursue an adventure if that’s what you want. Activate Your Professional Life and make memories.

Do this or you will never find a job!

Having finished your Bachelor’s degree is a great thing. You are finally done and can go out into the world and start working. But it’s also a time of many questions. Should I continue studying and go for a Master’s degree? Should I just start working?


It was Julius Caesar who said “Experience is the teacher of all things.”

While it is great to be at university to learn all things theoretical and make sure you have an understanding of your preferred subject, it is absolutely vital that you get some experience before entering the working world.


Everyone knows that already. Most people who are hiring are already expecting you to have some kind of experience in the field, but what can you do to distinguish yourself from the masses?

The answer is simple. Go abroad. Show your employers that you are able to work in an international team, that you have the communication skills to work with practically anybody, that you can work well in new environments, that you value the input of different people to reach the best possible end result. This is what employers will be impressed by, this is what will get you ahead.


According to NACE’s Job Outlook survey, 80% of employers are looking for people who have some kind of leadership experience. One of our fundamental values in AIESEC is to develop leadership in young people as we believe that it is the fundamental solution to the world’s issues. We try to do this with our exchange programs, to put young people in challenging situations and through that develop this and many more skills in them.


Apart from all of those facts, another reason to go abroad for your internship is just simply to go abroad. You have a lot of time when you are young to experience the world and see other places. By traveling abroad for your internship, you can combine traveling with gaining work experience. You will have the option to immerse yourself in a different culture and actually experience it much more closely and who knows, maybe you will discover that place as a potential place to start your future.

So don’t hesitate and Internationalise your Professional Life.

Masters? Not Yet

So you just finished your Bachelor right? You’re thinking what to do next and you’re considering doing a Master. Let me tell you why you should wait.

These days, we live in a very competitive world where getting the job you want, can be difficult. There are lots of people applying and they all have a degree and certain qualifications. So how can you differentiate yourself from the crowd and actually get the position you want?

Do something that not everyone is doing. During your studies it can be hard to gain experience in the field which most people who are hiring demand. However, as soon as you finish your Bachelor, instead of going straight to your Master, you should take some time off and work.

You actually get a better understanding of your subject. When you’re studying, there is a lot of theory and you educate yourself but it can be difficult to imagine how to actually apply this knowledge. Once you do an internship and you get to see all of it in practice, as soon as you begin your Master studies again, you will comprehend the theory much better because you will be able to visualize it.

Once you start your job, you are not as flexible anymore as you were as a student. You should really take this time to also go abroad and travel, to see the world while you’re still young.

With AIESEC, you get to do all that. You can go on a Global Talent internship. You get to go abroad, and work in a field of your choice, while gaining an understanding of international affairs and deepening your practical knowledge, which will undoubtedly be an incredible asset to your experience and will surely look very impressive to any person hiring you later in life.

You will also feel much more secure when you enter the professional world, if you have been part of it before. It will not seem new to you and you will get accustomed to your new position much easier and will succeed much more.

Doing an internship after finishing your Bachelor’s degree can catapult you forward and you will surely not regret it.

Make It Happen

We all have hopes, dreams and goals that we want to achieve. We live our lives hoping and wishing that someday in the future these objectives will be accomplished. But instead of hoping we should be acting. Unfortunately, in our world, nothing is handed to you for free. You have to put in work to get some results. And the harder you work the better the results will be.

It was Jimmy Johnson who said, “the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the little extra.”

Talents and potential enable you to achieve great things – but for most of us, these fail because of laziness or lack of perseverance.

Let me ask you a question. Do you think that right now you are doing everything you can, and working as hard as you can, to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Can you honestly say that in 5 years, when you look back, you will say “If I could go back, I would do everything the same”?

I wish I could say that.

There are many great opportunities that life hands us but oftentimes we reject them because we are scared or too stubborn. From the day we are born, there is a path set out for us. But it’s okay to stray from that path, to gain new experiences, and to gain skills that could end up showing us the truth about ourselves.

If your dreams are of a great career, then you should do whatever you can to achieve those dreams. AIESEC offers to aid you in finding a professional, long-term internship abroad, through our Global Talent Program. Travel to another country, gain professional skills and make it happen!


Activate your professional life.

Activate Yourself.

Find out more about Global Talent here!

P.S. Our Christmas Sale ends today, so remember: If you sign up for an internship, and you go on exchange before the end of February 2017, you will receive a 20% discount on our exchange fee!

P.P.S. Once again, AIESEC in Austria wants to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Activate your Leadership

AIESEC strives to develop leadership in young people. But what does that mean? What does it mean to be a leader? There are many definitions…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.” – Queen Elizabeth II

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie

Those are just some of many interpretations of leadership. That’s the thing: there is not one textbook definition. Leadership can mean engaging people to follow what you are doing, to inspire them to do things the way they think they’re right, to create a vision and make others see it etc.

Leadership is something you define for yourself. One thing that can be said is that having strong leadership skills can get you much further! AIESEC is centered around leadership. Both in our exchange programs as well as in our Membership program we are developing leadership by making young people solution oriented, helping them to empower others, guiding them towards self-awareness and assisting them towards becoming world citizens. Those are the 4 qualities that we believe make a great leader.

But it’s not just AIESEC that believes leadership is vital! According to NACE’s Job Outlook Survey, 80% of employers are looking for leadership experience on the resumes of potential employees.

One of our programs through which you can develop leadership is Global Talent – a long-term, professional internship experience.

Find more information about it here and activate your leadership. And don’t forget that we have our Christmas Sale until the 25th of December 2016 meaning if you apply until then and go abroad by the end of February, you get 20% off of our exchange fee.

If you never try, you’ll never know

Trying new things in life is scary. We love to say that we don’t have time, money or the possibilities to do something – but it’s all out of fear.

The thing we don’t realize is, that actually trying new things, putting yourself in a new environment and getting out of your comfort zone can be the most amazing experienceOne of the most popular things for us to do is to make excuses.

Don Wilder said, “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.”

Of course, some of us are lucky enough to have a life that is relatively okay – having enough money to survive, having friends and family that support you. But how do you know that there is not something else out there? Something more that you are missing out on because you’re afraid to take that one extra step and to take a risk.

If we look at successful people in history – they all had to take risks. Developing ideas that nobody else believed in or going to places they didn’t know. Without those risks, they wouldn’t have achieved anything. Looking at more recent history, would Bill Gates be as successful as he is now if he hadn’t dropped out of Harvard to found Microsoft? Would J.K. Rowling be as accomplished as she is now if she hadn’t believed in her stories, even after countless rejections from different publishers?

The answer is short and simple: NO.

Every successful person in history had to take a risk at some point – to stop making excuses and just jump into the cold water. Of course, you never know if it will pay off – but if you don’t try you will never know. In AIESEC we try to encourage that kind of thinking.

Our exchange programs give you great opportunities both for personal and for professional development. But it can be scary to go abroad to a new country and work there for a certain amount of time. However, instead of making excuses, just try it and we are sure you will have an amazing experience and you will activate yourself in the process.

With our Global Talent program you can go abroad for a longer period of time and work as an intern in a company.

Find out more about Global Talent here.

Go Further

Have you ever noticed the “Go Further” in the corner of each of our Facebook posts? Or on our website pages? Ever wondered what it means?

“If you aren’t moving forward, you’re falling behind”

In AIESEC in Austria, we want to encourage young people to go further. Further than their regular studies or jobs, further than where their comfort zones end, and indeed, to go further than the borders of their country. Only then, they can grow. We want to empower young people to develop their self-awareness, solution orientation, and world citizenship, and then, in turn, to go even further, and empower others to do the same.

AIESEC offers a platform for young people to do just this. Through each of our exchanges and team experiences, we give young people practical experience in challenging environments, and with this, the chance to explore their own potential and develop leadership qualities in themselves and others. And it all starts with the conscious choice to go further.

Be it through a volunteer experience, through a professional internship or through a startup experience abroad, challenge yourself to go further than the minimum, and to develop yourself a little every day.

You can start right now, with a Global Entrepreneur experience in a startup abroad!

Importance of continuous personal development

Many young people who are willing to do an internship abroad have a natural desire to learn. Sometimes it is not obligatory for them to do an internship, however they really want to do it because of many great benefits and also to develop themselves. Besides various advantages of an internship, this personal desire for continuous self development is also important for the working life of young people. But why is being eager to develop oneself so essential for a company?


People who seek for continuous personal development are a big factor of human capital for a company. They can be an inspiration for other employees and their aspirations and dreams can be cost saving, time saving and much more for a company.

Motivated people can fight obstacles much easier than people who aren’t. They are willing to learn from their mistakes, take the responsibility and the possibility to gain new experience. This is a characteristic which is very important for every employee of a company. In realizing your weaknesses, you can also fix them quicker.

Furthermore, self-confidence is another characteristic that usually comes with continuous personal development. Being confident is a significant attribute for employees which helps them to work independently and is also helpful for decision-making. Being self-confident increases the performance of employees and is supportive for achieving goals. Moreover, self-confident people can motivate others with their positive attitude and they are able to create an improved working climate. Further on, they are more relaxed when meeting new people and are not dependent on judgments of others.

Due to this various characteristics that come along with continuous personal development it is essential to have motivated people in your company. Young people are eager to learn continuously and are because of that and many other reasons a huge enrichment for your company.




There comes that time in a student’s life when he or she gets closer to the ‘real world’ – more responsibilities, more decisions, more burden. One of those burdens is linked to one’s vocation. In this respect deciding on an internship becomes a crucial step at the beginning of the career. Does the field of work fit? Will the time I spend help me in the future? – These struggles appear without doubts at some point. But during that particular time, AIESEC wants to help the youth spread its wings.

In order to support the future generations, AIESEC steps in with an exclusive project called Global Talent. From UK to China or Mexico, this internship program has been making the bond between companies and students from all over the world for a long time now and is always ready for more.

Such an experience assures not only professional development, but also, more important, personal development. While out of their comfort zone, people tend to realize more about the world and about themselves and what they really want in life.

Throughout our life the learning never stops. What is important, though, is that we learn the right things. Here are some of the interns’ thoughts about their experience throughout the program:


Magdalena Grasser


UK – Alpha Card Compact Media

“Considering my professional development it was a very important step in my career. I got valuable insights into working in a professional environment, working independently and into customer relationships. And it made me think about what I want to do in my future life.”


Bianca Bauer


Mexico – Bosch

Project Mobile Migration – IT department

“I definitely enhanced my Spanish, I learned that there is a big difference in the working culture, although it was the same company. I learned how project management is done in Mexico and how the meeting culture is different.”


“It was one of my best experiences of my life. Every young people should really make this experience and work abroad. You can learn so much, which can help you for your whole lifetime in your private as well as professional life.”

Birgit Hoheneder Dublin/Ireland

Hertz European Service Center – Call Center Agent

“As for me it was really difficult to find a suitable internship for my studies I decided to go with AIESEC as they supported and helped me from the first moment on. My expectations as whole were completely met, speaking of the whole experience.”office-594132_960_720

Rus Diana Elena

Xi´an – China, Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing – GRO (Guest relations officer)
“I was always interested in different cultures, to meet new people, to live in different countries and to see different places. These are the main reasons why I decided to take this internship.

I am completely satisfied with all the time spent in China. I enjoyed every day.”

“I would take part again and again and again at any other internship. No matter where it is.”


Taking an internship could be an important first step in anyone`s career. For that simple reason, taking an internship abroad makes this first important step even more significant. Shannon L. Alder once said “The only real conflict you will ever have in your life wont be with others, but with yourself.” First, you need to figure yourself out, and then everything will become easier. That is why AIESEC puts forward the program Global Talent.


Take the chance – get a grip on your compass and turn this first step into a solid foundation of your future.


Author: Ioana Voineag