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10Mar

When you go on an Erasmus exchange you expect to learn more about the profession in which you would like to work. This is true, but apart from hard skills, you will also acquire some valuable soft and life skills. In this article, we will show you what life skills you can gain during an Erasmus Internship that you probably did not know about. Many of them are very decent on the market and will definitely allow you to stand out from the crowd.

Life Skills

Problem solving

During your exchange, you are bound to encounter a few difficulties whether at work, in the office, or when meeting people. The language and cultural barrier can sometimes be very different from what you are used to, so you have to observe and try to adapt. The key to a successful exchange is to learn how to solve the problems you encounter. Try to talk to people, exchange insights, and don’t be afraid to ask. You are in a new environment in which you need to find yourself.

Independence

This is a very life skill that will allow you to enter adulthood better and become independent. For many, this is the first time they will be living alone. We wrote off more about moving abroad in this article. Also, in your job, you will have to show independence that you don’t need supervision all the time

Budget planning

This is another very important life skill you will learn when you go abroad. You have your own money, which you have to plan for rent, food, travel, and fun. This is not an easy task especially if you have limited funds for the month. Going on the Erasmus Internship is a great test of your ability to manage your monthly budget. Here you can read how to plan your budget when planning a trip to Turkey. When planning your budget, you may also find numbeo.com useful, where you can compare prices around the world.

Cooking

Oh well, here we go! I think most students don’t have this skill or were limited to making sandwiches. Going on an Erasmus Internship is a true test of adult life on your own. It involves cooking and being able to figure out what to do with the ingredients available at home. When you come to Turkey you have access to an almost unlimited amount of fresh fruits and vegetables to use in cooking. You can also find new spices and new cuisines and learn how to make local dishes. Check out these articles to learn more about the delicious dishes in Turkey and street food.

As you can see the list of things you can learn on an Erasmus Internship is very long and does not end with our four points. When you go on Erasmus you gain years of experience in just a few months. Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed by the new responsibilities. However, they are the ones that keep us growing and trying to be better versions of ourselves.

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