The Intern Group Blog: 6 Reasons Why You Have To Do an Internship in London in your 20s

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BUNAC's Intern in Britain Placement Partner, the Intern Group, are experts in sending young motivated people to intern abroad in London to enhance their careers. Check out their great reasons why interning abroad is an absolute must to do when you're in your 20s. 

Interning in London provides you with the perfect combination of personal and professional real-world experience. It allows you to boost your resume while also exploring a brand new culture and country. The experience will change your perspective and the invaluable skills you gain will stay with you for the rest of your life. Here are six reasons why you have to take the leap and go overseas to intern in London in your 20s. 

  1. To push yourself out of your comfort zone. Employers want to have the best of the best working for them. They want brave professionals who aren't afraid to take risks. Going to London, one of the most competitive cities in the world, and trying out a completely foreign professional experience is a character-building experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. Those guts will garner you respect next time you're in an interview. 
  2. To make your resume shine. Your resume is your first professional impression. It needs to be the absolute best version of you. Often, it is the only thing deciding whether or not you get called in for an interview. What does an internship in London say about you? It says you're committed to your career, but also adventurous and willing to try new things. Not every candidate can say that they have spent a prolonged period of time in one of the world's most important business centers learning from leading professionals. 
  3. To try out your career field. It's O.K if you're still not sure what you want to be when you grow up. Many professionals still aren't entirely sure in the middle of their careers, so don't fret. You've got time. That said, doing an internship in London is a great way to a get a few steps closer to figuring it out early in your career. Test drive an industry you're interested in while exploring what's on offer in London: a world of culture, centuries of history and a veritable buffet of cuisines. 
  4. To grow your global network. It's not what you know, it's who you know. London is a melting pot for expats from the world over. An internship abroad in England's capital provides endless opportunities to meet fellow international interns and professionals from every corner of the globe. You never know which of your London contacts will be the one to introduce you to your next employer or offer you a couch to sleep on next time you're traveling Europe!
  5. To leave everything behind and do your thing. Thus far, it's likely that your life has been somewhat laid out for you. That's not to say you haven't had to do anything - not at all! Rather that many of your decisions have been influenced heavily by those around you. Often university or high school can be a kind of echo chamber. Your loved ones likely have certain expectations of you and what they hope you'll do and where you'll live. Veering off the path and doing your own thing can be extremely liberating. In London you can do exactly what makes you happy, when you want without the expectations and judgements of others.
  6. To have an adventure while you can. In most cases, twenty-somethings generally have less responsibility than older generations. Interning in London gives you the chance to try new things and spend time developing different interests and passions while you're young. With budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet, you're a cheap flight away from any European destination you can think of. While you're young and relatively responsibility-free, it's the perfect time to have an adventure in London as you'll also be growing professionally at the same time - the best of both worlds. 

The Intern Group provides international internships across the globe for outstanding candidates from all over the world. To find out more about how you can get involved with their internship programs, visit our Intern in Britain Placement Partner page. If there's one thing you should do in your 20s, this is it!