Valuing the Year Abroad
Collecting Graduate Case Studies
Valuing the Year Abroad
3 benefits of using social media…
1. People who are not part of an email database can
still find out about and get involved in the
3. Social media users have an average of 100 fans or
followers: one Tweet or Facebook post can be seen
by a lot of people very quickly.
5. By plugging into social networks you can target
particular groups of people: Language Assistant
alumni, translators, graduate networks, etc.
The questions we asked graduates…
…and the answers they gave!
1. “Please give us a thumbnail sketch of your year abroad
(where you went, type of placement, duration), and tell us
what you got out of it, what your job was on graduation and
your subsequent career path. We're also interested to know
how else you have used the skills gained during your year
abroad, and how it has enhanced your life (not just in terms
2. “When you landed your first long-term job after
graduating, what role did your year abroad play in helping
you get the job?”
3. “In any subsequent job move, estimate the role played by
your year abroad in helping you to get the job.”
4. “In your career since graduation, have there been times
when the experience of residence abroad helped you
perform your job?”
5. “Is the year abroad a good investment?”
6. “Was your year abroad the most valuable part of your
Analysing the case studies…
“Flights: £500. Accommodation:
£2,000. Tuition fees: £1,500. Value
of the third year abroad: Priceless.”
Aimee, BA Hons Modern Languages, Nottingham Trent University, 2003. Studied in
France and Spain, now a Planner for a Construction Company.
For more information, and to read the
best case studies, please visit:
Introducing ThirdYearAbroad.com: the UK’s biggest network of students who work or study abroad during their degree, filled with articles written by previous students passing on everything they wish they’d known before they left, a Q&A Forum, country and city profiles, finance and accommodation advice, case studies, career support, language tips and jobs too!
We used our existing networks on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; UCML and the British Academy emailed all of their contacts, including universities who in turn contacted their Alumni; Erasmus and the British Council Language Assistants Programme contacted their Alumni too, and Interpreting for Europe and the European Commission Representation in the UK used their extensive social media presence to help promote the survey to year abroad graduates.
Twitter was our most successful platform for spreading the word about The Year Abroad Graduate Project. We used the hash tag #TYAGP to follow the campaign more efficiently.
My favourite quote!
The many and varied careers of graduates who went on their year abroad up to 20 years ago.
www.thirdyearabroad.com/graduates has 100 of the best case studies we collected, all categorised by type of placement, career, year of graduation, university and degree subject.