After the Au Pair stay

After you return from the USA, there will be a lot you have to deal with. You have to process the experiences of the last few months and have to adapt to a different way of life again. Moreover, you should think about your future plans. Maybe you would like to go to university or do an apprenticeship. If you have already completed your studies or training you might have to think about in which area you would like to work. No matter what your life situation is at the moment: Take your time and don’t make any hasty decisions.

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During one year in America, the lives of your family and friends went on. Not only did you have new experiences and meet new people. Many returnees also find that their time abroad has crystallised who really belongs to their friends and who is perhaps simply an acquaintance. Everyone has gone their own way and has certainly changed. That is good! Change is part of life and should motivate you to take on new tasks and adventures.

University, Apprenticeship or Job?

You’ve spent at least a year abroad, you’ve gone to college and gained new language skills. Your Au Pair stay is now a great addition to your CV. You should definitely take advantage of this. Your strengths include being independent and not being afraid of new challenges. You got to know a new culture and thus also gained a better knowledge of human nature. These qualities will come in handy when you apply for an apprenticeship or a job. Recognise your strengths and use them in a targeted way. They are also an advantage for your studies. Sometimes you have to write a letter of motivation to apply for a Bachelor or Master degree and you can use them perfectly.

In addition, you’ve also enhanced your language skills. You speak probably have a good English level after a year in the US. If you now take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), you’re sure to do very well and meet the requirements for various studies.

The year in the USA really gave you a big career boost and will be beneficial for your personal life as well as your career.


Now the travel bug got you. It’s quite possible that you come back home and can hardly stand it here and would like to go travelling again straight away. That’s perfectly normal and there are many opportunities to go abroad again. You could study a semester abroad or find an internship in another country. Just remember, where there is a will, there is a way.

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