3 Big Benefits of Working Overseas
With difficult economic conditions and high levels of unemployment plaguing many nations, an increasing number of people are choosing to up-sticks and try their luck living and working overseas.
The thought of packing up the life you know and facing the challenges which invariably accompany living in a foreign country can be daunting, and there are often significant obstacles to overcome before such a move is possible, but in the long-term the rewards can outweigh the difficulties.
These are 3 of the main benefits of taking the plunge and working overseas. If you can think of any others please let us know on Facebook and Twitter!
Getting to Enjoy a Whole New Culture and Lifestyle
Not many people are fortunate enough to be able to immerse themselves in a different culture for more than a two-week holiday.
But if you’re lucky enough to secure work overseas you’ll have the chance to really get to know your host country and its people, absorb cultural differences and experience a lifestyle that may not have been available to you at home.
Being an expat truly can be a life changing experience, but you have to be prepared to throw yourself in at the deep end and embrace every opportunity.
A Chance to Expand your Skills and Experience
Working in a foreign environment presents many challenges, such as overcoming language barriers, having to acclimatise to a different business environment and adjusting to an altered work/life balance.
However, if you approach your overseas employment with the right attitude you can come away from it with far more than a paycheque.
A range of skills and attributes, from being able to adjust to different business cultures to learning new languages, can be picked up by any expat willing to push themselves.
In order to make the most of your overseas employment opportunity thoroughly research the nation you’re moving to before you go so that you have an idea of what to expect.
It will also stand you in good stead to learn at least the basics of the language spoken in your nation. Even if English is commonly used, you’ll gain the respect of your colleagues and clients for making an effort.
Improve Your Future Prospects
Some expats find that in order to find a position overseas they have to take a lower role than the one they held in their home country.
This can seem a little demoralising, but don’t let it put you off. Odds are that if you perform well you’ll be able to work your way up, and even if you can’t, being able to prove you have intercultural competence will make you a more valuable asset and improve your employment opportunities back home. Research conducted by the Harvard Business Review has also shown that people with international experience are better problem solvers and display a greater degree of creativity.
Furthermore, as one industry expert observed: ‘Working abroad often gets you great exposure to higher level, more complex issues sooner in your career.’
Depending on your personal circumstances, the nation you’re moving to and the type of work you do, you may also find that you’re financially better off overseas and able to save money to make life easier when you move home.
These are our three big benefits to working overseas, if you’ve got any more you’d like to share please get in touch on Facebook and Twitter or leave a comment in our forum!