There’s no denying that the prospect of living abroad while developing your career is exciting and full of rewards. You will find personal, financial and career-related advantages that will stay with you for a lifetime. Let’s take a look at each of these advantages…
Moving to anywhere in Australasia or Asia is a thrilling experience that opens you up to new cultures, activities, and some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
If you are a professional looking to enhance your lifestyle, relocating can increase your curiosity and provide great satisfaction. Although you might not be enjoying a nice cocktail in Tokyo or cruising off the coast of Australia every day, you will certainly get the sense that the air is crisper, and the drinks taste better when you do!
Making such a dramatic change does wonders for your confidence, and in turn, your self-development. Experiencing multiple cultures opens your mind to diversity and makes you a better communicator. While your personal development is transforming, so is your professional self. Nobody regrets taking their career abroad.
It’s highly likely that you will be able to take advantage of higher salaries which will allow you to save for the future. Many have been able to earn more when going back to the UK once they have added international experience to their CV.
More prospects for your future career
Working abroad provides the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and this is an inspiring experience. As your self-motivation increases, you will feel driven to improve your career and this will put you ahead of others.
While you aren’t so close to home, you have to become more self-sufficient. No more popping over to mum’s to get a shirt ironed or pick up a Tupper of leftovers for your dinner. You learn how to handle pressure while learning new skills that will directly impact your career. You are improving yourself in so many areas.
Gaining a competitive edge
In a competitive job market, employers are always going to choose a candidate who has more worldly experience and a greater range of skills. If you have international experience, it shows future employers that you are able to adapt to different work locations and situations. Plus, you have proven you can work under pressure.
Networking is a key way to gain business contacts and you will probably have built a solid network of contacts at home. Working abroad allows you to make new contacts and this is appealing to potential employers. You know how awesome it is to be the person “who knows somebody that can…”
Don’t let others overtake you
Studies published in the Harvard Business Review show that those who have worked overseas are better and problem-solving and more creative.
The benefits keep coming, as international experience shows that you get promoted faster, especially if you work in finance.
The reason for this is that you tie abroad has exposed you to higher level and more complex issues earlier on in your career. Those without this valuable experience may discover that they are held back in their careers.
Only you can make the decision to take your career abroad, but as you can see, it’s worth some serious consideration.