Working abroad is a big decision. It means being far away from friends and family, completely removing yourself from home comforts, and turning your day-to-day life upside down. But big changes mean big opportunities. As a working expat, little else will open so many doors, personally or professionally. Here are 10 great reasons to take a job overseas:
1. Improving your CV
Overseas work experience will help your CV stand out from the crowd. Companies will recognise the that you take initiative and are willing to step outside your comfort zone.
2. Learning another language
The best way to learn a foreign language is to live abroad, and doing so will open new doors in your personal and professional life.
3. Discovering another culture
Much like learning the language, the best way to understand another culture is to live in it. Each day will be a new opportunity to learn something about your host country.
4. New skills
Chances are your new employer has a different way of working than their UK equivalent. A new company culture means news skills to be learned, which in turn will open up more opportunities for your career.
5. A global perspective on your industry
Your host country will likely have a distinct way of working in your chosen industry; learn from their approach. When you return to the UK, your newfound international wisdom will help you stand out in the local job market.
Such a big change will give you a new lease on life, at work and at home. Channelling this enthusiasm into your work will lead to a happier, more rewarding experience.
Changing your environment helps you re-evaluate what’s important. What belongings, places, experiences or people will you miss, and what will you be glad to leave behind? Will you use your earnings to take trips back home, or take the opportunity to travel?
8. Personal growth
Similarly, navigating your host country’s culture, both in and outside work, will challenge your way of thinking. This new perspective on life will encouraging you to grow as a person.
9. New friends
Whether you connect with other expats or befriend the locals, working abroad provides ample opportunity to meet new people and establish lifelong friendships.
10. Travel opportunities
Working abroad means you can make like a tourist during your time off. You can stay local and explore the inner city landmarks, or journey to your host country’s far flung natural sites.