Advantages of Working Abroad
The following is a guest post by Sara Masterson, a tech fanatic and avid traveler.
Finding a job right now can sometimes be difficult. You don't have enough experience for certain jobs, yet no one is hiring you so you can get the experience you need. This is something that a lot of people face in their job hunt. However, one option that some people don't think about is working overseas. Besides getting to travel, live, and work in a different country, there are many other reasons why working overseas is the perfect option for you.
One advantage is that many of the jobs that you can get abroad give you a chance to build your skills. Jobs abroad can be just as challenging as jobs back home would be. It also would give you a chance to learn how to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and become successful in your industry. Employers back in the States will still consider positions that you held abroad as viable work experience. It also shows employers that you are able to adapt and work in a diverse environment. Many companies here in the U.S. are expanding their markets to work with or in foreign countries, so someone who has already worked in a similar environment is very appealing.
Another reason why working abroad is a great option is you get to experience a different culture. When you accept a job overseas you are fully immersed into that culture and lifestyle. You get to experience new foods, new languages, and meet new people. For most people who like to travel, it's not just sightseeing that makes it fun, but also getting to experience something new and meet new people. If the country you are working in doesn't speak English, you have the opportunity to learn and become fluent in a different language. Most people who are learning a different language find that when they fully immerse themselves into that culture it is easier to learn.
Since most of Europe is geographically smaller that the United States, it is very easy for you to travel to different cities and countries at a moment's notice. Depending on where you are, you can easily hop on a train for a nice day trip to a new city, or even spend your weekend exploring a new country. In order to travel, of course, you need money. Working abroad gives you the chance to not only travel, but to pay for all of your adventures.
Exchange rates can also be a major plus to working abroad. When you first move to a new country for your new job, the U.S. dollars that you have may not be worth as much as the country's currency that you moved to. However, if the company you are working for pays you in the country's currency, then you could actually have more money when you move back to the states. Before you move, make sure you check out the different exchange rates. To help keep track of your money and the different currency exchange rates you can use some accounting software programs, or even a simple excel spreadsheet. This will help you stay onto of your finances so you can travel on the weekends. Of course, depending on the country you are hired to work in, this can also be a disadvantage.
You get to meet new people and make new lasting friendships. When you travel, it is easy to keep to yourself and stay in your own little world, but when you work abroad and have to interact with different people on a daily basis. These connections that you make in your new job can be life changing, and while it makes moving back to the states so much harder, you will always have the friendship and experiences you had.
While the job experience you get is important, your other experiences overseas will be something you will remember your entire life. Overseas there are so many new things to try, places to see, things to learn, and people to meet. These experiences, good and bad, are things that you will always cherish and will give you some great stories to tell your friends and family when and if you ever move back to the States.
There are many reasons why people choose to work abroad. Before you decide you are going to pack up and move, consider all of the advantages that are important to you, and any disadvantages. You should also do your research as to what paperwork you may need in order to work overseas. Most countries won't allow you to just come over and work even though you have a passport, you might also need a work visa or corporate sponsorship. Working abroad can give you interesting life and work experiences that will always be a part of you.