After graduating from college or university, you have a lot of options to consider as to what your next move will be. You can take a gap year to rest your mind from relentless studying, look into the work options or go back to school to pursue a graduate degree.
If you are considering your job options, one career advice that would definitely cause you to double take is relocation and work abroad. I’ve been there and done that. Working overseas truly opens up your mind and your eyes.
For many, relocating to another country for work is daunting considering the challenges that comes with living overseas. However, before you totally shove the idea of relocation to the bin, working abroad does have some benefits to your career that you may not have realised before.
Want to know what they are? Check the list below:
- It will help you become flexible and adaptable
When you are in a new country, they have a different set of rules, traditions and values when it comes to their workplace. Once you get hired, you need to adapt to these rules and fast to prevent any misunderstandings and mistakes along the way.
If you find this difference in work ethics difficult to deal with at first, adapting to it will help you understand your colleagues better and how you can reach out to them accordingly.
You will also learn how to become flexible in any type of job given to you, which will be a plus if you return back to your home country and find a job there.
- It will open high-level positions for you to apply to
No matter where you are in the globe, the job market is always competitive. You don’t just have to have the degree to get the job you want, you also need to know your field very well.
If you know what field you want to prosper into, it will be easier for you to find jobs overseas looking for employees specialising on the field.
There is also a higher chance that your dream job is waiting for you overseas, and if you want to move to the next stage, a high-level position for your chosen field may be waiting as well.
- It gives you a chance to learn a new language
Some companies overseas often look for employees who can speak two or more languages as part of their company strategy.
Bilingual employees can help the company expand to new areas and markets and they can also take charge in solving problems without having to hire other people just to translate for them. As a result, bilingual employees are paid more than the average employee.
Try learning new languages and practice it with native speakers or fellow foreign language learners. You can even insist on speaking the local language even with the locals even if they try responding to you in English.
I’m already bilingual so for me moving to Shanghai wasn’t to pick up a new language however, I have learned so much in their culture.
- It opens doors for worldwide contacts
Finally, working overseas will help you build relationships with people who work in the same career as you in an international level. Even if you go home, you can continue your relationship with these individuals and use the connection to help you bolster your career.
For instance, you can help your company improve their international contacts and even use your overseas experience to introduce a new business model. The possibilities are endless!
The contacts are very real. Even now, I still keep in touch with my ex-colleagues in Shanghai. They even helped me plan my recent trip to Beijing!
When you are considering your next step in life after college, do not fear career advice that would point you to relocation. Sure, it will be a challenge to get used to a new place and tackle the language barrier, but when you put your mind into it, everything will just click in place.
You will even forget that you were hesitant in the first place because the experience is more than you expected.
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