Moving abroad, whether short or long term, can help you gain valuable experience and turn you into a well-rounded professional. Leaving your country is not an easy decision, but now more than ever we have all the sources to make this move successful and self-enriching. The business environment today is more international than ever. Competition is global, so companies are increasingly looking to hire employees who can thrive in an unfamiliar environment.
Here are the top 5 things that will boost your career, after you get international experience:
1. You will step out of your comfort zone
Stepping out of your comfort zone means doing things that you don’t feel comfortable with doing. If you are agreeing to travel in general, then you are already agreeing to step out of your comfort zone. You are willing and eager to explore new territories, meet new people, try new foods, and immerse yourself in a new culture. Moving abroad for a job is a huge test of character. You will acquire the ability to take the initiative and work independently. Overcoming the obstacles that come with working overseas will boost your confidence and prepare you to face future challenges in your career.
2. You will get more adaptable
You will learn how to be adaptable in every sense of this word. From searching for a new flat to preparing for an interview you will have to adapt to the new environment. The work culture is something to have in mind when moving abroad. Each country has a different set of values, mannerisms, and customs in the workplace — and when you start working somewhere new, you’ll have to adapt fast. For example in South Europe is normal to take longer brakes during the day and stay until 7pm, while in countries like Germany and Ireland people a use to leave the office around 5pm. Having international working experience will help you realize that, instead of spending time and effort trying to change the (working) culture of your host country is better to adapt to it.
3. You will improve your language skills
Being able to communicate in different language is a very competitive ability now at days. And is proved that the best way to learn a language is to go to a foreign country. There are numerous personal and professional benefits of being bilingual. For one thing, people who speak more than one language tend to get paid more. For another, when you go back to your country you will be very valuable for companies that want to enter new markets. The only thing you have to avoid is hanging out only with expats and people from your country. Insist on speaking the native language even when people speak to you in English, and don't give up.
4. Build your Network
Building a professional network will help you at every step of your career and this is why you should actively seek to make professional contacts. Working abroad can help you extend your network to people all over the world, which can be a valuable step to getting the job you want should you ever want to return home. Another advantage of having a network of personal connections with people from all around the globe is that you are welcome to visit them at any time.
5. Hard work vs. Luck
Finding a job and sorting out all the moving stuff and paperwork requires hard work, persistence, and tremendous dedication. Making things work will not be easy, it will take time and effort. Learning that having luck is not something you should lead on when it comes to your job is something that will boost your career. Living and working abroad shapes your personality a lot. You become more mature, independent and open-minded. You quickly adopt new rules, social cues and cultural norms. So if you ever get the chance to live or work abroad, grab it!
Writen by Artemis Spiridou