5 Good Reasons to Work Overseas

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If your next year or more is pretty flexible, you might want to consider a job overseas. Finding an obtaining a job abroad will take some extra work, but teaching English in another country is one way to do it; you also might be able to find a job abroad just by doing research, or by searching for openings within your company. Many people are unable to work overseas because they have family obligations or other things that tie them to the United States, so although finding a job abroad can be difficult, being flexible and considering a job overseas might actually benefit your career. There are many benefits to working overseas, including the opportunity to advance quicker in your career, to experience a different culture, and even learn a new language. Here are five reasons to consider a job overseas.

1. It might help your career

While the idea of working abroad is exciting for many people, most of us just can’t move across the world to work in a different country. This means that if your company needs someone to go work in a different country, they may have limited options. If you are willing to move, especially if you can do it quickly, your career might benefit. Being flexible is always a positive in the eyes of management, and being willing to work at an office in a completely different country, where you will probably know no one, shows you are dedicated to the company.

Even if you take a job abroad right out of college, completely separate from a specific employer’s request, it might help you get a job when you return. Working abroad shows that you are adventurous and willing to try new things.

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2. You might make more money, or save more money

Some big cities where many companies have second offices are notoriously expensive, but not all of them are. Especially if you are able to keep your current salary, or even negotiate a salary increase in return for going to work for your company in a different country, you might make and save more money. You also might find that just working in a different country will save you money if the cost of living is less. You can see a list of the cost of living for various countries here: you can search by rent, groceries, and other factors.

Some teaching abroad jobs don’t pay very much because you are getting an incredible experience. However, if you can find a way to teach or work in affordable country, you can save money.

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3. You might be better appreciated

While finding a job abroad can be difficult if you have very in-demand skills, you might find that you can actually get a better job abroad. Some skills or specific job training are very in demand in particular countries. Just because you have a difficult time finding a job in America (possibly because of all the competition), that doesn’t mean the same will be true of other countries. According to the BBC, some of the most in-demand jobs overseas include doctors, nurses, chefs, mechanical engineers, accountants, and more. Not only might you find a better job abroad, but the experience that you will gain may help you compete in the job market back home once you return.

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Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

4. You will experience a new culture

Of course money is important, but most people decide to travel abroad partly because they want to experience what life is like somewhere else. Your time abroad will allow you to interact with people from a completely different part of the world and to learn about a different culture. Some areas of the world are much more relaxed than the U.S., and that can be a welcome break for many people working overseas. Other countries have other benefits, like the interesting traditions and events. Still other countries have beauties that are barely imaginable, and can’t be captured in a picture. No matter where you decide to go, you will enjoy new food, new people, and many new experiences. You also might learn a new language or improve your skill if you already know a second language, which can also help you in future jobs.

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5. You might never get the chance again

If you just graduated college, now is the time to teach or work abroad. Once you work in your career for a while, it will become harder to pack up and leave, unless you are one of the few people who obtain a job abroad through their company. If you have to leave your company in order to take a job abroad later, you risk not being invited back despite the fact that many people who work abroad become more desirable (but who knows if your company will have any openings.) You also will find that as you age, you have more responsibilities, which can make going abroad more difficult.

On the other hand, if you have already worked full-time for a while and you have the opportunity to go overseas, you should do it — particularly if your company is encouraging you. These opportunities don’t usually come around very often. There are so many advantages to working abroad that if you can do it, you should.

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