Whether it’s something you’ve known you wanted to do for a while, or something you never considered until now, taking a job abroad is an amazing experience. However, it’s also a challenging one.
So how do you decide whether or not to take that leap? Whether you’re from the U.S. or somewhere across the globe, here’s everything to know about applying for jobs abroad after graduation.
You Have To Fully Commit
This isn’t a choice that you can be halfway on. This choice involves you going out of your comfort zone and ingraining yourself into a completely different culture. You can’t be too worried about what you’re missing out on back in your home country. If you really want to get the full experience of working abroad, you’ll have to immerse yourself.
Read up on the country that you plan on applying to work in. Get a sense of what their customs and everyday life are like there. Some things that might be normal where you’re from could be considered rude or offensive where you’re planning on going.
You also need to plan on making friends with the locals and not just hang out with other people that are there to work from other countries. Being bilingual or multilingual is an amazing asset that’s going to help with your job opportunities well beyond this excursion. Bilingualism is linked to being more resistant to the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as bilingual people being better multitaskers.
It Involves Some Paperwork
Every country has a different process for how to apply to work in their country—and it’s usually different depending on what country you’re coming from as well. For instance, if you want to go work in the United States there are a variety of visas that you could get, depending on your qualifications.
Just because you know the process to travel or work in one country, doesn’t mean it’s going to be anywhere near the process of another. You definitely have to do your research—and do it early. Some processes could take a significantly long time to complete.
You’ll Broaden Your Network
Working abroad means you’ll gain global contacts in your industry. Whether you choose to stay abroad or end up going back home, you’ll now be able to market yourself as someone who has important contacts in your industry from all over. If you’re back in your home country, you also have the knowledge of how the industry works in another country, leading to expansion potential.
If you really wanted, you could start your own business that’s focused on connecting the markets of both countries, bringing them together. Your contacts in both areas can help get you started, giving you a head start on expanding your vision.
You Can Pick A Specific Company…
If you already have an idea of where you want to work—or already have a job there—a lot of companies have branches around the world. Certain companies are very willing to send employees to different locations, whether it’s a full transfer or a temporary arrangement. Look into the opportunities with various companies at home to see if that’s something they offer.
… Or You Can Wing It
If you’re feeling lucky, you can apply to live abroad and take a chance on finding a job once you’re already there. This definitely requires already having a decent amount of financial resources. You also have to be in a certain place in your career and it depends on where you want it to go.
This is also a great option if you want to volunteer abroad to get a feel for how you like it. And a lot of people are willing to hire you when you’re already in the country instead of trying to hire you while you’re abroad.
It Will Change Your Life
No matter what, working abroad is an experience unlike any other. It’s fulfilling and gives you a completely new worldview and outlook on life. It’s best to do it now, while you’re young, as it gets harder and harder to drop everything and leave as you get older. Take a chance to expand your horizons, make some memories and gain a new perspective in a different country.
Have you ever lived and worked abroad? What was your experience like?