Why you should work abroad
If you’re considering spending the next summer working abroad, then what are you waiting for? Spending your summer overseas has numerous advantages, both personally and professionally. From gaining indispensable knowledge about a career path to making friends that you will keep in touch with for years to come.
Below you will find some more details on why this could be one of your best decisions.
Further your experience in your field
Sometimes it’s hard to find relevant roles in your hometown or city. One solution to advancing in your career and gaining expertise is by finding an opportunity abroad. You will find there might be a lot more demand for your skill set and qualifications in a different country.
For example, there is a big demand for English teachers in many countries. Teachers and native English speakers find that teaching abroad can an interesting and rewarding experience. Make the most of your time abroad by attending seminars and meetings related to your position. This is the ideal opportunity to go home with more useful knowledge about your field.
Make more money working abroad
Spending the summer working overseas can be financially beneficial, which is something that most people don’t realise. The general assumption is that you’ll spend a fortune in flights and rent so that you’ll only break even by the end of the summer. This is pretty far from the truth; of course, it depends on what your salary is and what your outgoings are.
If you’re earning the minimum wage whilst spending three months in Sydney then, of course, you may not walk away with a healthy bank account.
On the other hand, if you find work in a location where the cost of living is affordable and your earnings are good, then you can easily walk away with more money then when you arrived.
Immerse yourself in a new culture
When living abroad discovering the region becomes a must! In order to travel around in a cheaper way, search for group trips, use Travelodge discounts and find cool experiences at a better price, ask the locals for free outdoor activities – get into the adventure!
Make plans to explore your surroundings on your days off. This can become expensive if you are taking trips every weekend, so try to make the most of any promotions.
Travelling the country that your working in is a great way to learn about the culture, traditions and history of the country. Try the local food, which is usually an experience in itself. Feel the local hospitality and visit historical or important sites to gain a deeper understanding of the place.
Travelling can open your mind; however, living abroad can really help you see things from a different perspective.
Network and meet potential contacts
One of the major gains when working abroad is to expand your professional and personal network. Sign up for events so you can meet new people in your field and gain a perspective of how business is done in the country. You never know which new friend you might see again in the future or which colleague might be a useful professional contact.
Actually, making new contacts is a great way to ensure that you have the chance to come back to the country to work again, or even just return for a holiday.
You’ll also find that being an expat can open doors for you, as people are more susceptible to helping you and talking to you. You will be the interesting foreigner to them!
Boost your resume
Working abroad will give a boost to your resume so that you can return home with an edge over your peers. Employers often look for varied experience or something that makes you stand out from your competition. Working in another country is the perfect opportunity to prove your dedication, ambition and tenacity.
Employers know that working and living abroad is not something that easily achieved. They will appreciate the confidence it takes to spend the summer in an unknown country, working in an unfamiliar environment. Make sure you get a reference from your foreign employer too, as this will reflect well on your resume.
Working abroad will give you the chance to create memories that will last a lifetime and meet people that will become good friends. Who knows, you might find yourself returning for years to come.