When it comes to your career, working abroad can be a great move. You may think that the experience is only beneficial for those looking to work in a different country, but this is not always the case. Employers are increasingly looking for individuals with life experience as well as qualifications. They know that if you have worked and lived in another country, you will be more cultured and open to diverse working environments. You will also be used to working under pressure and in fast paced environments. This makes you more desirable to potential employers and could give you the edge over other candidates.
Firstly, check out this video below on what life is like working abroad:
Here are 8 great reasons to choose working abroad and boost your career:
- Become more confident in your abilities.
- Gain real life experience.
- On the job training.
- Handle fast paces roles, working well under pressure.
- Get the opportunity to learn a new language.
- Become more cultured, working with a diverse team.
- Develop knowledge of how systems in different countries work compared to home.
- Expand your professional network and meet influential people.
Let’s expand on each of them…
You will become more confident in your abilities and able to use your initiative.
This is especially true if you are working in a customer-facing role. When you are dealing with customers from all over the world, you quickly learn to think on your feet and deal with difficult situations. This experience will stand you in good stead for any future roles you may apply for.
Gain real life experience.
Working abroad gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures and environments. This is invaluable real-life experience that you can draw on in your future career. It also shows employers that you are adaptable and able to cope with change. You will face challenges in your work, but you will also have the chance to learn new skills and grow as a person.
Your skills will develop with on the job training.
In many cases, you will receive on-the-job training in your role abroad. This can be anything from customer service training to learning how to use new software. This type of training is extremely beneficial as it gives you the chance to learn new skills while also gaining experience in the workplace. You will quickly develop new skills that you can’t learn in a classroom. For example, if you are working in a bar, you will learn how to make cocktails and deal with different types of customers. If you are working in a hotel, you will learn how to deal with different types of guests and handle any complaints. These are all skills that you can add to your CV.
Handle fast paces roles, working well under pressure.
If you are working in a fast-paced environment, you will quickly learn to handle pressure and work well under pressure. This is an extremely desirable skill for employers and one that will stand you in good stead for the future.
Get the opportunity to learn a new language.
One of the great things about working abroad is that you have the opportunity to learn a new language. This can be extremely beneficial for your career, as it will make you more attractive to potential employers. If you are looking to work in a particular country such as Spain or Greece, it is not essential that you learn the language as most people will speak a good amount of english, however, it is wise to learn some of the basics, including good manners! It shows employers that you are willing to learn new things and adapt to different environments.
Become more cultured, working with a diverse team.
When you work with a diverse team, you will quickly learn about different cultures and customs. This experience is invaluable as it will make you more understanding and open-minded. It also shows that you are adaptable and can work with people from all walks of life. Have a read of our post on the best resorts to work in Europe, to find out what they have to offer.
Develop knowledge of how systems in different countries work compared to home.
There are different laws and regulations in the UK compared to abroad, so you might be suprised that some ways of working are different. This can be anything from working hours (They love a siesta in Spain!), to more relaxed health and safety requirements. This is great experience to take to your next role.
Expand your professional network and meet influential people
When you work abroad, you will meet people from all over the world. This is a great opportunity to expand your professional network and meet new friends. You never know who you might meet while working abroad. You could end up meeting influential people or celebrities! If you want a career in tv, this could be your big break! Resorts such as Magaluf and Ibiza were the recruitment places for many of the big TV shows you know today like The Magaluf Weekender and Love Island.
So, there is 8 great reasons to work abroad at some point in your career! It’s a great way to gain experience, learn new skills and meet new people. What are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure today!
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