Hesitating To Explore Opportunities In A Foreign Country?
Mon, Feb 21, 2022
2 min read
Working abroad can be exciting but for some, a big decision to make. Imagine having to uproot your life and live abroad in a foreign land. Even though there are many risks of working abroad, the rewards could be even greater. Most graduates who choose to move to a foreign country to start their careers can propel their career forward in a shorter time.
If you need more convincing, here are some reasons that we have listed down to help you take the plunge.
1. Meet new people from all over the globe
Working abroad allows you to meet new people from all over the world with the same mindset as you; wanting the adventure to explore out of your comfort zone. Through this, you can widen your friendship circles internationally. Furthermore, you'll gain extensive knowledge and understanding of different cultures through working together or hanging out with each other. This will also help you expand your network not just on a personal level but professionally as well.
2. Broaden your mind
We get it, exploring a new environment and the thought of adjusting and settling down in a new country may make you feel excited and anxious, BUT that's the adventure of rediscovering yourself and pursuing this thing called independence, right? Your future self will thank you for taking this leap of faith and courage to step in to this exploration phase right now.
3. Develop cultural intelligence
When you are working in a foreign country, you will be meeting a group of people from different continents, and you would be able to learn more about their culture, background, and personalities. Some people may be of similar vibes as you and some a completely different spectrum. While there's no proper manual on how to make new friends, always remember to be courteous, kind, understanding, and friendly when meeting new people.
Truth be told, it will not always be a bed of roses when dealing with different personalities what more in a cross-cultured environment in the workplace. At times, you may or may not stumble upon tough personalities, but this is just part and parcel of entering the workforce. Take it as a character-building phase and eventually you will develop not only the confidence, but you would be able to fine-tune your soft skills in communicating effectively.
4. Looks good on your resume
Often, you would have read or heard on ways to make your resume stand out from the crowd. Having experience working in a foreign country will give you a competitive edge when applying for certain roles. Well, you may ask, how is that being evaluated? According to a group of employers that we have worked with, an individual with experience working and living abroad tends to be seen as more independent and capable of adapting to changes and rising to challenges.
Now with all these reasons, we hope it helps you to decide on whether to work abroad.
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