Considering working abroad? This is the choice that more and more candidates are making.
Whether professional, personal or financial, the benefits of expatriation are manifold.
Approach People Recruitment has created a list of the 10 most common reasons and benefits for applicants wanting to work abroad.
1. Learn a foreign language
By moving abroad, there is a good chance that you will land in a country speaking a language different from yours. The exchanges with your future colleagues and the friends that you will meet will contribute to your improvement of the local language. Consider it an opportunity to not only grow professionally but improve linguistic competence at the same time! A great skill to have.
You do want to ensure you have a good understanding of the language before going, this will help with your integration. You should have a level of the language where you can converse with colleagues as well as talk to people at local shops. A good knowledge of the language will help you avoid miscommunications and ensure you don’t have trouble meeting new people which could negatively impact your time abroad.
Being bilingual is also a major and sought-after asset for companies that you can highlight on your CV.
2. Develop your network
With international mobility becoming more common place, there are tons opportunities for you to travel outside the borders of your country to work. By doing this, you give yourself a chance to expand your professional network. The contacts you will make and the relationships you will build will allow you to expand this network globally which will benefit you throughout your career.
3. Discover a new culture
As you immerse yourself in this new country and culture, you will learn about different customs, behaviors, beliefs, etc., which will nurture your cultural intelligence (CQ). This form of intelligence is tangible proof of your curiosity, your openness and your ability to adapt. These skills called “soft skills” are highly sought after and becoming increasingly valued by recruiters, fond of adaptable and multitasking profiles. Another benefit for your career.
4. Improve your standard of living
Generally speaking, companies looking for a native speaker for their company will be ready to negotiate your salary and benefits to obtain this rare skill.
However, depending on the currency or the local economy, the net salary may not be as high as in your home country. You have then to consider the cost of living of the host country and very often candidates find themselves winners because they improve their purchasing power.
5. Develop new skills
Any new professional experience, in general, will allow you to learn or improve your soft or even your hard skills. Working abroad gives you the chance to learn new methods, like a new way to approach a problem, or cultivate existing skills, such as expanding your creativity within this new environment. Depending on the culture, a simple interaction with your colleagues, your customers, or your manager will be different from what you are used to and become learning experiences.
6. Improve your CV
Whether you decide to return or not, attesting to a successful experience in a foreign country will once again prove your ability to learn and adapt. Recruiters know that working abroad develops your language skills and requires tenacity because you have chosen to challenge yourself by choosing to live and work abroad.
7. Learn about yourself
If you thought you knew yourself well, wait until you have an expatriation experience. Confronting yourself with a different culture will take you out of your comfort zone and allow you to get to know yourself better such as your limits, your beliefs, etc. Everything will be shaken up and tested and you will then have to learn to adapt to situations you’ve never faced before.
8. Get paid to travel
Remember, you will also earn a living during this experience! This will give you the means to travel throughout your host country and even extend your trips to places close to your new home. This is a great opportunity to understand the new environment you now live in as well as expand your horizons and increase your general knowledge of the world.
9. Create a unique life
By leaving your home country, you will create opportunities and give yourself the chance to live a unique life. Each day will be an exciting adventure, learning to navigate and understand your new surroundings. You’ll discover new things such as food, style or ideals and learn about the history or culture of your new home. These day to day activities may seem small but they show your adaptability, flexibility and eagerness to learn within a new or different environment.
10. Become a stand out candidate
Last but not least, expatriating is betting on your difference. When you live in your country of origin, you don’t have the added value of your nationality. By expatriating, you will be different from the others and you will have this card to play. People will remember your name and face more easily because you will be different. You will stand out.
By expatriating you will also arouse the curiosity of your peers and sometimes even the admiration of having taken the plunge and of launching yourself into the unknown.
Also, if you return home after this experience you will become a stand out candidate among your peers. With your background working abroad you will bring back all those skills you have learned or cultivated, a profile recruiters will love.
So, are you ready to start a new adventure and work abroad? Start looking for your future international job now by taking a look at our positions here.