While looking for a job abroad is often appealing to young individuals seeking a new opportunity away from home, it is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. With no ties in the way of children to look after or a hefty mortgage to pay off in the thousands, there’s no better time to consider working abroad. However, living abroad can be nerve-wracking enough on its own, let alone working in your desired country too, and having to adapt to a new way of life and maybe even a new language. But we know that the temptation to pack your belongings, EHIC card and arrange a one-way flight is all too tempting when the going gets tough, and even more so if you don’t have a career to worry about! So here’s a few reasons why you should consider working abroad before starting your career.
If you are lucky enough to have secured your dream job role abroad, whether in marketing, IT, recruitment or something else entirely, you might think you’d be crazy not to take it. After all, having achieved countless qualifications to get where you are today, why wouldn’t you? However, while some people are more than happy to pack their bags and jump at the chance of working abroad, others are more reserved with their decision. After all, when you start your career, especially one that involves moving, you’ll find yourself relying on your income. In no time at all, you will be obligated to pay ‘adult’ fees including those associated with buying a car, renting or buying a house, a gym membership, potentially health insurance and even the dreaded taxes that many of us forget about – and the list goes on. Can you really afford to live and work abroad? Trust us, assessing your financial situation and budgeting to meet it could do you a world of good.
Changing Your Mind
One of the top reasons you should consider working abroad before starting your career is because you still have the time to change your mind if things don’t work out the way you had planned. Considering working abroad before starting your career provides the opportunity to decide what you want to do in life. While it is still possible to work abroad after starting your career in the industry of your choice, your career prospects are likely to be much clearer than having graduated from university, so the idea of leaving it all behind might be a little more than stomach-churning.
There’s no doubt that spending a prolonged period of time abroad massively increases your cultural awareness. While you have the chance, we thoroughly recommend working abroad before you immerse yourself in the standard way of life, not knowing any different. Abroad, you get the opportunity to learn how culture affects businesses across the world, and the hidden gems of countries missed by those who work in an enclosed office.
Boost Your Career
One of the main benefits of working abroad before starting your career is that it can boost your prospects and employability. International experience is invaluable to several employers to give them an edge in the marketplace. After all, how many of us pluck up the courage to work abroad at such a young age? Not many. Working abroad goes in hand with new responsibilities, skills and experiences that leading employers seek in a good candidate (and potential employee) no matter what kind of work you choose to uptake. Surprisingly, these days employers value overseas work experience among graduates more than the university they attended, or even the grades they achieved!