Ever considered moving abroad to fulfil your career ambitions? If not, perhaps you should. There is a whole world of opportunities out there and it could turn out to be the best decision you ever make. Here are a few reasons why.
It’s the ultimate in independence
If you want to prove your worth, forget about the cushty city job your uncle sorted out for you. Pack your bags, jump on a plane, and build your career yourself. When you live abroad, it’s a genuine test of your mettle. It’s about success because of who you are – not who you know. And, when you retire, you can look back and know that you have achieved everything off your own back and on your terms.
It’s good for the brain
The human brain demands new challenges, or it starts to get stale. And, nothing is more visceral than the experience of living in a new culture and speaking a new language. It’s going to be tough, make no mistake. But, every time you face a challenge and overcome it, you are learning new skills and boosting your brainpower. All those new skills will be great for your CV, too. So, if you decide to come back in a few years, it’s all going to look fantastic to potential employers.
It’s great for the bank balance
Depending on the country you work in, you can clean up with regards to money. Pay in foreign countries can be lucrative – especially if you live somewhere with a low cost of living. Choose a country where you pay no tax, and your finances can look even rosier. There will be extra costs to consider – your children’s education, for example. But, overall, you will find that you could be quids in a lot quicker than you can by remaining in the UK. Perhaps that incredible bachelor pad won’t be a dream forever?
Communications have never been better
Worried that you are going to miss your folks at home? Well, there’s no getting around it – it’s going to be tough and you will be homesick at times. But, it’s never been easier to keep in touch with family and friends. You can use Skype or FaceTime for video calls, for example. You can also use movie making services like Videogram, to keep the relatives up to date with regular video greetings cards. Of course, you might miss the human interaction with your folks. But, today, it’s a lot easier for workers abroad than it was even a decade ago.
Improve your prospects
The job market here is competitive, to say the least. Often, a broad range of candidates will go for the same job, and all of them have the same skillsets. Whether they get, the job will be an arbitrary decision in many cases. But, what if you take that skillset elsewhere; somewhere there is less competition? It erases a lot of the barriers to your progression and sets you up nicely to achieve everything you can.
So – how about it? Think you could live and work abroad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below – and feel free to leave any tips if you have experience.