Working internationally might seem like a lot of effort, but in actuality, it’s no different from working domestically. The only stressful part of working abroad is the traveling component, but unless your job involves going to several countries a week (or month), then traveling to other countries after you arrive in the one that you are working in is very rare.
A lot of people turn down opportunities to work abroad because they are concerned that they won’t be able to manage it. This post will explain what the benefits are of working abroad:
Working in another country is a great way to get residency there. First, you will have to apply for temporary residency and a work permit. Once you have acquired this and been in the nation for a while, then you can likely apply for full citizenship. Lots of places offer schemes where an employment visa can lead to citizenship. For example, Hong Kong employment visas can be upgraded to citizenship after a number of years. In most countries, if you intend on applying for residency then you will need to contribute to the nation, usually in the way of investment or working in the educational sector. You should bear in mind that in some countries a requirement of residency is to relinquish and denounce your former passport.
What’s more fun than exploring the world? Even if you are only going to be working in one other country and won’t be crossing international borders on a regular basis, if you have never been to that country before then it will be an adventure. Life is all about adventures. You won’t be working every minute of the day, so in your off time, you will be able to go out and explore the nation. Most companies that hire people internationally also provide accommodation which is usually shared by other foreign workers, which gives you an opportunity to form friendships and explore with other international workers.
You won’t just have the opportunity to make friends working abroad, you will also be given the opportunity to network with other professionals. Networking abroad can open up a lot of doors for you, which will be explored in the next section. Networking is absolutely essential if you want to have a long career in your chosen industry. You should remember that in some nations, networking has specific rules. For example, in Japan, you are expected to exchange cards with somebody when you meet them for the first time in a professional setting. In China, you go out drinking with people first.
When you are working abroad and networking with people, more doors will open up for you. You might go abroad to work one specific job but end up working another. If you are going to change jobs midway through a position, you might have to notify the relevant immigration authorities. Sometimes one’s work permit becomes invalid after leaving a job. It is quite easy to get a work permit reinstated in these instances, though it is important to act fast and to communicate. You could be asked to leave the country temporarily if you don’t submit new documentation immediately.
Different nations have different curricula. If you are interested in continuing your education abroad and learning new things, then you could consider taking night or college classes in combination with your job. If you want to go abroad just to study, then you will need to apply for a student visa, not an employment one. Most student visas allow people to work part-time jobs while they are studying. If you have any particular skills, then you could get a second job teaching, also. Teaching is a very popular profession for westerners working abroad because many people want to learn English internationally.
Lastly, working abroad gives you the opportunity to learn a new language. You likely will need to have a basic understanding of the language in the country that you are working in before travelling there, though. Arriving in a foreign country with absolutely no knowledge of their language is a very bad idea. It can also make you look bad professionally. The company that you are working for will probably expect you to be able to speak the nation’s language, simply by virtue of you applying for a position in that country. As long as you have a basic grasp of it, you can learn more after you arrive.
Working abroad can be a lot of fun. If it’s something that you’re interested in, then it’s a good idea to start young. The younger that you start working internationally, the more quickly that you will acclimate to it.