Now that you’ve graduated from college, you’re ready to start your career. But should you try to start that career in your native country, or abroad? There are many compelling reasons why you might want to work abroad. It can be a great way to see a new country, try out a variety of jobs , and even learn or practice a new language. Many recent college graduates choose working abroad as a way to start their working life.
Here are five reasons why you might want to choose this path.
1. You can earn money while traveling and seeing new places.
Traveling abroad isn’t cheap. Working abroad helps you to earn money. Put the two together, and working abroad becomes a great way to fund your international travels. While it’s a good idea to have some savings to start out on, if you decide to keep up your travel habits, working will help you to pay for these endeavors.
2. You can learn new skills.
When working abroad, you might get the chance to try out a myriad of new jobs that you’ve never tried and might not ever get a chance to do in your home country. While some of these jobs might not be within your “career” scope or even covered under your degree, learning a variety of new skills will look great on a resume when you are interviewed for a job within your field.
3. You can prove your independence.
Potential employers will view time that you spent working abroad as a way of asserting your independence. It takes a lot of courage to move to another country where you might not know anyone, start a job, find a new place to live and make a new life for yourself. Employers will look favorably upon this down the road.
4. You will get a chance to meet a new culture of people.
When you actually work in a foreign country, you will begin to see that country much differently than tourists do. The locals will treat you more as one of them, and you will see the country from their point of view. Connecting with the everyday people who live in that country is a great way to learn a new culture.
5. You might make lasting friendships.
Think about how many of your friendships have started at work. Traveling gives you a chance to meet others, but sometimes these relationships are brief. If you work in another country, however, you will get to know your coworkers more intimately and possibly develop lasting friendships with them that will continue even after you’ve returned home to your owncountry.