In this global economy, more of us are working for organizations that are international in scope. As trouble has hit the American economy, some of these companies are shutting down United States facilities and moving their workforce overseas. In addition, many multi-national organizations routinely offer the opportunity to move up the corporate ladder by switching offices. Therefore, whatever your nationality might be, you could be asked to move from your home to a completely new culture.
What you do in this case is entirely personal. However, there are some advantages about working in a foreign land worth mentioning.
1. In today’s global marketplace, any level of international experience you have is highly valuable. Even if you only work overseas or far from home for a year, it can be worth it for your resume.
2. Familiarity with another culture is beneficial to you both personally and professionally. The best way to learn about another land is to live there. Whatever type of job you have, the knowledge gained will open up doors in your ability to market yourself. In addition, it will open your mind to the larger world, which can make you a better employee and person in the process.
While weighing these benefits to the hassle of uprooting your life and family, there are some processes you should go through to determine whether this opportunity is worth it. One of the most important steps will be to research the country. Visit it with a fine eye. Look into the school systems and other social systems. Get an idea of how you would be living.
Also, consider the position and its worth to both the organization and your long-term goals. If you do decide to make the leap, make sure you get a firm contract with the company. You don’t want them to move you and then lay you off. Determine a time frame they must keep you employed, what moving costs they will pay, and what your severance would be if they do have to let you go.