Perhaps you have found a job in a foreign country. Maybe you are thinking of expanding your horizons and looking for a job abroad. Possibly you want to experience life in a country other than your own. It could be that you just want some adventure in your life.
Whatever your reasons are for moving abroad: go for it!
No matter what your destination is, living and working abroad will help you in ways you cannot even imagine. Not only will it help you grow as a person and give you a competitive edge in the market, it will build up your CV and make you more appealing to future employers. Here’s how:
When you work abroad, you learn to live and work in new cultures and deal with people who may think and react differently in a given situation. More often than not, you will be thrown into a multi-cultural environment in your work place and interact with people from diverse backgrounds. These experiences will help you acquire new approaches to the way you work and make you more self-confident and flexible, giving you and your CV that competitive edge that every employer is looking for.
When you work abroad, you learn new skills, experience new cultures, learn new languages, meet new people and learn how to live around them and work with them as a team. This not only increases your professional qualifications and makes you a well-rounded individual who is flexible and quick to adapt, your international experience will stand out in your CV, ultimately, helping to advance your career.
When working abroad, you have to make changes to your lifestyle and the way you work. You have to learn to adapt quickly; the quicker you adapt to your surroundings, the easier it will be to blend in and establish yourself. Working abroad provides you with a learning experience that is both unique and substantial.
When you find yourself emerged in a new societal culture as well as a new corporate culture, you will double your learning. You will have the opportunity to observe the unique chain of
command, dynamics of team meetings and even lunchtime rituals. Your intercultural competence will grow if you are open to the experiences observations and stories that unfold. If you do eventually move back to your home country, this flexibility and adaptability will reflect in your CV and attract prospective employers.
When you work abroad, it’s important that you understand the cultural and social norms of your adopted country. This will improve your interpersonal communication skills, so it will be easy for you to understand others and also make others understand your viewpoint. Subsequently, it will also make you more culturally aware and sensitive to others. If they speak a language that’s different to your own, you will probably have to learn it so you can communicate efficiently and effectively with those around you whether on the streets or in the office. Good communication skills are a valuable asset that every employee is on the lookout for. When your CV reflects the diverse communication skills you learned during your international work experience, future employees are bound to be interested.
When you work abroad, you not only hone the skills you have, you are bound to learn new ones. These enhanced professional skills will provide you with leadership and problem solving abilities that will set you apart from others and make you more resourceful. This resourcefulness coupled with your international working experience will enable you to leave your comfort zone and embark on new adventures with ease. Future employers will surely appreciate your resourcefulness and move your CV to the top of the pile.
When you work abroad in a country where English is not the first language, you can learn a new one. This will help you fully integrate yourself in the workplace and communicate effectively with everyone around you. Learning a new language is always a valuable asset and will stand out in your CV like a bright ray of sunlight.
When you live and work abroad, you are exposed to people from different walks of life and cultures. This exposure enriches your life, provides you the opportunity to cultivate relationships with these people and helps you grow both personally and professionally. Whenever you move back home, prospective employers are bound to take one look at your CV, your international work experience and the network you have built; and look at you from a whole new perspective. There are good chances you will be hired because they can use your network and contacts to increase their business.
There’s a lot of competition out there. Everyone is vying to be number one, everyone wants to be the best in the industries they work in. That’s why employers are always on the lookout for professional, well-rounded individuals to join their teams. Gaining international work experience will make you grow as an individual as well as a team player. It will get you out of your comfort zone and ready to face any challenges that come your way.
Working abroad will open up new doors for you and improve your future career prospects. It will open up your mind to diverse experiences in an international setting. It will make you more viable to businesses and their employers and will enhance your CV in more ways than one.
A brand consultant and marketing strategist by profession, Trine founded Boosting Business, a successful brand bureau in Denmark prior to moving to Qatar, where she co-founded LinkMotility and SpouseTalent in 2016. This was where she gained inspiration to help global mobility talents and entrepreneurs see an understanding of their power and the potential to become authorities in their field while on the move – and the mindset, guidance and roadmap to make it happen. Trine has been involved in multiple speaking engagements in Denmark, Qatar and Malaysia as a lecturer and guest speaker. A strong advocate of networking, she constantly emphasises its importance in all her lectures, talks and firmly believes it is one of the most powerful tools for people and businesses. Trine also co-founded Women in Business, one of the biggest professional network for women in Denmark. After spending nearly two decades in the branding industry, Trine knows what truly drives engagement, conversions and sold-out launches. Trine is a graduate of the College of Art, Craft and Design, Denmark. She currently serves as a Board of Director at the Malaysian Danish Business Council.
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