Is it smart idea to work abroad?

5 steps to help you determine if starting a career abroad is right for you!

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Have you ever thought about working abroad?  Although it may seem impossible companies are eager to hire foreigner as interns or permanent employees. During my final semesters at California State University San Marcos, I found the opportunity to gain experience working for a well-known European company. The idea seemed scary, challenging, and impossible. I thought to myself, “what’s the worse that can happen?”

Graduation is just around the corner and a degree in Global Business with an emphasis in Marketing with no foreign work experience would make it difficult for me to enter the job market. Most of the companies of interest to me are global which could provide me the opportunity to a move internationally.  This is the opportunity to leave the USA and develop my personal skills in a new country included many challenges.

 

These 5 steps will help you determine if starting a career abroad is right for you!

  1. Create a pros/cons list opportunity would open career doors. A list will help guide you in the right direction and help you determine if you are satisfied in your current position.
  2. What country suits your lifestyle? Do you speak or understand multiple languages?  You can find out by researching employment laws and lifestyles in other countries.
  3. After selecting countries of interest you must research the employment market. Is there companies of interest in those countries? Begin by creating list or looking on Linked In.
  4. After determining a country and industry to work in begin researching the application process, most countries require a work visa if you plan on staying more than 90-days. Make sure your passport is up to date and create a global resume tailored to your desired position.
  5. Once you know what your legal status is you may begin searching for employment. The visa process is lengthy in some countries or in certain industries. Take your time and prepare for what can happen next.

A career abroad doesn’t happen over night, it takes dedicated planning, networking, and intensive research. By analyzing your career options and planing you will be more prepared to engage in your new position.  I moved across the world alone to start an internship opportunity, everyday abroad was a learning experience that I will never forget. Adjusting to change in a new environment was not easy but I am ready to do it again.

 

Graduating in a Technology Generation 

While communication channels continue evolving is communication improving? 

Graduating in 2016 was supposed to be filled with opportunities and employment offers.  Yet, I found that employers interview by phone and email now. Job offers are now by phone or email which leads to starting positions without meeting your leader or your team. 

Graduating in the technology generation comes with major challenges for those who haven’t adapted to new methods of communication.  Let’s just say there’s more to learn after graduation; new methods of communication, new methods of management, and new ways to find a career! 

The good news is that change is always good, if you stay positive! 

Searching for a career abroad?

Are you looking for an opportunity to work abroad?  Many of us have noticed a popular trend of companies going global yet we find ourselves struggling to find the perfect career opportunity. Need help figuring out if you can survive abroad?

Check out a list of useful, FREE resources on http://myworldabroad.com/ on this site , this site includes numerous resources to help you with career search and planning like:

  • American Citizens Abroadwww.aca.ch helps US citizens working abroad with issues such as advocacy and education.
  • The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseashttp://workingoverseas.com this site offer various international career building website resources.
  • GOINGLOBALwww.goinglobal.com this site provides country career guides on 23 foreign countries and on some U.S. cities.

By researching free sites first you can avoid paying for subscription fees and save on your move. Start your career search here then continue searching on your desired countries employment avenues. Searching for a career abroad becomes simple once you have proper resources.

 

 

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Before Attending International Conference or Trade Show

 

Today most companies send employees to international conferences and trade shows as a means of marketing products and gaining ideas. These are great places to expose an organization to send key people to meet others in your industry. Since you will represent your organization you should prepare for a conference carefully, before you atend:

 

Prepare

Responsibilities at international conferences and trade shows very among: attendees, clients, company booth representatives that exhibit products or services, along with many speaker. Regardless of your role, you must prepare and not just show up and wait for new business opportunities. Get the most out of your participation in a conference, and make the most out of every potential business opportunity.

Create objectives

  • Need sales leads?
  • Introducing a new product?
  • Building new relationships with suppliers or distributors?

Knowing your goals will help you focus your attention and make the best of the time you invest. Remember to create objectives that match your company strategy. Opportunities at international conferences or tradeshows are endless!

 

 

Discover the benefits of business travel

“Don’t be afraid to create new experience while conducting business travel”

Business travel may seem like a hassle for many executives while a perk to others. Although everyone has their own opinion these are some of the great benefits business travel may offer:

  1. Earning Miles: airlines offer great business class traveler many perks to make you feel at home including a business class lounge with free food and drinks. You may also discover faster check-in options to help you save time. Research airlines separately to benefit from these perks.
  2. Meet New People: you will never be lonely at an airport. Networking or making new clients is easier when you are in airports. The majority of business travelers frequent the same airports you do, why not make new friends while you wait for a flight.
  3. Experience New Things: love trying new food? How about visiting museums? Or watching sports? Traveling for business gives you the opportunity to build new experiences along the way. Enjoy each new place you visit by trying things that are not available in your home office.

If your doubting an opportunity for business travel think again and remember these benefits and say, yes to these new opportunities.

 

How long does it take to adjust to life overseas?

romeIt’s evident that moving to a new country is never easy. When you move you leave your comfort zone behind, and begin experiencing a wide range of uncertainties and difficulties. New languages, new food, new people, new customs, different social etiquette like eating pizza with a fork, new transportation like train systems you must memorize in order to get around, and many names you can’t pronounce.

The list of things you have to learn once you arrive seems endless. Having a normal routine in a familiar environment seems impossible. Many can’t handle an international move and begin giving up in a few months. Through my personal experience after moving to France was that you need to give yourself six to nine months to truly start feeling comfortable in a new place.  Leaving any earlier is giving up.

Adapting to a new culture takes time, patience, and personal inner strength. Through this blog I hope to share my personal experience with those who are abroad, faraway, and thinking of giving up. Last year I found myself with an unexpected yet great opportunity to move to France. I accepted the offer knowing that it would lead to a great experience and career. To say that France was completely different from the United States is an understatement.  I had envisioned Paris, France to be comparable to New York City. Although, it did have similarities: gridlocked traffic, packed subway system, visible inequalities in wealth, and mixed cultures.

Feeling safe and secure and making friends took me about one month. Finally adapting and feeling accepted in a foreign culture took me six months. When the time came to return, I had fallen in love with France and I felt like I was leaving home. Give yourself enough time to adapt and learn to be patient, tolerant and accepting of differences.

 

 

If your looking to working abroad, where do you begin?

Are you looking for an opportunity to work abroad?  Many of us have noticed a popular trend of companies going global yet we find ourselves struggling to find the perfect career opportunity around the world. Before getting overwhelmed with all the company research available start  all the global companies focus on determine: who, what, where, when, and how.
Think about what skills you have offer for global employers, who can benefit from those skills.  Create an international CV and résumé and explore several new countries.  Knowing more about where you want to work and what you want to do will help you determine what types of jobs would be the best fit.Once you know what you have to offer you can begin selecting a country.  Are you bilingual? Are your ready for a challenge? Moving takes a great deal of planning so learn and plan carefully.
Hiring overseas, serving clients abroad, and partnering with companies anywhere in the world takes time. Remember to be patient take extra time to learn the customs of others you will be working with. A great way to earn trust and understand a foreign culture is to take the time to go to events and networking. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet other people that could open new doors for you and build a reputation in their community. Have fun while increasing your personal development while planning a career abroad.

Company Challenge: The Global Market

“Don’t be afraid to create new experience while conducting business travel”

Business travel may seem like a hassle for many executives while a perk to others. Although everyone has their own opinion these are some of the great benefits business travel may offer:

  1. Earning Miles: airlines offer great business class traveler many perks to make you feel at home including a business class lounge with free food and drinks. You may also discover faster check-in options to help you save time. Research airlines separately to benefit from these perks.
  2. Meet New People: you will never be lonely at an airport. Networking or making new clients is easier when you are in airports. The majority of business travelers frequent the same airports you do, why not make new friends while you wait for a flight.
  3. Experience New Things: love trying new food? How about visiting museums? Or watching sports? Traveling for business gives you the opportunity to build new experiences along the way. Enjoy each new place you visit by trying things that are not available in your home office.

If your doubting an opportunity for business travel think again and remember these benefits and say, yes to these new opportunities.