Working outside of the UK allows you to improve your employability skills or develop new ones. If you have decided that you would like to work abroad, then you need to think whether this would be better on a short term basis, in the form of a year out or gap year, or whether you want to make the move a more permanent one.
Working overseas has many benefits which include:
- Experiencing different cultures and working with people from different backgrounds
- Learning a different language
- Improving your communication skills
- Developing your independence and self-reliance
- Taking part in new working styles
- Developing your international contacts
In order to ensure your experience is a positive one, you need to plan and research your move very carefully. Think about the following issues:
Destination: you need to think about where you would like to be based? Think about the cultutal aspects in your preferred destination, and consider the visa restrictions that may exist.
Career Role: what exactly would you like to do? Are there particular sectors, or even organisaitons that interest you? Do you know what opportunities are available?
Skills and Experience: are your qualifications recognised in your preferred destination? Do you need particular experience and skills? Can these be gained whilst you work abroad, or would you need to re-train and/or take further qualifications?
Practical Aspects: think about the financial aspects of any move. Can you afford to move to your preferred destination? Is accommodation easy to find? Is it within your budget? How far away from your home country are you happy to move?
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