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These days, you can’t go online without reading an article from someone who’s worked abroad.
Many young people are spending a year or more traveling overseas and some are opting to work abroad to finance their adventures.
They might even stay abroad, choosing the digital nomad lifestyle over the traditional 9-5 cubicle job.
Or maybe they left home at 18, on a gap year, and worked their way around the world doing odd jobs, like barista-ing, bartending, or fruit picking.
Whatever the job, chances are it was an exciting – and educational time – for them.
Working abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have in your young years!
There are so many reasons to consider working abroad!
It affords you different views on worldwide working conditions, lets you meet others doing the same thing as you, opens your eyes to new career paths you didn’t know existed, and teaches you things that jobs in your home country might not teach you.
If you are working in a backpacker-heavy field, like fruit picking or hospitality, you also learn to work with others who don’t have the same work ethic, work background, or life experience you might.
In this post I want to zone in on 3 of major reasons why you should work abroad at least once in a lifetime…
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Work Abroad: Here’s Why You Should Give It A Go At Least Once…
1. Working Abroad Opens Your Eyes To New Career Paths
Maybe you left home as a freelance writer or photographer, but took a job in a creative agency to pay the bills.
You could return home as part of a global graphic design network.
Maybe your writing gigs start to dry up so you write a book.
Maybe you took an expat position with your company and gained new insight. Some expats prefer to make a lateral switch within the company later and extend their time overseas.
Or maybe you found an international company you like better, taking a longer contract with them.
Whatever happens, we can assure you that working abroad will open your eyes to new, creative career opportunities.
There are so many different options for working abroad. What do you want to do?
2. Working Abroad Lets You See A Different Work Environment
As an American, working abroad in the hospitality field was wildly different.
On my Working Holiday Visa, I was allowed holiday pay. I made a decent working wage; tips were extra. I was scheduled regular hours.
Sure, the Brits and the Kiwis do things differently to American restaurants but in the end, the goal is the same:
Make sure the guest has an amazing time, deliver amazing service and food, and leave them wanting to return.
Hospitality jobs are some of the easiest to get as a backpacker.
However, some travelers seek out jobs in the fruit-picking industry or at a vineyard.
If you want to stay in Australia for a second year, you are also required to do 3 months of remote farm work.
For many travelers to Australia, even digital nomads, that’s a big reason to work abroad.
By doing three months of farm work, you’re almost guaranteed a second year Working Holiday Visa. This equates to almost another twelve months in the country!
Jobs like Outback ranch work or New Zealand sheep farming let you experience a new work environment that you wouldn’t even consider at home.
The result is that you understand the working conditions that migrant workers face in a lot of places.
While that might not turn you into a firm believer in open borders or laxer immigration policies, it will help you realise that not all jobs are cushy, air conditioned, or even understanding of your needs.
If you’re a digital nomad, you face an entirely new set of challenges if you choose to work abroad, like different time zones to clients, lack of good wifi, and more.
3. Working Abroad Encourages You To Learn From Others With Different Backgrounds
As a traveler looking for work in a new country, you will find that you meet other travelers from very different backgrounds.
If you all work together, you’ll be able to learn more about not just the culture you are living in but also about the culture of your new workmates.
Imagine being the sole native English speaker at a New Zealand fruit farm.
Or being the lone English speaking nurse at a remote hospital.
Jobs that allow you to meet others with different backgrounds are jobs that will challenge you to practice exceptional teamwork, and that’s a huge future CV (resume) builder.
There are so many different reasons you should work abroad, and these are just 3 of my favourite.
It goes without saying that you’ll meet exciting and interesting people on your travels, whether you have a job or not…
But working abroad is an enriching experience that can open doors you didn’t know were closed.
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Tell me, would you consider working abroad? Why? Leave your thoughts below…