The Advantages of International Jobs


If you're someone who likes adventure and enjoys a challenge, then an international job might be something to consider. You'll get to experience a new country and culture while getting paid in the process, and you'll gain experience that can help you in the future. You may also have the opportunity to put your work skills to the test.

New Cultures

  • If you're working in a foreign country on a temporary basis, you'll get to experience a new culture, possibly with your company footing the bill. You'll get to go places that you may not have had the time or money to see on your own, and you may not have to worry about details such as where to stay and how much things like food and lodging will cost.

New Business Perspective

  • From a work standpoint, spending time in another country will you give you a new perspective about how business operates on a global basis. This may enhance your opportunity to move up in the company or make you a more attractive candidate to other potential employers. It also shows that you're flexible and willing to take on a challenge.

Creative Opportunities

  • If you're the creative or innovative type, working in another country may provide you with the opportunity to put your skills to the test. For example, you may find yourself in a situation where you have limited resources or data to perform your job. You might relish the challenge that comes with trying to make something out of nothing and looking like a hero in the process.

Increased Income

  • By accepting an overseas position, you may be able to substantially increase your income, especially if you're willing to travel to a dangerous or inhospitable area. For example, in the early stages of the Iraqi war in 2003 and 2004, civilian contractors earned $100,000 or more by going to Iraq to help rebuild the country's infrastructure.

Filling a Need

  • Working in a foreign country can give you the satisfaction that comes from helping those less fortunate than yourself. For example, if you're trained as a teacher, you can travel to an impoverished country to teach schoolchildren or help families improve their standard of living by teaching them more advanced agricultural techniques.

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