Side Street Style: Why you should consider working abroad

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13/10/2021

Why you should consider working abroad

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One of the best things I ever did was spend a couple of years working in different countries and cities, mainly across Europe, as it was a fantastic way to gain new skills, meet friends and be fully immersed in a culture and I always look back on my time working overseas in a very positive way and I hope my children are afforded the same opportunity when they are older. 

Many people often think you need to have a lot of money to travel and work but if you are clever about it you really don't. The best thing is to sort out a job before leaving, depending on the employer they may help you find accommodation as well. You can also work and travel at any point in your life, whether you have just left school and want to consider seasonal work or working in hospitality, which is what I did, or maybe you are a graduate looking to build your experience with an internship, or maybe you are very experienced in your field and want a change of scenery - at any stage, there are opportunities out there.

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider working abroad

1. You get to travel more - whether your taking up a well-paid role or simply volunteering in exchange for accommodation when you consider working abroad it opens up the world to you, along with plenty of new experiences. If you're looking to work in a backpackers or as a volunteer for a few weeks before moving on to somewhere else then I recommend checking out Workaway and Worldpackers.

2. Boost Confidence and Adaptability - working somewhere completely new is going to be a bit of a shock to the system at first which is normal for anyone stepping out of their comfort zone but the experience without a doubt with help boost your inner confidence as well as teach you how to adapt to different routines - both of which are skills employers look for. 


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3. Learn a second language - if your looking to take up a new job in Europe chances are it will be to a country with a language different to yours which makes it the perfect opportunity to learn a new language and gain a new skill. Not only is this good on a personal level but will help you stand out from the crowd in the future. 

4. Boost your CV - travel not only helps to open your eyes to new perspectives but it's also often seen as a positive to future employers who want to take on dynamic new talent. Even if you don't want to commit to a long term overseas role you could benefit from doing something like an internships in Barcelona in your chosen industry which offers you hands-on experience for a shorter time while improving your resume greatly. 

5. Expand your network - working abroad naturally widens your pool of friends as well as professional connections and this can be seen as a real positive on your resume. I am still in contact with some of the friends I made when I was travelling over 10yrs ago which is great, we can bounce ideas off each other as well as hear different perspectives on things.

When it comes to considering a move whether for a few weeks, months or years, you want to do as much research as possible before you move, this will make it a lot easier in the long term. Of course with the pandemic extra precautions and planning needs to take place but it's not impossible and if it's something of interest to you then I say go for it, I loved every moment of working and travelling overseas when I was younger. 


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2 comments:

  1. Working abroad can be great depending on the job and family commitments. I had a friend that taught in Japan for years and loved it.

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  2. I would have loved to work abroad in my early career years. And will be actively encouraging my boys to do it. In fact my eldest has already decided he is going to go and work and live in Spain for a while. I hope to be able to do it towards the end of my career now once the boys are more self sufficient!

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