A job abroad

“I need a new job. One without a 45 minute commute. One, where I don’t hear the same gossip over and over from my colleagues. One, where I get to do different things than just my routine of the ever same five things. One, where at the end of the month I have some cash left to spend leisurely.”

If you have such or similar thoughts, it is time to think about a career move. And if you have pictures in mind like the ones shown on the side, it maybe time to think about an employment in a foreign country. What could be wrong with skiing in Almaty after a tiring meeting or getting some fresh air on the patio in Venezuala? Nothing wrong with that, for sure. You just have to consider that in most cases there is no patio or ski resort waiting for us, but it may very well look like this, if you look out the window:

Skiing in Almaty

Project Titanium – remelting, Kazakhstan

Patio in La Victoria, Venezuela

Relaxing on the patio

Nickel mining project in La Victoria, Venezuela

Liaoning, Nordchina

Once you have made your decision for yourself and your family to go to a foreign country, you should keep one thing in mind always: it will be a different experience than what you have imagined.

And this brings us to the most important point, that needs to be clarified before a professional adventure in foreign countries should be started: what are my expectations?

There are many reasons for a career move to a foreign country, if nothing else for a better pay roll. But also things like getting new experiences and relate to new people and cultures play an important role for the decision.

What ever reason are the most important to you personally: it is in any case advisable to check if your expectations can indeed be met with a job abroad. Someone who is just in it for the money may soon discover that living far from home – maybe even in some remote location – is not worth the additional money. And someone looking for seeing mountains, steppe or beach is probably better served with a vacation trip.

But there are some things that can only be experienced if one decides to work in a foreign country. Embrace a new culture and new language and look at the familiar things at home from a different point of view is part of it as meeting new friends, see alternative approaches and generally widen one’s horizon. And lastly a climb up the career ladder may require a stop over in a different world.

But for all the reasons that speak for a foreign adventure one should also be clear what needs to be given up in exchange. It’s not always easy to get back into your old job when you’ve been gone for a few years. And also your personal relations need to be taken care of, or you will find most of your friends gone when you come back. And of course your spouse and children need a lot of consideration as well.

Once you have made your decision for yourself and your family to go to a foreign country, you should keep one thing in mind always: it will be a different experience than what you have imagined. Therefore my advice: be open minded, get rid of prejudices and embrace your new environment with open eyes and open heart. Then you will gather the most invaluable thing you can only find abroad: a lifetime experience.