When given the opportunity to travel abroad, most are reluctant, wary of change and a venture in to the unknown. As Heraclitus stated, “there is nothing permanent except change”. Let’s be straightforward, the uncertainty and ambiguity that comes with moving from your comfort zone in to the unknown is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one of the best decisions you could make!
Living and working in another country enables you to grow. Even working in a megalopolis such as London, New York or Hong Kong you are limited to the experiences of that environment, that culture, that country. Through working in a different country you gain a global perspective and understanding of your industry and how they tie together. The same job for the same company in London will feel a lot different to that in India!
Working in an unfamiliar country is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. You gain an appreciation and understanding for other cultures, and in a world where globalization is ever present, working abroad enables you to work and interact with people from various upbringings and backgrounds. You gain a sense of global awareness and humility.
And then there is the travel. The opportunities to get out and about are endless! All of a sudden there is a whole new scope of destinations on your doorstep, and your time is spent planning the next potential adventure over the weekend.
One big perk of moving abroad with a company is often the benefits that come with relocating. Most companies often offer a very appealing package, from covering the costs of your accommodation and living, to travel. What better way to save money when starting your career?
The move abroad certainly comes with its challenges, however, as Nelson Mandela proclaimed; “ There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.’’