In most of our previous articles, we mainly focus on the challenges related when relocating abroad and how to tackle them. However, in this article, we will be focusing of the perks associated with having an expat job in the new home country. Apart from the usual financial benefits that usually motivates individuals to move abroad, there are many additional perks. Whether it is for a couple of years or months, or permanently, expats tend to gain from their experience abroad.
When moving abroad for work, it is not uncommon that one of the barriers experienced is the language. But why not make this a strength? Take the opportunity of living in that country and strive on learning the native language. This will not only help you with your daily life or work, but gives you another asset to add to your personal portfolio. If you decide to change employers or move back home, knowing another language is always a benefit.
Many expats go to work abroad to gain experience and challenge themselves with new things, in order to learn about their work from a different perspective. Apart from the personal experiences and knowledge gained, after returning, expats are usually offered promotions. The promotions are usually due to the added experience in the sector, training and language.
Even if you do not return to the same job and need to start all over again, expats usually experience career benefits from their time abroad. Even if you opt for self-employment, your experience might help you acquire new clients and be open new opportunities.
Apart from the experience gained, during your stay abroad, you are likely to have gained new professional qualifications. The more you have, the more you can add into your CV and the more opportunities arise. Your time as an expat can provide you with the chance to work in a field that you wouldn’t have been able to work in prior your experience abroad.
In addition to that, employers tend to prefer applicants with international experience, due to the benefits gained.