Remote work culture has become the norm for so many people. It was already on the rise, thanks to advancements in technology. In fact, in the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that 22% of the workforce will be working remotely by 2025.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote working has become more popular than ever. There’s no surprise as to why. Remote working offers flexibility, comfort, and can even boost your productivity.
It also gives you the opportunity to work from (literally) anywhere. That means you can earn a living while traveling or moving somewhere completely new. You aren’t tied down to a specific location just because of your job.
For many people, that’s a freeing and uplifting thought.
So, if you already have the travel bug or you’ve been thinking about seeing the world but never thought you’d get the chance, now could be the time. There are several benefits to working abroad when you have the opportunity to do so. If you’re still not convinced, let’s touch on some of those benefits so you can decide whether seeing the world is the best option for you.
Working Abroad Looks Great on a Resume
If you’ve lived and worked in the same place your entire life, there isn’t anything wrong with that. In fact, most potential employers or clients won’t give it a second thought. But, if you’re applying for a new job or trying to get the attention of a client, having experience in a different country can really help you stand out.
Whether you lived in a jualan rumah in Malaysia or you backpacked through Europe for six months, having something like that on your resume will help clients or employers to recognize that you’re cultured, willing to adapt, and eager to learn new things. It’s also a good way to show them that you can work with people from all different backgrounds as a team player.
You’ll Gain Experience
Depending on your industry or your specific career, you might not be getting hired right away because employers are worried about your lack of experience.
Thankfully, you can get plenty of experience overseas due to the job market’s high demand. In fact, you might get more one-on-one, hands-on experience in a different country than you would here, allowing you to hone in on your skills and jot down your experience on your resume.
There Are Plenty of Job Opportunities
If you work remotely as a freelancer, your work-life balance depends on how many jobs you take on each day. Thankfully, because the gig economy is becoming so popular, those jobs are increasing in number each day.
While it can be scary for some people to think they have to go “fishing” for jobs, that simply isn’t the case. You might end up working a few jobs that don’t pay what you deserve or end up being a lot more work than it was worth. But, you have to be able to get through those jobs to build up a steady client base and land bigger accounts.
If you’re not a freelancer and you want to work for an actual company, there are more job opportunities abroad than you might think. Many major corporations have locations across the globe and they’re always looking for qualified individuals to fill certain roles. You might be able to find a job you’re perfect for easier in a different country than at “home”.
It Fosters Personal Growth
It’s not always easy to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely new and different. But, sometimes that’s exactly what you need if you’re feeling stagnant or you’re not sure which direction your life is going.
Traveling abroad for work can help you to learn a lot about yourself. It can foster personal growth because it gives you a new perspective. You’ll learn about different cultures, cuisines, customs, and so much more.
Sometimes, it takes seeing how other people live and recognizing that there is an incredibly large world out there to grow. Not only will that help you in your professional life, but your personal one, as well.
It’s a Great Way to Network
If you want to advance your career quickly, there’s nothing better than taking advantage of global networking opportunities. While you’re working abroad, you can set yourself up to meet a variety of different people within your industry, or work for clients who can help you to further your career.
Doing so will allow you to network all over the world, instead of one small location. As a result, you can grow your career path quickly, find more success, and if you love to travel, give yourself more opportunities to do so.
You Will Become a Lifelong Learner
Lifelong learning has become something of a “marketing term” in recent years. But, it’s actually an incredibly effective and productive way to live.
People who choose to be lifelong learners experience plenty of benefits, including greater job success, improved cognitive function, and even more happiness.
When you travel abroad to work and decide to live in one spot or keep moving from place to place, you are opening yourself up to endless learning opportunities. Everywhere you go, you’ll be able to pick up on different languages, different ways of life, currency, customs, traditions, and so much more.
That’s why you should always take full advantage of the opportunities presented to you when you work abroad. It’s not just about making a living – it’s about living, in general. By immersing yourself in whatever culture you’re in, you’ll continuously learn, but you’ll also be working on self-improvement in the process.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to try working abroad – and so many more to consider. If you’ve been offered an opportunity or you’re just looking for something new and different, now is the perfect time to consider making a jump in your career, and going for a change of scenery. You never know how it might change your life for the better.