What are the Main Pros and Cons of Working Abroad?

Working abroad can be rewarding but it also has its downsides. Read on to discover if this course of action is best for you personally.

The Pros

Working abroad will give you experience working with people of various walks of life. Many companies appreciate this as such experience can help an individual become a good team player. Another advantage of working abroad is that doing so can help you learn another language. The ability to speak two or even more languages is sought after by many UK companies, especially those with branches, suppliers and/or customers in one or more EU countries.

Working outside the UK can also lead to exciting job and business opportunities that you would not have discovered otherwise. Some individuals have found the position of their dreams in a country they love. Others have used what they learned in a foreign country to successfully start their own business. 

The Cons

It can be expensive to move abroad and not all companies offer help with moving costs. What is more, you’ll be away from close friends and family members. It can be hard to stay in touch, especially if you move to a vastly different time zone. 

Furthermore, not all employers will look at your time spent working abroad in a positive light. This is especially true if the job you held abroad is not directly related to the position you are applying for in the UK.

Do careful research if you are considering working outside the UK temporarily so you know what you are getting into. If possible, visit the country beforehand to look for a place to live and potential job opportunities. There will always be unexpected surprises when working in a foreign country; however, knowing what you are getting into can help you make wise decisions that will benefit you both now and in the future.