Many women are eager to work overseas but sometimes lack the confidence and passion to just make the decision and go. Men seem to have more drive when making bold decisions, but more and more women are starting to sneak up on these men in high careers and are sprinting by quicker to international levels first.
If you are undecided as a woman if you want an international role, what can help in reality is to have a guide so it can help you and push you to making the right decision, as you’ll need more than ambition, curiosity and a pair of sprinting trainers to secure and keep a job abroad.
Working overseas has a lot of benefits, but there are pitfalls as well. Here’s what you need to know before you decide if an international job is for you:
Women, Why Work Overseas?
As a woman why would you want to take your career international? There are plenty of good reasons to consider and here is why:
The saying is “Girl Power” which actually means independence. If you want to be independent, going abroad will mean you will have to leave behind the traditional ties of home.
You will have to say goodbye to your family and your close friends but internationally your network will eventually grow through work. While communications technology makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with home ties, you’ll still be on your own pretty much of the time but you can branch out to new life experiences.
Getting far out of your comfort zones means you’ll have new and unique experiences that more traditional career routes may not offer. Not only will this be an enriching experience personally, it will also help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to resumes and interviews.
Many men dominate those high job titles like ”Global Head” of, but watch out men because once a woman gains international experience she will be known as the next Senior Vice President Shona Brown of Google or Chief Financial Executive Officer that is Safra Catz of Oracle Corp.
Often women feel as though they are in a classroom, and they can actually be more intelligent than men as they want to learn more in their job rather than jump the sales ladder in one step.
Women are more likely to take the international experience to a much better level, acquainting themselves with an entirely different set of cultural nuances, languages, traditions, and living habits that will teach things you’ll never get from a course or a book — things you may not be able to leverage into career advantages later in life.
As women take this smarter step, they open up more opportunities and more acceptable to change.
Types of Jobs Overseas
So, what kind of jobs can you people get overseas? The most common by far is teaching English in other countries, either formally or informally.
There is a wide variety of consulting and contracting work available, depending on one’s skills and range of experience. Most young women however are likely to pursue some of the more entry-level jobs to start off with, working in tourism or entertainment.
Hotels, resorts, theme parks, and touring companies frequently employ the young foreign workers as they work well in this environment. The more leadership type woman can look to work in sales and business roles abroad.
A Vital To-Do-List
For anyone considering working abroad, before you decide to pack up your possessions and go international make sure you’re ready:
• Figure out your destination. In which country would you like to work? What city? Do you know the language? Will you run into any other cultural barriers? Do your research first, not only into the broad cultural strokes, but things like transportation, medical facilities, and banking arrangements.
• Sort out your passport, travel visa and citizenship for both your home and your destination. Find out if there are any special requirements you will need to meet to stay in the country, and how your taxes will be handled. If you have any property or a rental at home, make sure it’s looked after while you’re gone.
• Make sure your financial situation is well in hand. Make sure you have enough money not only to meet living expenses, but to meet any emergencies, including your job or living situation falling apart. The last thing you want is to be stranded in a foreign country without the means to get back. And watch that exchange rate!
• Consult a handy checklist like this one and make sure you have everything in order before you depart on your adventure.
Jenny Ann Beswick and the International Telegraph Jobs team produced this article. They hope this guide helps every woman out there on their international route forward.
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