So you KNOW you want to work abroad, but you need a little last minute encouragement before taking the plunge. I feel ya.
Here are the TOP 5 reasons I think YOU should bite the bullet and go for it.
1. It’s inevitable you’ll come back with a wider world viewpoint – and who doesn’t want that?
If you decide to work abroad – consider your horizons broadened. Exposure to different cultures, nationalities, foods, countries, stories & lifestyles is bound to have a pretty profound effect on your character. Among many other things, it encourages you to be more tolerant, understanding and empathetic of other people and their situations. These are great character traits which can be difficult to truly develop without leaving your home town and travelling a little. Travel will kill your prejudices, and the people you meet and work with will enrich your life beyond measure. Although, the unfortunate catch is that you often don’t notice just how much until you’re back home…
2. You’ll create lasting friendships.
To follow on from point 1, this one goes without saying. The people you meet while travelling and working abroad make your trip. Whether you’re a shout it from the rooftop extrovert or a time alone introvert, you’ll meet people you connect with on so many levels.
3. Work opportunities – they come up in the strangest of places.
It’s hard to picture the path going forward, into the abyss of the unknown. Believe me, I’ve felt it’s pressing weight on many occasions. However, what I’ve noticed is that with new locations, new people, new foods… senses are heightened and you’re more sensitive to the signals life is sending you. I swear it feels like more opportunities are coming your way – I think it’s a lot to do with your state of mind. I’m sure there must be an element of ‘right place, right time’ in play, but being in a new environment heightens your senses and opens you up to opportunities you may not have noticed in your safe space at home. Maybe it’s a built in animalistic trait, who knows? You may want to read my earlier blog post on How Cleaning Toilets Landed me my Dream Job to find out a little of what I mean. Many more examples of this to come in future blog posts – this is a topic I love!
4. Your comfort zone will widen.
Risk taking will be come a little more comfortable – and we all know the magic happens just outside your comfort zone. Every time you try something new, every time you push yourself out there just a little bit more, every time you fail, you’re widening that comfort zone. The best lessons are learned there, and trust me, they really stick with you. Deciding to work abroad forces you out of your comfort zone, and into the magic.
5. You are able.
Many people are not afforded this opportunity, and to even be considering it is a gift. Grasp it with both hands and give it all you’ve got.