There are certain topics you can talk about over and over again without ever getting tired of it.
For me, that’s traveling and living abroad.
As someone who has lived in four countries working with various roles within the travel and tech industry, this is something I love writing about.
My Background for Sharing This
Let me tell you why I have something to say about this topic.
As mentioned, I’ve lived in four countries; the UK, Portugal, Ireland, and my home country, Denmark.
In Lisbon, I worked as a travel agent for Hotels.com and Expedia. In Dublin, I worked as a sales supporter at Microsoft and most recently as a UI/UX recruiter at Google for the Google Play team. I’ve lived a total of almost four years abroad and it has changed my life in so many ways.
Now, I’m using these experiences to share my thoughts, tips, and tricks with anyone interested in this ‘out-of-comfort-zone’-career choice.
I have written other posts on my page related to this, here are some of them.
- The Art of Finding a New Home in a New Country
- 5 Reasons Why Dublin Is Brilliant for First Time (And Experienced) Expats
For me, this is something I’m passionate about – so let’s talk a bit more about that, shall we? Let me share a few reasons why an international career might be the perfect choice for you.
You Can’t Find a Job in Your Home Town
Back when I moved to Lisbon, I left because I couldn’t find a job in Denmark. I don’t know if it was because I couldn’t find a job that fitted my dreams or because I felt stuck in Denmark.
I remember signing up with a recruiting company and within the first 30 days, I’d received 20-25 interviews with jobs from all over Europe. No matter the reason there are always more opportunities available if you’re willing to move abroad.
For a lot of people, and myself included, it really is an ‘out-of-comfort-zone’ experience when moving abroad. It can be quite the challenge to even accept and do an interview in a foreign language.
I was scared as well the first time but trust me when I say, you’ll never regret it.
Your Network Will Grow Whether You Like It or Not
Once you’ve done it once, you’ll want to do it again. It’s addicting. We all know the importance of having a network and when you decide to move abroad, you’re network will grow like crazy.
You’ll instantly become part of a group of like-minded people who are willing to connect and share their experiences – just like me. Your social media network will grow, you’ll get new friends and colleagues to hang around with, and most importantly you’ll have people spare with and learn from.
I can’t express how important it is to take advantage of this. It’ll make it so much easier if you’re looking to move location, job, or just looking for some advice in the future. Personally, I think 70% of my LinkedIn network is connections from other countries.
You’ll Have Plenty of Stories to Tell
I’m mean how many of your friends and family can say they’ve lived abroad? The fact that you can look back and realized that you packed up your life and left your comfort zone behind.
How cool does that sound?
Not only do you have stories to tell but people will be asking you about your experiences. The fact is that they probably wish they’d done it themselves. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me about my experience and told me that they wish they had the guts to do it themselves.
You could be the person they turn to for advice. It’s the ultimate confidence booster and it feels so good to be that person.
You Feel Stuck in Your Surroundings
A lot of people can probably recognize this feeling. Especially, since the whole world has been on lockdown for the better part of two years.
Fortunately, we’re slowly getting back to normal.
I know I’m the only one feeling stuck in my surroundings. Besides not being able to find a job in your hometown, I know this is another big reason for anyone to look for a change of environment.
I’ve talked to a lot of my friends abroad about this and they all say the same. They all left because they felt stuck in their hometown and needed change. They simply needed something new.
New roads, buildings, languages, cultures, and most importantly new people.
Let’s Wrap This Up
My message to you if you feel stuck is to just do it. I know it’s a cliché but it’s honestly one of the best things you can do for yourself. It’s a huge step and a massive change, I know.
But you should know this. There are a lot of people out there willing to help you if you have questions about living abroad, the move, jobs, etc.
I can help you before, under, and after your stay abroad – reach out and let’s have a chat.
Thanks for reading,