#1 You’re stuck in the same job and your skills are underutilized
Imagine you’ve been in the same position for more than a few years, and you’ve been passed over for promotion or your company is too small for you to advance. Maybe your skills are unappreciated and underutilized, and you aren’t using what you studied and trained for in your current position. If this is you, now might be one of the best times to switch jobs. In fact, your best option might be to look for a new position overseas.
The job market in your country may be highly competitive because there are too few positions or too many candidates in your field. However, if you know the field you want to work in, you can find countries that have more opportunities in that field and be much more likely to find a job appropriate for your skills with more responsibilities more quickly there.
For example, Mexico and Chile both have cities with interesting tech and start-up jobs with a relative lack of competition, and many Latin American start-ups like having native English speakers with international connections. As a result, recent US graduates have opportunities to be hired into or quickly advance to high-level positions that would have taken years to reach in the US.
In Japan, the government has changed legislation to legalize bitcoin. This means there are more companies and opportunities in the financial technology field there than anywhere else, but there is a lack of quality local candidates in Japan.
#2 You’re overqualified for your job
If you’re very good at your job, you may have little motivation to keep improving or updating your skills. However, today’s skill set may not be tomorrow’s. If you have an IT job, you must keep up with what is happening in your industry domestically and internationally. While your country may have banned bitcoin, countries like Japan see virtual money as the payment method of the future. If there is nothing left for you to learn in your current position, a job overseas in a new field can teach you the skills required for jobs that may come to your home country in the future.
#3 You need international contacts
As the world becomes more interconnected, you may meet international colleagues through social media, conference calls, and business travel. Working overseas lets you build deeper personal relationships with people in your field around the world. If you decide to move back to your home country, you can bring these connections to your new job.
For example, if you worked in Japan, you could market yourself as someone with valuable business contacts and knowledge of Japan’s IT market to a company in your country looking to expand there. With your domestic and international contacts, you could even start a company to connect businesses in your home country and Japan.
MAKE A CHANGE
Rushing into a job change is rarely advisable. Take a vacation and plan your move to coincide with the turn of the fiscal year of your target companies. If you’re young and your goals don’t match those of your current company, taking a job abroad can be one of the best career moves you can make.
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