A few days ago I wrote Top 5 Excuses Against Moving Abroad, starting with…
Excuse #1. Work
Number one excuse is “I have a job.” People actually ask “How could I leave my career?”
To this excuse, I say you aren’t hurting your career, you’re helping it!
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Today, I want to expand on that first excuse: Work.
Okay, on with how working abroad can work for you.
Let me ask you a question, speaking “corporate-ese.”
Do you want to advance your career organically or would you like it to advance aggressively through acquisitions?
Organic Growth or Through Acquisitions?
You hear corporate management bark out “Our company will continue to grow through acquisitions.” Why?
Acquisitions give rapid growth and provide synergy (increased performance, decreased costs = best of all worlds). Acquisitions also enable a company to eliminate or dominate its competition. Sure, it comes with risks, but to win, you need those risks.
Do it organically is the opposite: progressing naturally. Hoping that over time (long periods of time), a career just progresses…naturally. Uh, good luck with that.
Are you advancing your career organically? Letting time pass, year over year, shooting for annual reviews with “Exceeds Objectives,” hoping for that 3% salary raise (in good times)?
Back to You and Your “Acquisition”
Or are you prepared to take an aggressive path, through career acquisitions of expat experience?
Look at the benefits when you “acquire” some expat experience:
The Straight Up List of Expat Employee Qualities
As I mentioned in a prior post, when you work abroad, you become a more valued asset. Let me expand on that.
You are instantly more desirable from several angles and added qualities:
The list goes on and on… Yes, management sees international experience as a major plus indeed. For a senior management position, international experience is a door-opener by itself.
Of course, these desirable, international qualities work both ways: not just when you return, but when you first acquire your overseas job.
Returning from an international experience will bring you a higher salary, more senior position and higher sense of trust from your seniors.
Advancing your career also provides diversification and sharpens your focus. By the way, those are 2 more reasons often quoted for mergers and acquisitions.
Just imagine starting your elevator speech (you do have one, right?) with “The experience I gained in London showed me…”
Bottom line: Companies often advance via acquisitions…isn’t it time you took a similar path?