The top 6 reasons to take that overseas assignment

29 April 2021
Not that you really need an excuse to fly to a far-off country to work, but here’s our list of six great reasons to relocate overseas just in case you’re not convinced. 

If you have the travel bug, there’s nothing more satisfying than working abroad. Not only do you get to experience your new country at a much deeper level, you get paid to do it.

Living in a foreign country is completely different to a holiday. You’ll actually get to experience your adopted country in the long-term, picking up local knowledge along the way such as who sells the best coffee, what tourist traps to avoid and how to get the most out of your new city. As well as exploring your host country, you’ll also get the chance to travel to neighbouring countries on your time-off. 

Chances are you’ll be moving to a country where you don’t speak the language. Making the effort to learn the local language shows that you have the ability to adapt and thrive in new situations. It’s a life skill that will not only help you in day-to-day situations in your new country and build deeper connections within the community, it can also potentially open up new work opportunities for you in the future. 

Having an international assignment on your CV could boost your future employability. The training and work experience you gain at an overseas company will expand your horizons and range of expertise.

In a globalised, well-connected world, employers increasingly value candidates with international work experience, and it’s often seen as a prerequisite for most senior positions at major international companies. Many professionals who undertake expat assignments find that they experience faster career progression as a result. 

One of the biggest draws of life abroad for many expats is the chance to explore a new culture. Living overseas can be an extremely fulfilling and enriching experience, and the best way to open your eyes to a whole new way of living and culture - from discovering music, trying new foods, meeting the locals, and learning about the history and traditions of your new country.  

Many expats receive salaries that are considerably higher than those of their counterparts back home, and in some countries expats also benefit from favourable tax regimes.

In addition, expats normally also receive a considerable amount of expatriate benefits. An additional allowance is usually provided to help with relocating and settling into a new country and often includes accommodation, work permits, medical cover and other perks.

Working abroad is a great way to expand your personal and professional network,  giving you the opportunity to build relationships with people in your field on an international level.  Developing an international social network can be useful both during your stay and when you're back in your home country.

Luckily, maintaining the network you build abroad is now easier than ever before. Social media, LinkedIn, and apps like WhatsApp, can all help you to stay connected with your circle of friends from all over the world.

If you are considering an assignment overseas, don’t forget to look after your health and wellbeing with international health insurance which will allow you to access quality healthcare while working abroad.