Why Kenyans who have worked abroad are more marketable

Consider this: you are well settled in your current home and current job, living an ordinary but peaceful existence with your family. Would you leave all of this for an overseas job? Or rather, should you leave all of this for a job aboard? When I talk about working abroad I don’t mean Saudi Arabia where when you disagree with your boss she throws you over the balcony.

I’m talking about countries that pretend to believe in human rights of African people. For example European countries. Working abroad offers a slew of benefits. Here are some ways how an overseas job can benefit your career.

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You will become more adaptable Every country has its own set of rules and values that dictate societal and professional behaviour, whether they are mannerisms, customs, or traditions. Even an organisation can have different rules and customs and consequent varied work cultures. Thus whenever you change a workplace, even in your home country, adapting quickly is the key to success. If you are changing country as well, adapting fast becomes all the more important. By putting yourself in such a position, a job abroad can boost your adaptability skills two-fold.

For example, there are some countries, such as America, where being direct and to the point boosts working relationships while there are other cultures where being direct with co-workers comes off as rude. While it isn’t easy to change your working style overnight, when you make yourself compatible with new conventions and rules, it teaches you to be more accommodating and compassionate towards others’ needs. If you do move back to your country after a stint in a foreign location, adaptability and cultural intelligence will certainly help you move ahead and make you a valuable player in an increasingly globalised workplace.

Rapid ascension to high level positions If the job market in your country is quite competitive, then searching for jobs abroad in your field of expertise will increase your chances of landing your dream job. For example, Bangalore and Silicon Valley both have thriving tech communities with a large number of start-ups and MNCs. However, due to their over-popularity, the employment competition is high. But if you were to look at countries such as Mexico, Israel or Chile, you would find similar tech start-up scenes albeit with less saturated job markets, thus offering the potential for better employment prospects. Getting a high-level position abroad, even in these low-competition cities, will increase your chances of getting absorbed into a high-level position in your home country. Under normal circumstances, it would take a lot more time to reach the same position.

 

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You will learn new languages Being multilingual is associated with top-performing assets and the highest-earning professionals. According to new findings, it has been proven that bilingualism produces a smarter species of human beings. Science has found that the ability to speak and write two or more languages has a profound effect on the brain and improves cognitive skills, even protecting your memory from getting affected in old age. In addition, business consultants Korn/Ferry International found in an online survey that 31 percent of executives knew two language while 20 percent spoke three languages. Whether a company is pursuing business overseas or trying to become the market leader at home, they are increasingly seeking bilingual workers or people with ability to speak and communicate in more than two languages. A job abroad will help you gain this ability with less effort, as you can learn and practice by immersing yourself in the local population.

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You will become good at networking With internet and social media, there is no doubt that the world has become a smaller, interconnected place. Even increased business travel or conference calls with international colleagues have contributed in some way to bringing global teams closer.

But working abroad gives you the opportunity to build closer relationships with professionals in your field on a global level. With accessible communication technology it’s easy to maintain these relationships and incorporate them into your business dealings when you return home.

Considering the benefits outlined above, working abroad is a smart career move. Finding the right job overseas takes a little extra effort, but it can be done. In addition to the usual job sites, portals and job boards you would search in your own country, consider the job portals of the destination country for a broader idea of the kind of jobs available and eligibility conditions.

Original article was first published on Expat

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