Working abroad in a foreign country can be quite challenging for some people especially where interaction with other people is part of the job profile. In such a situation, knowledge of the foreign language and an understanding of their culture can be helpful. Those of us who have had an experience of traveling abroad through work or for leisure have a better chance of adapting well in a foreign land. Indian professionals are very successful abroad in almost all countries of the world.
At some point in their lives many people dream about living abroad for a while or travelling and seeing what more there is out there – and one of the best ways to finance yourself whilst you travel and explore and learn about new cultures and languages is by utilizing a skill that,
There are many benefits associated with spending time working abroad and some of them are:
- Broadening cultural horizons
- Gaining invaluable cross-cultural skills and experience
- Enjoying new and exciting challenges
- Meeting, working with, socializing and dealing with a very broad range of people
- Earning better salaries
The skills learned abroad assist many professionals with the overall advancement of their careers as they prove that they are dynamic, adventurous and able to cope in demanding situations.
Today with globalisation, the world has become better connected. Asians, especially Indians are open to taking up jobs in other countries that offer good opportunities for career advancement and provide an improvement in their present financial position.
Some of the most attractive countries for working abroad include -
- USA – offers a high standard of living and chances for improved lifestyle for professionals. Key opportunities in USA are for Medicine, Research & development and Software professionals.
- Dubai & Middle East – Professionals with strong technical skills can earn a high income in these countries. Key openings in this region are for Petroleum & Chemical Engineers, Retail, Sales and Factory workers.
- Australia – offers good opportunities for entrepreneurs and professionals in various fields. Good infrastructural facilities are available here.
- Thailand & Indonesia – skills in accountancy and technical knowledge can be helpful in building a career here. Software professionals, manufacturing professionals are required.
- Africa: African countries although not very high in the list of job seekers – offer great potential to earn and save. Key countries where opportunities available are – Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, and South Africa. The African countries attract expats from almost all countries including some of the developing countries like USA and UK. The openings are for manufacturing, mining, petroleum, retail, distribution and sales professionals.
Before planning a career abroad and taking up a job in anew country, pay attention to the following matters -
• Size & Type of Company offering the Job Abroad – It is usually a good idea to join a multinational Company when relocating abroad as they have clear policies which hey tend follow well.
• Duration / Time period of the Assignment – Find out the duration for which you will be sent abroad. It is advisable to look for long term assignments which will provide you a chance for career advancement and growth.
• Opportunities to Save – Find out the cost of living in the foreign country and whether or not the company will provide you with housing and medical facilities. Only if these details are taken care of by the Company, you will have the opportunity to save.
• Location and Salary Structure – try to calculate your net saving and evaluate.
• Tax policies & Standard of Living
• Political and Social situation
As of us are well aware, removing oneself temporarily from his/her typical environment provides a means by which an individual inevitably begins asking new and/or deeper questions of oneself and one’s society.
Interactions between and among diverse groups of Indian professionals abroad have a unique potential unlike any other interaction occurring within the country. They share the experience of being an India living outside of India. Whereas, within the borders of India, nationality as a means of identification is often replaced by more specific identifications, or micro-cultures, such as state, language, religion, sub sect etc. Sharing this heightened awareness of being an India outside India while simultaneously acknowledging the self-reflection process provides a potentially ideal learning platform. Through interactions between and among diverse groups of Indian, professionals can help one another progress in their various stages of identity development.