For those of us who have left our homelands behind for a better job prospect, for love, or just for something new, we understand that “expat life” is not just a choice. It’s a lifestyle. And according to a recent study, 1/3 of Americans would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. This number has increased dramatically over the last few years, and probably for the best: most recruiters and headhunters strongly believe that international experiences make a candidate more attractive.
But moving to a different country and finding a job is about so much more than booking the flight. The language barriers, lifestyle changes and cultural differences can be staggering, and the difficulties of expat life are not to be underestimated. That said, international experience is practically required for executives and senior managers in today’s job market, especially in Europe. And as most expats can tell you, the experience alone is worth the struggles.
If you’re considering an international move or job offer, be brave enough to say yes. But before you sign the contract, here’s an idea of the factors to consider