International Work Experience – My LinkedIn Answers

I responded to the following question posted on LinkedIn today:

To what extent is the opportunity to work “overseas” important to young professionals?
It should be increasingly self evident that overseas experience is important in one’s career. Companies are establishing presence in emerging markets. A significant proportion of company revenues are generated overseas.

Being an effective professional in a global economy requires international experience. This means doing a stint and immerse yourself in cultural and business practices in a particular country.

Other Related LindedIn Answers:
How did you “internationalize” your life and career? The world is getting more complex and is a borderless world. Getting experience outside the US and internationally is important in developing your business acumen and also, for personal development. I got in the international work (primarily in human resource recruiting) by accident. It was being at the right place, right time. And a lot of luck. This opportunity has given me the opportunity to work the hottest emerging markets in Asia (China and Vietnam). Being successful in making a transition to living abroad is not easy. You’ll have to prepare yourself for family, financial, personal commitments and adjustments to the new country. Back at the office, you’ll have to make extra efforts to connect back to corporate headquarters. You’ll have to link your colleagues to the work important in the assignment country. International work has given me tremendous personal and career satisfaction. It’s been a constant “high.”

In the next few years, I would like to live and work in Asia, particularly Singapore, China, Malaysia, or Hong Kong. How do I prepare and set this type of opportunity up? First, see if there are any internal transfer opportunities within [your current company]. Consider moving to these locations as a local hire (local payroll) vs. an expatriate assignment (very costly for the company). Singapore is probably the easiest place to adjust to in Asia and Hong Kong is next. These two countries have a very easy process of obtaining work permits and higher wages (and higher cost of living too). Alternatively, you can conduct your own job search via the internet and/or use of search agencies. Key to making adjustment is making a personal, psychological, family, and financial (2P & 2F) commitment. Missing any one of those components will spell doom. Hope this helps.

What is the best way to get introduced to International Recruiting for someone in the U.S.? Hi, I’ve working in PRC, Brazil, Singapore (Asia Pacific) and now in Vietnam recruiting. One of the best ways to get exposure and experience is to relocate to a country/region. You can attend HR conferences or association/news articles initially to get started. But, I strongly encourage on-the-ground experience. In Asia, Singapore is the best location for Asia-regional experience.

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