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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Working Internationally: A Passport to an Enhanced Career

Updated: May 27, 2020

Ordinary people may fear there is something abstruse about wanting to work in another country. But it doesn’t take an adventurous calling to seek and secure beneficial employment abroad. Remember, its not that America is lacking in opportunities, its that other countries offer opportunities that can enhance any career development plan. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: Unintentional Rude Behaviors by Americans

Travelers beware: there are a few American behaviors that could be rude in other countries. Loud, open laughter could offend a Japanese worker, as could being “on time” in Argentina. Help overcome social awkwardness and aim for politeness all around the world. Read more.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Studying Abroad is the Gateway to Working Abroad

How can students who study abroad open doors to working internationally in the future? Leaving positive impressions on the host country could ensure that host country employers remember students who lived/studied/interned/volunteered there. Skills strengthened by study abroad (which employers have reaffirmed as valuable) include cross-cultural communication, teamwork, and independence. Read more at Transitions Abroad.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Exploring Clients’ Expectations for Working Globally

When practitioners see clients who express interest in working abroad, a whole host of questions may need to be addressed. Does the client have a goal for the experience? Is the client prepared for a more comprehensive research effort (including cost-of-living salaries and housing)? Are needs and feelings of significant others considered? This “Do’s and Don’ts” checklist may be helpful.

JOB SEARCHING: A Dating Service for Job Seekers

Jobbatical is a neologism combining job and sabbatical. It is the name of a company that offers jobs in companies around the world. Job seekers get to travel and companies find expert temporary workers. Ready to stop “climbing the career ladder”? This service is for people who think of their life as a journey. Read more.

TOP TEN: Destinations for Working Abroad

Expatriates rate different factors of professional life, including satisfaction and security, to generate this Working Abroad Index. Overall, Norway ranks number one! While it may not be surprising to see Switzerland in the top ten, would you believe Panama? See the whole list of destinations, along with descriptions and sub-categories.


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” - Mark Twain
“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” - Jane Austen


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