Jobs Abroad Offer More than Professional Experience

Susan Hall

Fellow blogger Don Tennant, who spent a decade as editor in chief of Computerworld Hong Kong, has long advocated being willing to relocate — even overseas — for a job.

A post at Mashable suggests that tack for Millennials, though a Huffington Post piece calls it "The Ultimate Boomer Adventure." Mashable cites Stepstone‘s Global Talent Barometer Survey 2011, which reported a 7 percent uptick in people willing to relocate. It attributes much of this to a decrease in the number of baby boomers in the work force plus an increase in internationally mobile young professional workers. The recent economic downturn surely plays a role as well.

The Huffpo piece tells of Ruth Rosenfeld, a widow from Colorado, who took a job in Guatemala as technology coordinator for a school, managing the computer systems and providing training and support for teachers and staff. She had a two-year contract, but stayed for a third.

In an interview for, EMC’s VP of Recruiting Tom Murray suggested new grads look for companies, like EMC, that offer global rotations even for its tech folks. He told me:

If a company has the opportunity [for you] to get global experience early in your career, go get it. Our leadership development programs have global rotations and they're worth their weight in gold to get global experience and global perspective.

I think that's good advice for workers at any age.

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