There are many excuses people give for not working abroad, the number one being that they have a job and don’t want to leave their career. Jeff Parker, who has worked in and/or visited over 30 countries and is a former IT global manager for a Fortune 100 company, suggests that working abroad doesn’t hurt your career, but in fact helps it.
Jeff advocates that when you work abroad, you become a more valued asset and instantly more desirable to employers. Management sees international experience as a major plus. For a senior management position, international experience is a door-opener by itself. Of course, these desirable, international qualities work both ways: not just when you return, but when you first acquire your overseas job.
Returning from an international experience can bring you a higher salary, more senior position and higher sense of trust from your seniors. Advancing your career also provides diversification and sharpens your focus.
This slideshow highlights some of the qualities you gain while working abroad.
Click through for seven qualities gained while working abroad.