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​​Working abroad sounds terrifying for a lot of people, but it could be one of the best things you could do after completing high school. So you might be asking yourself: ‘why should I work abroad, why not just work in the country that I have been brought up in?’

Here are 5 reasons why you SHOULD work abroad:

  1. Get out of your comfort zone:

    like I mentioned before. Most people get too comfortable being in the same country, the same city, the same village with the same people, without ever asking themselves, what is on the other side? It feels very safe to be in the comfort zone, but nothing ever grows there.

    You need to step out of the comfort zone in order to actually develop something new in yourself. How would you expect something to change in your life, if you always stay in the same spot.

  2. Challenge yourself:

    together with getting out of your comfort zone, you will also challenge yourself. And you can ALWAYS learn something from a challenge. It can be quite challenging to move abroad, because you need to adjust to many new things, such as people, culture, food, etc. These things can cause some challenges because you are not used to them. By challenging yourself and experiencing different things, you also widen your view of the world. By the time you come back to your home country (if you ever decide to do that), you will discover how much you have developed both personally and professionally.

  3. Build a network of people: the benefits of working abroad are all the different people you will meet on your journey. That could be both locals but also expats from other countries, who are else there for the same reason as you. You will quickly connect with many people, since you are all new and are going through the same experience. After a while, you will have a network of people from all around the world.

  4. Get closer to what you want:

    working abroad teaches you a lot about yourself, and this gets you closer to who you are and where you see yourself in 10 years. A lot of young candidates struggle with their choice of path when it comes to their education. The reason for this is that after high school you do not know what you want to do. But by working abroad and experiencing different perspectives, you will get closer to what you wish to study or generally do in your life.

  5. Improve your CV

    – This is one should be an obvious one, but unfortunately is not for everyone. One of the best things you can do for your professional and personal life is to work abroad. International experience will not only give you an advantage on a personal level but also when it comes to applying for jobs later on. You will be able to stand out among other candidates, when you can show your future employer that you took a chance and moved to another country. This shows courage and will also give you great cultural understanding and communication skills.