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Working Overseas: It Takes More than a Passport
You know you want to work internationally. Perhaps you studied abroad and are now sold on the notion of living and working overseas.
The excitement of working internationally often comes from the novelty and adventure of living in a foreign culture, and not from the job itself.
Or maybe you simply crave adventure and find the idea of adapting to a foreign culture an exciting and challenging prospect. Whatever the reason, you're ready to jump on the next plane for London, or Hong Kong, or some other exotic location.
But Wait. Don't go anywhere yet. Please.
The fact is, many people have unrealistic expectations about international work, which can lead to disappointment and frustration in the long run. So, before you pack your bags, take this short True-or-False quiz and see how much you really know about working internationally.
1. It's easy to get a job overseas.
One way of getting around all this red tape is to go through an organized work abroad program, like the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE), WorldTeach or the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. For a fee, these programs can help you obtain overseas employment by granting necessary work permits, and often provide job placement services and housing assistance as well.
2. All international jobs are glamorous and
3. Not all "international" jobs are based
So what makes them "international"? Most include opportunities for international travel, as well as exposure to the global operations of a business. And in most cases, opportunities to transfer overseas increase with time and experience.
4. I need to know a foreign language to work
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