“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou
Earlier in the year I shared with you guys some of the reasons that working overseas can prove beneficial. You can find them here and here. In those posts I focused on the financial and quality of life issues respectively. This post will act as a conclusion to that series and will take a look at some of the benefits I have enjoyed since returning home just over five months ago.
This was also one of the benefits I mentioned in the first post of this series. The combination of low expenses and high income gave me a nice surplus to begin investing with. That allowed me to take a little over five months off when I returned home. This was nice as it allowed me time to deal with “reverse” culture shock; reintegrating yourself back into your own culture after living among other cultures for a while. I was able to enjoy a wonderful summer without worrying about money and getting back to work immediately. It also allowed me to take my time and accept a job that I really wanted and not one I needed to pay the bills.
A Resume Builder
Whether my time overseas has actually enhanced my marketability to employers is debatable. I like to think that it has, but who knows. What I do know is that it is a great ice breaker at an interview. Several of the interviews I had this summer started with, “So tell us about your overseas work!” At least in my profession it has been away of separating my resume from others. The experiences that I have had and the interaction with so many other cultures is priceless to me. I only hope that the broader frame of reference I now have of the world and those in it allows me to appreciate diversity in the work place that much more.
Every overseas experience will be different. You may make more money than I did or less. Your experience with the various cultures might be better or worse than mine. Regardless, I would suggest to anyone who has the opportunity to go abroad to do so. What you learn about others is only second to what you learn about yourself. I came home different from the man who left three years ago and it is one of those experiences that has changed my life.
I will leave you with this; don’t let fear hold you back from anything. You get one go at this life, it’s not a rehearsal. You will regret the things you did not do far more than the things you did. Give fear it’s say and then march defiantly in the direction your heart yearns for. Good luck 🙂