Working in another country is an ideal way to improve existing skills or learn new ones, making you more attractive to employers as well as being a beneficial addition to your CV.
If you have decided that you would like to work abroad, you can either do so for a short time in the form of a year out or a gap year, or relocate long-term or permanently.
As an engineer, you may specifically be able to engage in projects that just would not happen in your local area and this will both enhance your CV and allow you greater exposure to experiences for your professional development. Also, the pay rewards for engineers can be better in other countries and there may be greater chance of career advancement.
“Working abroad offers the chance to gain experience of other cultures and working styles, which is very important in a global economy where engineers are increasingly mobile and will work on international projects throughout their careers. Gaining experience on international projects early in your career can give you a competitive edge, as well as being very personally rewarding,” says a spokesman at Hays Engineering.
“The majority of employers will recognise the value of international experience,” they continue. “You will have gained not only new language skills and technical experience, but can use the experience to demonstrate your ambition and ability to adapt to a different culture and working environment.”
Working overseas has many advantages, including: