You have an education and a set of skills. If you plan on moving overseas, you should know how those qualifications will translate to a career.
The first thing to seriously consider is hiring a quality global career coach for expats. They will be able to help you assess options and show you ways to broaden your prospects moving forward. In the mean time, lets look at one approach to exploring career paths:
Lets assume you have a degree in Environmental Science. Search for jobs that require a degree in that field. Some examples are; environmental educator, environmental engineer, environmental lobbyist, museum curator or naturalist, park ranger, recycling management, and waste disposal management. Make a list of all the careers that require your degree and work experience.
After you have made your list, eliminate those that do not appeal to you. This type of exploration requires you to know yourself very well. For example; Are you a people person or do you enjoy working alone? Do you like being indoors or would you rather be outside moving around?
After you have narrowed things down to a few careers you might enjoy, compare them for work environment, salary, and upward mobility.
Compare and Contrast
Lets examine two career paths for this degree field: Museum Curator & Recycling Management.
Museum Curator-(Bureau of labor and statistics)
We have two career paths to consider. And in doing a quick comparison we already note the following:
The Museum Curator path offers less pay, fierce competition, and minimal upward mobility, than a career in Recycling Management.
Ultimate Life Goals
However, the idea of "overseeing collections of historic items, acquiring research funding, and conducting public service activities" for a museum may appeal to you. You may have no interest at all in being a recycling manager. Why not choose something you love doing, if given the opportunity? Katherine Whitehorn said; "Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it".
Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it - Katherine Whitehorn
Most of us have bills to pay, so one option to consider is choosing the position that is easiest to acquire now, knowing that the Museum Curator job, (or whatever your dream career may be) is your ultimate goal. With this plan you get to pay your bills, gain valuable experience, and place yourself in a position to meet influential people.
Ask your self a lot of questions when exploring careers. Is this a temporary job or could this be a life time career? Do I enjoy the environment? Does it fit my personality? Will I be challenged? Will I be bored? Will being an expat make this career more challenging or will my particular set of skills be more desirable?
Your success is our goal. E-mail us today and let one of our certified trainers assist you in developing your career path.
U Diverse can help you make the change. We provide in-depth coaching from ICF-certified coaches and trainers who speak French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German. Take action and get matched with our coaches today with us today. Call us on +31 6 55 83 24 42 and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and check our website: www.udiversecoaching.com
About U Diverse’s founder: Magali Toussaint is the founder of U Diverse. She is an ICF-certified leadership and career coach, cross-cultural trainer and job search strategist with an extensive career in recruitment, HR, diversity, and education. She has also helped international organizations on their talent acquisition strategies and diversity plans. She has lived and worked in over four countries. To learn more, visit her Linkedin profile at linkedin.com/in/magalitoussaint
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