You’re a creature of habit and comfort. You prefer your gadgets without Bluetooth or WiFi, you like your coffee in a mug that says “Ask Me After My Coffee” and refuse to start an Instagram account. Due to your temperament, I understand that you would be apprehensive to move anywhere let alone a developing country…;but honestly there are a lot of completely awesome reasons to take a job in a developing or third world country.
The biggest benefit to moving and getting a job anywhere that is completely different from your native land is that you will experience a completely different culture. Once you move you will be privy to completely new and novel experiences related with food, language, music and entertainment. Oh, sorry, I forgot you’re a reality show and Doritos type of person. Well, that’s fine, your loss.
2. It’s Challenging
Although this is probably true for any relocation, packing up and moving to a new location tests your resilience, ingenuity and self-reliance. Even more so in countries where you might not find the amenities that you are used to at home, the foods you enjoy or the people that were part of your social group. No, I’m pretty sure your company won’t pay for your buddy Matt’s ticket and no, you can’t declare a crate of Doritos as a carry-on. All these challenges will test you, but if you succeed in assimilating to the local culture it will be infinitely beneficial for you in the future. Should I mention that employers salivate over candidates with diverse and interesting work experience?
Corporations in developed countries are a multi-tiered and often faceless; you never quite feel the affect your work has within the community or the impact it has on the client. Due to the social structure in developing countries you have a much more boots on the ground type of experience ;this is especially true if your work is of social relevance. The appreciation you will feel from mentoring and training individuals in your respected field is infinitely satisfying and rewarding. Don’t take my word for it, just read Ivan Damnjanovic’s essay about working in a developing country.
4. Possibility of Growth
Developing countries generally have slew of burgeoning industries and if you manage to get in on the ground floor then the only way to go is up. If you’re in the right place at the right time your ascension in business can be meteoric, like Japan after the Second World War or even China; it is still considered a developing country even though it’s the second largest economy in the world (China had previously a more than contentious relationship with capitalism). These blossoming economies aren’t saturated and more importantly not controlled (well, not as much) as they are in the developed world.
5. Expanding Horizons
Ultimately, the best argument towards getting a job in a developing country is the opportunity to expand both your professional and personal horizons, you will make lasting profound relationships with people that you would otherwise never had met had you not travelled. Although a clichÃ©, it’s true that you always reap what you sow.
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