5 Great Reasons To Work Abroad

According to a recent study by global staffing firm Randstad, only one in five Hong Kong employees view traveling for work as an added value to their job. On the face of it, 78% might seem a rather large number, but as with all statistics, the devil is in the detail.

This actually placed Hong Kong’s view of working abroad as the second most negative amongst Asian nations. Perhaps surprisingly, at the other extreme, employees in China strongly see the value of traveling for work, with a huge 98% believing that international work adds value to their job.

This might seem surprising, as employees in an international hub like Hong Kong are usually expected to be open to a certain amount of work mobility. In fact, PwC has forecasted international talent mobility to increase by over 50% by the time we hit the year 2020.

Could it be the case that Hong Kong is such a good place to work in and of itself, that nobody wants to leave to go elsewhere? An HSBC study certainly gives credence to that, having recently crowned Hong Kong the best place for expats looking to move up the career ladder to work. Maybe once people get here, they just don’t want to leave, and for the same reasons, those employed locally don’t look outwards either?

Well, they should! Here are five benefits of working abroad.

1. Learning

Whether this be something obvious, like the local language, or something more specific to your profession such as local regulations, policy, process and procedure, working in another country is clearly an expansion of one’s professional learning and development. Global executive search firm Korn Ferry has previously reported that 31% of international business executives are bilingual. This is a clear example that language skills are going to have a positive influence on your ability to climb the career ladder. English is the first language for many, which makes Hong Kong a home away from home in terms of communication – with English being so widely used. Throwing yourself into an environment where the local language is more of a challenge can be very rewarding.