Brighton School of Business and Management Student Newsletter July 2010
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Many of our students study for qualifications to help them with their aim of obtaining a post overseas, in order to enhance their career experience, as well as to travel and experience new cultures.
There are many opportunities for temporary work, longer term contracts of up to 3 or 4 years, and permanent posts. The main growth areas are the Middle East, China, India, and much of Africa, all of which offer exciting opportunities for mature, qualified professionals, in most business sectors.
This month’s theme is about finding work abroad and on managing work and life activities after the move has been made.
The following sections have been prepared by our Management tutor team, partly from our own articles, partly from articles from the sites shown on the left:
Working Overseas Overview
Working abroad can be an exciting, rewarding and horizon broadening experience; and if you take the time to plan ahead carefully before you go, you will make your transition into the overseas work place a smooth and successful one.
If you’re considering relocating overseas to take up a temporary assignment or you’d like to move abroad permanently and find work there are basically three main aspects of expatriation that you need to think about before you make your move and this article examines them for you.
Unless you’re being relocated by your employer to a fixed location you will quickly discover that it’s a big wide world and you therefore have a great deal of choice when considering which country best suits your lifestyle and employment requirements. In an effort to narrow down your search a little consider any country you’re interested in view of the following considerations: –
i) The location’s distance from your home country and your family and friends – remember that there will be times you want or need to return home and/or to catch up with old faces. How easy and affordable will it be for you to go ‘back home’ should the need arise and how simple will it be for your friends and family to come and visit you?
ii) The weather – some countries are more or less hospitable in weather terms and someone who originally heralds from Tropical North Queensland may find it a struggle to cope with the wet, grey winters in England for instance and someone from Canada may find is a shock coping with the searing summer temperatures in Spain. Thinking about your ideal overseas location from a weather perspective may well cut down your choices!
iii) Your family – particularly if you’re expatriating with children you’ll need to think carefully about the healthcare and education facilities available overseas and also about getting your essential insurances in place before you go. Some countries are more expensive and restrictive than others…bear this in mind.
iv) Language barriers – if you’re considering moving to a country where the mother tongue is other than your own will this restrict your employment prospects? Can you overcome this by learning the language before you go or do you need to reconsider your destination?
Are you a professional in a given industry or do you have a flexible skill set that will allow you to seek work in many different sectors? Do your qualifications translate favourably and transfer directly overseas? What sectors would you like to work in, in which countries can you find work in a profession that suits you?
These are all questions you have to consider carefully. Next, if you’re moving overseas permanently you need to be practical and realistic and consider the long term employment prospects for you, your spouse and any other family members accompanying you…if you can find employment today how easy will it be to change employer or advance your career later in life?
You should then examine your desired location carefully and determine whether or not you need work permits, residency visas and permission to work and live abroad, if so you should get the ball rolling and apply as soon as possible in case of any paperwork and administrative delays.
Also consider the taxation and financial aspects of working abroad…remember that if you’re moving to a low cost country the economy will likely pay lower wages than you’re used to, will these be sufficient to sustain your ideal lifestyle?
Last but not least is the thought of finding somewhere to live abroad. By now you’ll have a clear favorite in the location stakes but now you need to examine the property market and whether it’s easy and affordable to rent accommodation when you first arrive and whether, long term, it’s possible for foreign residents to purchase freehold property abroad.
If you’re planning on moving abroad permanently you’ll also need to think about moving your household belongings and personal effects with you, and what about transporting your pets overseas too?
There are many relocation companies who specialise in relocating individuals and families abroad, these companies have a fantastic skills base to assist you with every single aspect of the process. If on the other hand you’re on a budget or looking to work abroad for a shorter period of time use the internet to find forums and information sites dedicated to expats, working abroad and the particular countries you’re interested in and you’ll quickly be amazed at the wealth of invaluable information out there.
Rhiannon Williamson is a freelance writer based in Cyprus whose many articles about living and working abroad have appeared in expatriate publications around the world. Read her latest articles at:
Voluntary Work Overseas
Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways you can make a real difference to people living in the toughest circumstances. Most people join a voluntary work scheme because they want to give something back and find they get much more in return.
Organisations that arrange this type of work sends volunteers rather than money. These organisations, such as VSO, work on long-term, sustainable solutions. And volunteers are how they do it. Nothing compares with the satisfaction of translating generosity into practical, life-changing achievements.
Make a difference
Volunteering means that you have the chance to really make a difference to the way that others live and work, for the rest of their lives. You also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a lasting impression – your contribution to fighting poverty and disadvantage lives on after you through the lives you touch.
And by understanding others’ difficulties and dedicating time to tackling them together, you gain new skills, witness fresh approaches to all sorts of situations, and acquire greater confidence to draw on in the future.
Build a fairer world
Volunteering is a hands-on way of building a fairer world, one that allows you to get out of your usual routine and experience a culture that’s often different from your own.
If you are interested in volunteering work overseas, visit these websites:
Personal Stories of Volunteers
To learn how rewarding an overseas volunteer post can be, this link will take you to the blogs of many volunteers who describe their personal experiences: http://www.vsointernational.org/life-changing-stories/blogs.asp
The Internet expands your job search from a single dimension to a multi-dimensional being.
It stretches your connections across local, state, and even national borders and gives you access to sites, resources, and possibilities you may not have considered.
It isn’t necessarily easy, but it is an enhancement you cannot afford to skip. Just remember that no single site, service, or resource will contain everything you need for a fully effective online job search. The benefits are:
· You can access current information at all hours of the day or night
· You can take your search far beyond your regular boundaries
· You can make use of business networking and job sites
· You can meet new people in your profession or business sector
· You can explore career options you might not have considered
Before you can go online, you need to know exactly what it is you are searching for. You need a list of Keywords, the actual terms you will enter into search boxes all over the Internet. There are two ways to help build this list of keywords.
Create your resume. Not only will this help you think this through, you’ll need that resume when you find a job opportunity online. If it isn’t yet done take the time to do it before going online.
Think about What, Who, and Where. These questions will define your job search, allowing you to focus on specifics instead of wasting time on generalities.
What Do You Want to Do? What Can You Do? (Skills and Occupations)
What skills do you have, what interests, etc. Identify general occupations that interest you, not specific job titles.
Who Do You Want to Work For? (Industries and Employer Preferences)
What industry interests you, what type of employer? There may be specific companies you want to target, or business sectors.
Where Do You Want to Live and Work? (Location)
Explore different regions or specific countries.
Here are some sites that could be useful places to start your research:
Opportunities during the Economic Crisis
Professionals continue to find jobs outside their home countries despite the recession, reveals recent survey
You may have heard the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” It appears that is exactly what professionals around the world are doing.
A newly-released survey says professionals are not experiencing too much difficulty when it comes to looking for work outside their home countries. Mid- to senior- level specialists also says they are still finding jobs, despite the global recession.
According to the 2010 Hydrogen Global Professionals on the Move Report, more than 3,000 professionals from 76 nations said they were actively looking for work abroad or had already found jobs outside their home countries. Of that group, 60 percent said the global recession had no impact on their job search.
More women work abroad
The study included men and women from Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East; most over 31 years old. According to this report, while more men were willing to work abroad; more women were actually working abroad.
Abigail Waudby, the director of Hydrogen Group Singapore office, explains: “We’re seeing companies increasingly focus on gender diversity, particularly at the more senior end of the professional market. This creates a lot of opportunity for successful females to mobilise their careers, especially in Asia and the Middle East, where the shortage of senior level female professionals is greater.”
Expats need to widen job search arenas
According to the Hydrogen report, most respondents listed the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia among their most desired places to relocate. However, recruitment consultants say both men and women, looking for work abroad, need to widen their job search arenas.
The experts say there is a greater demand right now for elite professionals in countries such as Singapore and United Arab Emirates. But recruiters are reporting less demand for elite professionals in countries such as the United States.
In terms of why these professionals wanted to move abroad; the reasons were both personal and professional. Some said they wanted to ‘fast track’ their careers; while others wished to improve their quality of living.
“The busier people are, the higher the value they place on issues like quality of life” says Claudia Jonczyk, Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at ESCP Europe, School of Management.
Some trends don’t change
The findings of the 2010 Hydrogen study are quite similar to what we learned from Expatica readers prior to the financial crisis. In a 2007 Expatica – Cranfield School of Management survey, Expatica readers, of various work levels, told us virtually the same thing.
Their motivation to relocate abroad was also fuelled by personal and professional reasons.
Of the 522 respondents in our survey, 42.6 percent indicated a considerable to strong desire to simply ‘see the world;’ while another 46.4 percent wanted to grow their careers.
Whatever the motivation to relocate abroad, recruitment experts say a solid plan for a successful move is essential.
Marketing and HR Director for Hydrogen Group, Andrea Sevenoaks says: “Professionals who are serious about moving abroad need to be more serious in how they go about it.”
Article by Jeannette Jordan / Expatica find more at: www.expatica.com
All of the qualifications offered in our portfolio are internationally recognised, and would be useful evidence to add to a CV – Resume being presented to an international employer.
However, most vacancies advertised internationally are for positions requiring applicants to have a blend of experience and qualifications, and that, by default, usually indicates that the qualifications required will be at a reasonably high level.
With this in mind, our Level 5 Diplomas in Management, Leadership, Marketing and Human Resource Management, our Level 7 Masters level Advanced Diploma in Management Studies, would all fall into this category.
In addition, our Level 5 CQI Diploma in Quality Management, our Level 6 Diploma in Project Management, and our ACCA and CIMA Professional Accountancy qualifications, would also qualify.
Any of these qualifications would be found attractive by employers around the world.
For details of these courses, please visit:
Study Resources of the Month
As this issue is focused on Working Abroad here are some recommendations related to that topic:
Guardian Guide to Working Abroad
Publisher: A & C Black
Working Abroad: The Complete Guide to Overseas Employment and Living in a New Country
Jonathan Reuvid. Publisher: Kogan Page
Almanac of International Jobs & Careers: A Guide to Over 1001 Employers! : 2nd Edition (Almanac of International Jobs and Careers)
Ronald L. Krannich and Caryl Rae Krannich. Publisher: Impact Publications
On our website we now have a direct link to the Amazon Management Books section ~ to use this go to our Study Bookshops page.
Please see the links, above in the left hand column, for websites that contain valuable information, articles, reports, case studies, and reflections on Leadership.
Student Recommended Resources
Related to last month’s topic of Leadership:
“…. enormous amount of about Leadership … www.mindtools.com”
our thanks to Ruhla
“… interesting articles on Leadership … try this link: http://www.businessweek.com/managing/company/business_leadership/”
our thanks to Fahad
Quotes from the Gurus
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”
Useful Study Links
Each of the websites listed here have a range of articles, reports, case studies, discussions, best practice checklists, and links to other sites
advice, guidance, articles, on working overseas
international development volunteering charity with regional and country offices around the world
portal site for volunteer posts around the world
organiser of short professional assignments in Central America, South Asia, West Africa, Eastern Europe
country and regional guides for expatriate job seekers
Australian guide, but relevant advice for anyone considering working overseas
wide range of resources, articles, and links on international jobs and background information
the world’s largest job search website, covering every region
country specific career and employment information, vacancy listings, corporate profiles, career development resources, for over 30 different countries
news and information for expatriate workers around the world