One of the frustrating challenges with helping people to work internationally is that right now, if you decide to work internationally after you’ve graduated from school, it’s not looked at as a viable career option. It’s not looked at like this is good for your career.
There’s this idea that, if you want to get abroad, it’s looked at as “You’re not serious about your career”, “You want to go travel”, “You want to go backpack”, and “You’re not really taking your life in the professional context seriously.”
I believe that it couldn’t be more wrong.
I believe that a big reason why this is the case is because there’s not really any role models to look at in terms of “this person traveled after they graduated from school, and then they went on to create a successful business, and now they’re incredibly successful”.
Who do we have to point to like that? Anthony Bourdain? – is he the guy we look at, if you want to go travel – that’s our role model?
I mean listen, I like Anthony Bourdain and all, but that’s not really who we’re going for when you’re saying to yourself that this traveling is a viable career option – instead of something like consulting, or investment banking, or getting a job in sales.
I think that’s a big problem because working internationally is fantastic for your career and I know a lot of people who have told me things like “working abroad after school helped me to leapfrog all those awkward 20’s when I didn’t really know what I was doing, when I was experimenting around and I didn’t really have the skillset.”
So if you’re about to graduate from school, or even after a few years out of school, and you still want to take that safe, tried-and-true path of something that’s been done before, I encourage you to question that and really think, ”if everybody is doing this, should I really be doing this or should I carve out a unique path and a unique destiny for myself?”