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Bastian’s Answer

Hello Arfiana,

You´re question is not that easy to answer, as it depends on how you define a "global carreer" and what you try to achieve, by adding the "international" angle to your work.

You certainly can work "international" in different context ...

1. You could work for a multinational company (a company operating in different countries) - in this case you should be fluent in English, as this is likely to be the corporate language (with some exceptions). As everyone is attracted by such big players, you typically have to be really good in what you are doing (so having expertise already, or being otherwise unique), to increase your chance to get hired. Some multinationals offer trainee or dual study programs for "newbies".

2. You could work for a local company, with international clients, which does not necessarly require to leave your country. Your key "selling argument" beyond language skills could be cultural knowledge of your future clients ... maybe you have been in a foreign country for a foreign semester, have family ties to there, or took language classes?

3. You could just work for a company abroad (wich not necessary is a big/multinational). In this case it is key to speak the local language. A strong argument for a foreign company to hire you would be if this company does business with your home-country, without having a physical presence there - in this case your language skills and knowledge of the country would be a big asset.

A work history with a foreign company, or a multinational, both are good adds to the CV of a youg carreer!

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Nick’s Answer

Coming from a career where I managed 100 engineers in 27 cities, 12 countries, I will try to be brief. First of all you need to join a company with a global footprint or at least global customers. Ask at the interview if the position has any global potential. Your language skills, spoken and written must be good, most commonly in English. However, consider the real span of your global experience to know the right language.

In my experience, global work is more about the process of getting the work done. It may be about using resources in lower cost locations or where the talent is stronger. It could be about getting work done faster in a "follow the sun" culture where work is done during the day in one location and reviewed "overnight" in another, content added yet in another. You will need some knowledge of file sharing and file management systems, not necessarily a specific system, but expect to learn how the company operates. Due to theses systems and other communication systems, the need to travel has declined.

To be successful it requires honesty about schedules, trust to share ideas and patience where communication is difficult. A modest sense of humor, self awareness and respect for other cultures will help everyone get along. Nowadays it's more likely than not, that your work will have a global aspect. If you embrace it and show you have the skills to leverage it with good results your global career will develop.

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Deborah D.’s Answer

Global careers offer unique opportunities for growth and expansion. The excitement of a new project in a foreign destination can be exciting, but know in advance that you will have to work hard. Your interpersonal skills combined with good communication will write your ticket to success.

Try to narrow down what some of your core interests are. This will help to direct you to meet with the companies that spark your creative energy.

Have you traveled anywhere that was memorable? What does your vision of yourself in your new job look like? What are you doing?

Your question is pretty open so I am not sure what you are looking for. Hope this helps.

Deborah D. recommends the following next steps:

Research some global career job postings
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Consider joining a global career group or Facebook page
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Linkedin has several groups
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Simeon’s Answer

One of the quicker ways that I am aware of to get into a global career is to join one of the big four accounting/advisory firms: KMPG, PwC, Deloitte, or EY. They can help you establish yourself in an international career, especially if you let your career team know that is your goal from early on. These firms have expansive international presences and will be great bets for ending up in whichever country you have in mind. I'd also recommend getting an idea of which specific countries you'd like to visit so that you can do more detailed research about the firms and industries that would help you make that leap most easily.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Arfiana,

You have gotten some good information from my peers who contributed. I would like to add my thoughts.

Working in a global career can be interesting. I would ask you to consider what you mean by global. I have worked from the US with coworkers in countries around the world. I didn't have to leave my home in Texas, USA, to be engaged globally. When you have peers that are not from your country, you need to consider how you may need to change your communication style. For me, I found power in learning and applying knowledge of Global English. This is an article about making content easy to translate as an example: https://vocalinkglobal.com/global-english-for-translation/. The rules here are very interesting since many people that you work with internationally will not speak English as fluently as me. I have to remind myself that they will be translating what i write into their native language. If my English is simple and direct, then their mental translation will be more accurate. Then comprehension will be achieved.

If you want to travel and work in other countries, then there are some things that you want to consider. There are some great books on culture which help with working internationally. Here are a few books that i recommend: Global Dexterity by Andy Molinsky, Managing Across Cultures by Solomon and Schell, and Cultural Agility by Paula Caliguiri. These books tell you about how to work with people, which is the foundation of every job in the world. I would say to be successful in a a global environment, you should be someone who is well versed in differences across countries and cultures. You need to have a global mindset. One of the online tools that I have used is https://www.rw-3.com/. Their Culture Wizard allows you to quickly see how countries differ in key areas. I would say read as much as you can about working in global environments.

Finally, I would say being multi-lingual can be a competitive advantage. I speak two languages and have studied an additional three. Learning a language can tell you a great deal about another culture.

As you can see, I didn't really mention specific jobs. I focused on people. And graphic design can speak to people, but you need to know the language of the culture that you are trying to impact. You have to know about cultural norms that some countries relate to colors. In the USA, the combination of red, white, and blue elicits pleasure and pride because it is the colors of a flag that we care a great deal about. Green is associated with money. Red is about warning or power. That is just culture. Some images that you use in graphic design will delight one culture and offend another. That goes back to an interest and knowledge of people in your audience. You are also interested in business. Business relationships can be made or destroyed by using proper cultural norms when being introduced for the first time.

I hope that you find your way into an International job. I have visited 17 countries and enjoyed working with partners around the world. I work in Learning and Development as an Instructional Designer. I have created training that has been translated into nine languages. It takes knowledge and purpose to be successful in an International space. Good luck.

Gloria

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Vineeth’s Answer

Hi Arfiana ,

There’s no roadmap to success, but these tips will set you on the right track.

* Get social and get connected
* Open your mind and see what’s out there
* Make meaningful connections through face-to-face networking
* Build trust through open communication and exceed client expectations
* Build a career in a new country.
* Gain exposure through design competitions.

Hope this Helps , All the Best


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Alfredo’s Answer

Dear Arfiana:

As you gain more experience, you need to define better how does a global career satisfies your changing interests and personal circumstances. I will list some examples from my career , which show how I evolved. They all had its pros and cons at the time a made those choices.

1. Become a visiting auditor from the US into Mexico for newly acquired bank (Short term, Mexico DF)
2. Open a new business unit in northern Mexico from the US (Mid term, Monterrey)
3. Consider become Country Manager for Italy (permanent, Milan)
4. Strategy Advisor for Europe Region (permanent, multiple short term projects in EU)
5. Managing Consultant Southern Europe (permanent, Madrid, Lisbon and Milan)

Some commonalities for the above examples are having content and specialty knowledge were key to be successful whichever assignment I chose. Depending on duration and role of the assignment language becomes more relevant. Last but not least is flexibility, as business and cultures will vary widely and to get things done you need to adapt. If you relocate elsewhere, then this becomes a personal investment.

Alfredo recommends the following next steps:

1. Define what kind of expertise are you building in your current studies and potential internships. How do they relate or be of interest to global footprint companies where you live or beyond
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2. Based in your interests, what king of global experience would like to experience first
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3. What target companies, networking contacts and other support resources do you need to further explore
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4. Understand and ultimately map a pragmatic approach of what it takes for employment and relevant experience that you are seeking
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5. Work on any must haves and requirements like language or any other certification
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