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Are jobs overseas better than the US?

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Donal’s Answer

There is a big difference between terms and conditions on average US employee contracts and contracts in Europe for example.

Usually the holidays are longer, maternity/paternity leave is included and can be up to 1-2 years in some nordic countries. Security within your job would be higher as employees have more rights v's an 'at will' contract which doesn't give you many rights in the US. US companies do not contribute as much to pensions as other European countries. Likewise, medical insurance is cheaper to purchase in Europe and is included on most contracts.

Overall it really depends what industry you are in though as you might get better exposure/experience in a US company.

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Molly’s Answer

Hi Tierra,  you'd need to first define what "better" means to you.  I'd recommend you identify what you want to get out of a job first - is it a high salary, room for advancement, learning opportunities, good benefits, or a solid work life balance?  There is a big difference between jobs in the US and elsewhere - related to working hours, pensions, worker rights, etc.  Define what's important to you, then we can find the right place for you to be!

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Define what you want in a job/career.
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Identify possible locations you'd want to work.
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Search for typical attributes of jobs in different locations -- for example search for "typical work hours for a doctor in France".
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