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Are jobs overseas better than the US?

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Thomas’s Answer

As someone who made the other journey and left France to come work in the US, I can speak to the general journey and what it takes, which should be relevant regardless of your destination.

For starters, I would recommend getting specific about your motivation for living and working abroad (better opportunities? experiencing a different lifestyle? etc.). Also, what are your career plans and how does moving abroad support them?

I've found that if you get the word out, keep and open mind, and seize the opportunity when it's presented to you, you'll find a path if you're truly committed to this journey. I first moved from France to the UK by expressing interest in working abroad to my management after the firm I was interning at was acquired by an English company. After a few years there, that UK company was acquired by a French company and I was ready for a change. They had offices abroad, so I again expressed my interest to my manager, and the word got out to the IT Manager in LA who was looking for someone with my experience.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Angel Francisco’s Answer

Hi Tierra,

I am of the general consensus that it would be beneficial for you to outline exactly what are you comparing jobs against. I have been an employee in a couple of countries, I worked a corporate job in Venezuela, open a small business in Bolivia, have had several jobs in various industries in multiple cities here in the US, and have friends working in various countries in Europe, Latin America, Canada and Arab Emirates.

Regardless of the working conditions of any other country, US Education is highly regarded in most countries and logistically it is sometimes harder to study abroad than to study at home. I understand education, tuition-wise, could also be less expensive abroad than in the US, so that is another thing to factor in.

My suggestion is that you better invest yourself in getting an education/certification/experience in your home country first, and then you research which countries offer better financial outlooks for you (if it is money we are talking about). Always take into account life quality too, for it is worthless to have a high-paid job when you can't go outside and enjoy life!

Hope this is helpful!
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Matthew’s Answer

Hi Tierra! There are plenty of jobs in both the US and over seas to choose from, so it is difficult to put any group of jobs over another group of jobs in terms of being "better." However, if you are willing to do it, working abroad is very beneficial, because being immersed in a different culture will teach you so much about life, and that can take you anywhere.
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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.

Donal recommends the following next steps:

Think about what industry specifically you want to compare
Think about what countries you want to compare
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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!

Molly recommends the following next steps:

Define what you want in a job/career.
Identify possible locations you'd want to work.
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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