Many international jobs and careers are exciting and cannot be duplicated in your domestic setting. For many individuals, there's nothing more exciting and personally fulfilling than completing a much needed irrigation project that will greatly improve the health and economic well-being of villagers in Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Ghana, Egypt, or Peru; constructing roads and exploring for oil in the jungles of New Guinea, Borneo, or Sumatra; working for a multinational corporation in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rome, or London to market new engineering products or promote banking services; practicing international law in Bangkok, Bombay, or Bonn; consulting on population planning programs in Africa and Asia; or importing arts and crafts from Morocco and Mexico.
Like travel in general, living and working abroad is a tremendous learning experience. While you may or may not get rich pursuing international jobs and careers, your life will be forever enriched by the people you meet the stories you accumulate and tell others, and the cultures and societies you learn about. While the international lifestyle may appear exciting, exotic, glamorous, and devoid of problems to outsiders, to many insiders it's a very personal and fulfilling experience.
However, living and working abroad is required for only certain types of international jobs. Other international jobs are based in the United States. For example, many international agencies and organizations maintain both field and headquarter operations; headquarters are often located in Washington, DC, New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. An international career with these organizations may involve rotation between field and headquarter locations or occasional travel to field sites abroad.
Living and working abroad is a tremendous learning experience. While you may not get rich pursuing international jobs and careers, your life will be forever enriched.
In the pages that follow, we attempt to capture much of the excitement along with the problems and pitfalls of international careers.
We're convinced that if we address the issues of motivation and goals head-on, you will be in a much better position to deal with various international job and career options. We will go beyond a mere listing of organizations which may or may not have a job for you nor provide you with the lifestyle you want. So join us as we take you on a journey into an exciting international job market as well as into your own motivations and goals for finding the job you want!