Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The International Mystique

Thinking of quitting your present seemingly boring job and pulling up stakes to move to Europe where you will find excitement and make good money? What about taking off for a few years to travel and work your way around the world? Maybe you want to join the Peace Corps?

Perhaps you would like to land one of those high paying jobs in the Middle East that you've heard about? Or maybe you are committed to some important international causes, such as world hunger, population planning, health care, rural development, environmental issues, or refugee resettlement, that could use your energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive.

For more than 25 years we have pursued international jobs and careers. We've lived and worked abroad, counseled others on how to find international jobs, and assisted others in re-entering the U.S. domestic job market. We've fashioned an exciting career and lifestyle that enables us to regularly work abroad while maintaining our career base in the U.S. We've met our share of

interesting and intelligent international entrepreneurs; social dropouts; those possessed with a cause; individuals obsessed with becoming culturally neutral and linguistically competent; and a wide range of expatriates, short-termers, tourists, and travelers who are all doing something interesting in the international arena.

We've served as employees to others' organizations as well as freelanced and engaged in our own form of entrepreneurship. We've frequently wondered how others ever got involved with international jobs, and what continues to drive them in pursuing such careers. And we regularly hear from numerous individuals who seek to break into the international job market after having been struck with the travel bug, a case of wanderlust, a sense of mission, or a yearning to do something different, challenging, unique, or exotic.

They are the ultimate career risk-takers who are not obsessed with their careers. Many reject the conventional model of the "successful job seeker."