Challenging, exciting, addictive, and sometimes dangerous, international jobs are particularly appealing for certain types of individuals. For many, these jobs are both personally and financially rewarding. Many would not trade their present international job and lifestyle for any job back home. Some become international nomads, obsessed with travel, new adventures, and living in exotic societies and cultures.
Indeed, for those who have lived and worked abroad, it is often difficult to communicate to others the uniqueness, excitement, challenge, and satisfaction of the international experience. A very personal, internalized experience for many people, working abroad is a unique form of entrepreneurship.
After a few months of returning home, many of these individuals soon experience an unexplained yearning to get back into the international job market so they can once again travel the globe to be challenged and to experience something different. Even those who have returned home for five or ten years often get the urge to return to what was one of the most exciting times of their worklife. Many will take almost any job just to get back to living and working abroad. Not surprising, jobs back home seem boring compared to many jobs encountered abroad.
In many respects, the international employment arena is the last great frontier for striking out on one's own. It's filled with myths, martyrs, misfits, and missionariesa particular breed of job seeker that is simultaneously fascinating and frustrated. We can think of few other employment arenasother than perhaps Hollywoodthat generate so many unrealistic job seekers who are high on fantasies and motivation but low on information and skills.
But being unrealistic is not necessarily negative for an international job search. Ironically, it is the dreams, fantasies, and unrealistic expectationscoupled with an unending drive, persistence, and entrepreneurial spiritthat successfully lead many such job seekers into the international job market. They often confound career counselors with their restlessness, sense of mission, and commitment to "go international" despite all odds and their general lack of goals, skills, and information. Setting goals based upon dreams rather than on an established pattern of motivations, skills, and experience, these people tend to defy standard career planning and job search methods.
The international employment arena is filled with myths, martyrs, misfits, and missionariesa particular breed of job seeker that is simultaneously fascinating and frustrated.