Many companies have international programs. Regardless of your industry, there’s a chance that your employer has opportunities to travel. The most enriching learning experiences often come from traveling abroad, but even travel within the country is an exciting way to open yourself to new growth.
One of the biggest benefits I found working abroad was that I was able to pick up new languages. I’m certainly not as fluent as a native speaker, but now I can hold basic conversations in German, Spanish, and Italian: something I never expected to be able to do.
Working abroad can be a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know the language. It’s an entirely new adventure. But that’s what makes it fun! There’s no easier way to change your perspective than by having a totally new experience.
At the same time, there are ways to ease the nervousness. One is by going on a mission with other company employees, rather than a solo excursion. That way, you know you’ll always have access to people who speak your language, know why you’re there, and can help with any problems you run into.
When you’re in another country, every single aspect of your life is a learning experience. You’re not tied to training manuals or software systems. For people who like to be challenged and try new things, it’s glorious.