I found an article about young British expats moving abroad after graduating. They chose to work overseas after graduating and not finding work at home, and many in the U.K. voiced their concerns over this recent trend. The article, written by Lizzie Fane on Telegraph.co.uk, takes another perspective:
An increase in the number of graduates finding their first job abroad should not be a concern. On the contrary, we should be celebrating the fact that British graduates have the confidence to work abroad… an international experience is incredibly valuable for a graduate’s career. They are able to learn the local language, create an international network of contacts, and gain an intimate understanding of another culture.
Lizzie makes an excellent point and it’s one that needs to be considered by those that want a career in many industries. Many companies, large or small, require their managers to have international experience. In many you can only advance so far without it. So yes, young Brits… go abroad and get that international experience. Do it while you are young and have enough of a sense of adventure to do it. And, it will make the specter of having to do it later in life less daunting should it be required of you to do so again. I seem to remember that there is a centuries-old tradition of the British being fearless when it came to seeking their fortunes abroad. Perhaps it’s in the DNA?