Pros and Cons of Working Overseas

working overseas

So you are considering a move overseas for employment purposes. How long are you planning on going for? What are the job prospects like in your country of choice? How much money, time and effort will it cost to move over? It is vital that all of these aspects are taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to move overseas. 

Considering a move overseas

Moving overseas is a huge, life changing experience that should not be taken lightheartedly. How will you settle? Are you likely to get homesick? Are you going alone or with friends/relatives? Do you have any family or friends out there? Many people who move overseas are so excited about the move that they forget to assess both the pros and cons of the move. Many are shrouded by the initial excitement and forget that with every good, there is usually a bad.... 

Pros and cons of working overseas


  • Exposure to a whole new culture that can inspire you and change your outlook on life
  • Offers a great way to make money
  • Travel opportunities become prolific
  • Ideal if you want a temporary experience in a new environment
  • Opportunity to learn a new language
  • Excellent way to meet new people and increase your social networks


  • Difficulty adjusting to a new culture, whether in the workplace or in day-to-day life
  • Cultural problems in the workplace
  • Cost of moving overseas can be high
  • Isolation may be experienced if you are there without your family or friends
  • If you are taking your family with you, they may struggle to adjust to a new environment
  • Too many unforeseen issues with where you live
  • Many of the work assignments are relatively short term (if you are looking for a more permanent solution to moving abroad, this could be more difficult than anticipated
  • You may find yourself thinking about your home country and the opportunities that you might be missing out on out there