7 Reasons to Live and Work Abroad

John Smith

What would you do if you had the opportunity to live and work abroad? There are many reasons people dream of relocating to a foreign land; the fear of missing out, the chance to meet new people, days spent in the sun and the opportunity for new adventure.

Many fail to make it happen, overwhelmed by the technicalities of setting up home from scratch or the daunting prospect of having to make new friends. However, picking up your life and moving abroad can expose you to priceless experiences and opportunities.

Although this type of change will be the adventure of a lifetime, you should conduct in-depth research about how to move abroad, the country and the city you will be calling home. Here are the 7 reasons why we think relocating is beneficial to both you and your career:

1. Personal growth

When you move to a new country, you’ll be faced with challenges on a daily basis – from finding somewhere to live to developing friendships in an unknown city. These new situations and settings may seem daunting at first but it is the best way to grow as an individual!

2.Global networking

Relocating to a foreign country will result in you making a wealth of international connections. You’ll meet locals, fellow expats from all around the world and other like-minded individuals. Making new friends will result in you broadening both your professional and personal network.

FDM’s global network means we have a large community of people around the world who may at one time or another, have been in the same position as you. Our FDM community are always welcoming and on hand to give advice to those relocating to a new location.

3.  Culturally immersive

Immersing yourself in the local culture is the ultimate learning experience. Being exposed to new cultures in such depth will give you an invaluable perspective in all aspects of life including work.

4. Travel opportunities

New and exciting travel destinations become available when you relocate but the concept of ‘travel’ doesn’t have to be a plane ride away, this could be exploring your own neighbourhood. Every day will be a new adventure!

5. CV enhancing

Gaining work experience in a different country to your own can demonstrate key skills to future employers. If you move for a new job it shows that you are flexible, adaptable and not afraid to take risks. If you perform successfully in a new job then you’ve demonstrated that you can succeed in a different economy. Working abroad helps your CV stand out among competitors.

6. Discover new interests

Living in a new country offers many new activities and interests that you may have never discovered. You could find that you have an undiscovered talent for water sports, tennis, skiing, hiking or various other sports you may not have tried back home.

This is the time to get out of your comfort zone and try new things!

7. Lifelong friends

One of the biggest benefits of living abroad is the friendships you’ll build with your fellow expats and co-workers. You will meet people from all walks of life and from all around the world. These meaningful friendships will last a lifetime!


Relocating abroad isn’t always easy, but it is rewarding. You will embark on a new adventure exploring new cities, countries, cultures, food, languages and people. Always remember that as your employer, the FDM team is behind you to find your placements, advice and support you along the way!

The more varied your surroundings and the people you interact with, the more opportunity there is to have life enduring experiences, build lifelong relationships and make the most of your professional career.

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Updated 20 March, 2017