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Stuart Birkwood

Megan, There are so many great reasons to work abroad it would take days to highlight them all! After stints in the US, Poland, Finland and now Saudi Arabia i feel the main ones for me are 1./ Expanding your personal horizons 2./ Enhancing the quality of life for your family 3./ Building long lasting friendships 4./ Setting the foundations of Financial security. 5./ Having FUN! Hoping this fits the bill and keep up the great Twitter posts! Stuart


Hi Stewart,

Great to see you here! I hope things are well in Saudi Arabia at Starwood.

Thanks so much for sharing your reasons for working abroad with everyone.

I too agree quality of life is a top reason for choosing to be an expat.

I also love the learning that comes with operating in different cultures - everything can become an adventure!

Coaching across cultures only amplifies the opportunity to explore different perspectives and learn.

Don't be a stranger!

My best,



It was my husband's career that took us abroad initially and his career certainly took a significant leap forward. As a family it's been a great success for us, our son got an excellent education, I was able to be a full-time mom for a while and financially it was lucrative. I gave up my career initially, but have learned a great deal and recently rejoined the workforce (overseas) in a new career.

However, thirteen years after the adventure began we now realize we have probably burned our boats with respect to ever working in our home country again (although we do plan to retire there). Our resumes are all about overseas projects which don't seem relevant to employers back home. You touch on this concern from would-be expats in your article and I think it's a valid one. At some point you can pass the point of no return.


Hi Judy,

Thanks for your comments!

I invite you to question your belief that you have burned your boats with respect to ever working in your home country again.

I would have to disagree with you - experience with my own clients in this regard gives me evidence to support an alternative perspective to yours.

There are things to do to begin to build those bridges....what might one thing you could do right away on this front?

Keep in touch and let me know how things are going,



I am currently working for an international company in the states, and my boyfriend is living in argentina. I would like to move there with him, and am exploring opportunities with my company. Working remotely in the states is not the same as working from a different country. Do you have any advice or recommendations on how to approach or communicate with them? I am very determined and passionate to make this work :)


"Working abroad can give you invaluable experience that will not only help you differentiate yourself from your competitors (a key element of a strong personal brand), but will help you develop skills sets valued by employers. One study done by Hays recruitment indicated that over 80% of professionals who worked abroad felt that it helped them in their careers."

This is so true. The experiences and skills you can learn from working in other countries can look very good to employers. Not to mention, you may learn how to approach things with a different perspective!

Megan Fitzgerald

Hi Jenna,

Many thanks for your comment.

In today's marketplace, international experience is not just valued - in certain cases it is expected.

Everyone can be served by working abroad - though they should only do it if they feel it will enhance their personal life as well. Being unhappy abroad can be a difficult place to be.

My best,

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