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Gap year and going to work overseas pros and cons:

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Gap year and going to work overseas pros and cons:

Gap year is a year off after finishing school and before attending college. Most graduates make use of the year to further their knowledge or to improve their marks.  They can take pre-college math courses, language studies, volunteer work, travel, internships and more. This is done is improve their knowledge, maturity, decision making, leadership, independence and so much more. Graduates tend to do pre studying preparing for college or they will go traveling to see the world. Then there are those that will go and work overseas. By working overseas graduates will gain experience and independence. With every big decision there are advantages and disadvantages:

According to career addict the advantages and disadvantages are as follows:


1. Exposure to a whole new culture that can inspire you and change your outlook on life

2. Offers a great way to make money

3. Travel opportunities become prolific

4. Ideal if you want a temporary experience in a new environment

5. Opportunity to learn a new language

6. Excellent way to meet new people and increase your social networks


1) Difficulty adjusting to a new culture, whether in the workplace or in day-to-day life

2) Cultural problems in the workplace

3) Cost of moving overseas can be high

4) Isolation may be experienced if you are there without your family or friends

5) If you are taking your family with you, they may struggle to adjust to a new environment

6) Too many unforeseen issues with where you live

7) 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

8) You may find yourself thinking about your home country and the opportunities that you might be missing out on out there

According to jobmonkey the advantages and disadvantages are as follows:

Pros of Working Abroad:

a) Depending on your industry, there might be more options in foreign cities, meaning that you’re more likely to get hired.

b) If you move to a place where cost of living is extremely low, but continue to work for a U.S.-based office, you could put a lot of money in the bank.

c) Working abroad gives you the ability to see the world.

d) Many companies offer incentives to employees who are willing to move overseas, such as free housing or annual bonuses.

e) Moving overseas is the best way to learn a second language, and having this skill looks great on your resume when you’re job hunting in the future.

f) You might be able to find a location with awesome weather (depending on your preferences) – it’s like you’re always on vacation!

g) Working abroad makes it easier to become a citizen or otherwise legally stay in a country where you want to live.

h) Companies often offer management positions to employees who go overseas, while if you stay in the U.S., you might be third or fourth (or fifth or…) behind others who are qualified for the promotion as well.

Cons of Working Abroad:

a. It’s expensive to move to another country if you take your belongings with you (or store them back home). Not every company offers to pay for relocation.

b. It can be a hassle to go through the paperwork of moving to another country legally.

c. If you’re moving to a new country, you might not know anyone or even know the native language. It can also be jarring to adjust to a new culture.

d. If you feel homesick, it’s harder to visit friends and family if you’re coming from another country. In many cases, you’ll also be on a different sleep schedule than your loved ones, making it difficult to stay in touch.

e. It will be harder for your family to adjust to new schools or find a new job.

f. Taxes are often higher in foreign countries – though you may still pay in the U.S. instead of in your country of residence, depending on how long you live there.

g. You could miss out on a promotion at your home office if you’re busy working overseas.

h. Living conditions aren't great in every country – it depends on where you live.


By working overseas it is important to know what the advantages and disadvantages are. Do thorough research before going overseas. Find a safe place to stay that is close to the work. Understand the new culture that you are entering and adapt to it.

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