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What elements to look for in your next international working environment

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May 29, 2023

Moving abroad to start an international career can be an exciting experience, offering personal and professional growth opportunities for foreign employees. As the world becomes more interconnected, people explore new and innovative work practices by gaining exposure to diverse working ecosystems. On the other hand, employers seek to hire international talent, to diversify their workforce and expand their operations globally. And while that’s true for businesses, employees looking to start a career in an international working environment should look for the right employer to support their growth and success. 

It might come as a cliché, but the organizational culture of the company will have a key role in shaping your experience abroad. A strong culture that celebrates differences and provides equal opportunities for all employees can make a significant impact on your international career in a new country. Research the company’s values and vision to ensure they align with your goals and aspirations. You should also look for diversity and inclusion activities that the company organizes to promote a welcoming environment that fosters growth and success for all employees.

In addition to organizational culture, development opportunities are essential when starting a new career in a foreign country. Opting for a fast-paced, dynamic environment, such as a startup one, can offer you exposure to new international markets and cross-functional project leadership from the very beginning. This experience can significantly enhance your adaptability, flexibility, communication, and other skills. Additionally, innovative companies typically offer training and development programs to help employees advance their careers, allowing them to gain valuable experience in a new industry or field.

Location and language are critical factors when choosing your next international working environment. The first one can influence the company’s approach to business practices, social responsibility initiatives, or even trainings offered to employees. A company headquartered in a region that is known for its technological innovation, for instance, may offer more learning and development programs to help people keep up with the latest trends in this field. 

In a similar vein, a location rich in language diversity, is something very important to look for when considering moving abroad for work. Taking the example of Dialectica, we are present in 5 international locations, including Athens and Montreal, among others, cities that either are a trending destination for foreign employees or are situated in bilingual regions full of cultural and linguistic diversity. In this way, people starting their international career with us will find themselves working in a multilingual environment, with cross-cultural teams across the globe.

Finding the right international working environment is key to your success as a foreign employee. By prioritizing the above elements, you can find an employer that supports your growth and helps you achieve your career aspirations while, at the same time, allowing you to have a fruitful experience in a new country. Conduct thorough research and ask questions during the interview process to ensure you make an informed decision when choosing your future working environment abroad.

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