Is Working Abroad Always Wise ?

Is Working Abroad Always Wise ?

Every person aspires to go abroad, work and finally settle there. It is not impossible but yes difficult enough. Moreover the grass seems always greener on the other side. So before getting attracted to the greener portion of the grass, one must get through the darker side too.

While working in US you could put a lot of money in the bank only if your cost of living is extremely low. It is also true that working abroad gives you the ability to see the world. Talk it through with your spouse, parents, or friends before you rush into the decision. Are you sure ? What is really best move for your career and your life ? Think Think.

Low cost of living: As an educated and ambitious Indian, I am assuming that you are well placed in life. Low cost of living in India will allow you to maintain a high quality of life at a fraction of what it would cost you to maintain the same abroad.  

The disadvantages of working abroad are as follows:

1. Lot of money is required: for working abroad and settling a hefty amount is required. So,this becomes an initial hindrance to work overseas.
2. International business does not stick with a person for long.  And such type of fluctuation in work is a great barrier. It diverts ones mind.

3. Feeling of loneliness and no stability: Missing the old friends and family i.e. feeling homesick badly is the common thing. One has to fight all such emotions to move ahead.

Keep in mind is that your emotional ties with your homeland however weak they might be, still exist. And absence makes the heart grow fonder. You may yearn to return to your country after a few years abroad. After all they do say that there’s no place like home.

4. Different cultures: As every country has it’s own culture, beliefs and values, understanding all those immediately is very difficult. So suffering from cultural shock is a great disadvantage of working abroad.

5. Learning new languages in short span: A person will not be able to understand and neither will be able to communicate well. If you’re in European countries, then you will have to learn at least a little bit of the local language.

6. Not able to enjoy the traditional holidays at homeland: Missing traditional festivals like Diwali, lohri and Christmas and so on is also sometimes frustrates a person and thus affects the work quality.

7. Living conditions: This is not always sure that you will get the best condition to live in as every country does not provide a person with good working condition.

8. No guarantee of getting a good position in another country: It is not necessary always that you will be relocated at the same post in the next country. One may even get less salary than the present.

9. Safety issues: No friends, no family, no social life. All such things should be taken into notice before leaving for abroad.

10. Taxes are often higher in foreign countries.

11. Learning new norms and laws: Every country has it’s own rules and norms of working. Adapting those new norms and laws within a blink of an eye is difficult. But if the norms are strict,one may fall into greater trouble.

12. Lower level jobs: One may get a lower level job or can even get menial work to do in the intial stages in case the experience in the homeland is not good enough.

Racism. While this is fast diminishing, unfortunately there are still some people. It is extremely rare that you will face discrimination on the basis of race, but the possibility still exists.

Entrepreneurship: India is a growing market and has many opportunities for starting your own company/venture. As an Indian citizen, you will find it much easier to set up a new business (with a relatively low starting capital) in India than you will if you want to do the same in a foreign nation.

The support system and network that you have in place in India (friends and family) is not available abroad. While it is true that you can build one over time, it is not the same as what you had already built up while growing up in India.
Having grown up in India, you have an intuitive understanding of how the system(s) work(s). If you move and settle abroad, there is a re-learning involved in how to navigate bureaucratic hurdles as well as how society functions.