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Chat Recap: Launching A Career Abroad

 Launching A Career Here Or Abroad(11/10/2011) 
7:09
Fox CT: 
Thanks for joining our chat!
In this difficult job market, more people are turning to other countries to launch a career. Stacie Nevadomski-Berdan wrote the book on this, and will join the chat during the Fox CT Morning Extra to give you tips.
You can start submitting questions or comments at any time.
Thursday November 10, 2011 7:09 Fox CT
9:28
Fox CT: 
Stacie is being interviewed right now on Fox CT Morning Extra, and will be joining momentarily.
Keep the questions coming!
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:28 Fox CT
9:35
Stacie: 
Hi - happy to be here to talk about international careers! I see that questions are starting to come in....
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:35 Stacie
9:42
[Comment From timtim: ] 
my mother has been out of work for alittle over a year now unemployment is messing with her she goes to ever job fair still cant find work this state needs to keep jobs here
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:42 tim
9:42
Stacie: 
International careers are not for everyone, and some people cannot leave the US. But for those who can -- especially young professionals -- working abroad is a terrific option.
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:42 Stacie
9:43
[Comment From Ray WilliamsRay Williams: ] 
What kind of jobs are available for mid-level manager or an environmental conservation technician
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:43 Ray Williams
9:43
Stacie: 
Mid-level managers have a lot to offer organizations with a significant amount of technical skills in your field. The objective is to determine which countries, companies or organizations and market sectors need your type of skills. With huge growth taking place in China over the past few years, they are beginning to see the effects of that growth and people are starting to request they do something about it. In addition Brazil is in the early stages of infrastructure and energy growth industries and will need experts to assist them in working through potential environmental issues and the rain forest. Start looking at companies that are involved in this growth and determine what their needs are. Good luck!
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:43 Stacie
9:46
[Comment From ianian: ] 
How tough is it to work for one of those companies that teach English in Korea? Do I need to know the language to do it?
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:46 ian
9:47
Stacie: 
First, teaching English is an excellent way to work internationally. It's a terrific way to acquire international experience and work on your own foreign language skills. Usually you do not need to speak the local language to teach English, but some knowledge will help. I would caution people interested in teaching abroad to 1) do your research & choose a credible company (I list quite a few in my book, Go Global! and will post a few links later on my site); and 2) Although teaching English is a good job, it isn't the most financially rewarding long-term so be sure to plan your next move 2-3 years into it.
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:47 Stacie
9:52
Stacie: 
You've touched on a very important point: Americans foreign language skills. While it is not always necessary to speak the local language of your new home, it helps. For example, I did not speak Cantonese (the dialect of Chinese spoken in HK) when I lived in Hong Kong but it would have helped. Now, increasingly to work in HK, a person needs either Mandarin (the official language of China) or outstanding professional skills that others don't have. And that's increasingly true for China. Everyone wants to be there and so Mandarin skills are important.
With respect to growth countries, Singapore's national language is English and it's growing at a rate of more than 14%. New Zealand, Australia & Canada both speak English. But again, if you are serious, trying to learn a second language makes a huge difference.
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:52 Stacie
9:54
Stacie: 
It all depends on what you want in your life. There are pros and cons to switching, but I'm unclear as to whether you're new role is int'l? If so, I'd go for it because increasingly global workers are needed and can fast-track your career! That's what i wrote about in my first book, GET AHEAD BY GOING ABROAD.
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:54 Stacie
9:54
[Comment From AshleyAshley: ] 
Hi Stacie,
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:54 Ashley
9:54
[Comment From AshleyAshley: ] 
I'm looking for a career change and am actually going to a second interview today where it would be very challenging but a good jump for my career and more money. I like where I am but I need to do something different. If I'm offered this position, do I go and tackle the challenge? Or do I stay where I am and try to negotiate different job duties and salary? Where I am has much better benefits as well.
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:54 Ashley
9:54
Stacie: 
See answer above - I clicked the answer before the question!
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:54 Stacie
9:59
[Comment From TrishTrish: ] 
What is the first thing you should do to start in international career?
Thursday November 10, 2011 9:59 Trish
9:59
Stacie: 
Determine if it's right for you. Think globally. Begin to assess what your int'l creds are and starting positioning yourself for a global job. Web sites such as theladders.com, Simplyhired.com offered specific int'l job sections. Go to my website http://stacieberdan.com, buy Go Global! my eBook on Amazon, B&N or iTunes! It's only $5 and has TONS of information. Follow me on Twitter, like my facebook fan page, link in with me. I provide a steady stream of information that is relevant to the global marketplace.

Thursday November 10, 2011 9:59 Stacie
10:01
Stacie: 
I;m going to sign off now but since so many people have questions, feel free to go to my website: stacieberdan.com and write me: stacie@stacieberdan.com. I respond to emails usually through my blogs and offer some regular, good advice.

Thanks for your time today and GO GLOBAL!!

Best,
Stacie Berdan
Thursday November 10, 2011 10:01 Stacie
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