In the risk adverse world of finance, transitioning into a role in international accounting can seem quite daunting.
There are, however, some very specific benefits to be gained by broadening your work horizons.
Here are 5 reasons why it may be time to pack your bags (and maybe your sunscreen too!).
Adaptability and Diversity
Accountants who excel in the international arena demonstrate adaptability, a key trait prospective employers look for. In addition, you diversify your skill set, demonstrate success in changing circumstances and differentiate your resume from the regular crowd. The result: an enhanced marketability.
Working in international accounting means that you build an international network of business partnerships and lifelong friendships. In a globalized economy this makes you valuable.
Living in another country offers you an invaluable opportunity to travel and immerse yourself in a different culture, testing your limits and building your confidence.
The Nest Egg
Many international accounting jobs offer higher salaries and lower taxes, enabling you to save up a nest egg for when you return to Canada.
With the Canadian dollar heading down in value, the opportunity to capitalize on exchange rates is a key benefit of working internationally.
While there are certain challenges with uprooting your life and moving to a new country, there are also some fantastic benefits. Working internationally diversifies your skill set and allows you to travel. Fundamentally, you build lifelong friendships, test your personal limits and return a more marketable employee.