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post #1 of 8
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Hi folks,

This is my first time posting in this subsection. I just want to get some opinions of those who have done it or those who are thinking about doing it.


I'm going to be finishing up my 2nd master's, my MBA, in about a year and a half. This will be my last formal education. At the moment, I'm playing with the idea of moving to a different country or different part of the U.S. to start fresh.


I have basically no baggage.


I am looking at possibly moving to the UK and also going back to my homeland, Thailand, too. Although I've been told that money is harder to make in other parts of the world than the U.S.


It will be hard since I've been living in a single regional area of the U.S. for the last 18 years or so.


To those who have done this, how did you go about doing it? Upon getting my BS, I thought I would be living in Southern California forever. But now, I kind of want to experience what the world has to offer.


Sorry in advance about any grammar errors. It is 6AM afterall.
post #2 of 8
I was asked to transfer from the NY offices to a European office about 2 years into my first job. I absolutely loved it. If you ever have the opportunity to live in another country, all the while being paid for it, I would recommend doing so. Your world view increases and it looks good on your resume. Also - without any baggage and assuming this is the best offer on the table - accepting the offer is a no brainer to me.
post #3 of 8
I haven't moved abroad but I did move cross country several times for school and work.

Can't say I regret it. Only thing I would've done different is bought a truck and trailer to move.

I got the truck and borrowed a (massive) trailer the last time I did it and the purchase price was roughly the same as renting a box truck.

If you have no luggage, then don't worry about it. Used furniture usually goes for almost nothing at estate auctions and you can sell it back for the same on CL once you are ready to move.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the inputs, fellas.

I wonder if there are those who just one day packed up for a new destination with no job gauranteed yet.

In the recent years, I started becoming more cultured and realized there is more out there than the U.S.
post #5 of 8
I relocated from London to Zurich 5 years ago for a job. Was planning on doing 2 years as an adventure but like it here so much I have no plans on going back any time soon.
With an MBA, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job but I wouldn't recommend coming to Europe unless you have secured something first. If you have a Thai or US passport (or basically any non-EU one) you will have difficulties getting a visa.
Lifestyle and culture is so different in Eurpoe than in Thailand or the US so I would definitely try it if I were in your position. Now I'm married with kids my days of country hopping are over...
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by wj4 View Post
Thanks for the inputs, fellas.

I wonder if there are those who just one day packed up for a new destination with no job gauranteed yet.

In the recent years, I started becoming more cultured and realized there is more out there than the U.S.

I've done a couple of big moves with no job lined up. Both big moves were huge successes, huge adventures and a ton of fun. If I had not done my second big move I would not have moved my career forward by half as much. Just go for it.
post #7 of 8
I've moved several times, to differnt countries - moved with my family when I was a kid to Israel, moved to Germany on speculation of a business,moved to Jordan on speculation of a business, moved to india with a job, decided to move to the US and found a job, moved from NY to chicago for a job. if you are young and have no baggage, do it. I'd look to see what is a "hot" area now - where is the economy developing. sub-saharan africa might be the way to go.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by jonnyt View Post
I relocated from London to Zurich 5 years ago for a job. Was planning on doing 2 years as an adventure but like it here so much I have no plans on going back any time soon.
With an MBA, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job but I wouldn't recommend coming to Europe unless you have secured something first. If you have a Thai or US passport (or basically any non-EU one) you will have difficulties getting a visa.
Lifestyle and culture is so different in Eurpoe than in Thailand or the US so I would definitely try it if I were in your position. Now I'm married with kids my days of country hopping are over...

I'm replying from my phone so please excuse any typos. I was born in Thailand and came to the states in the 4th grade. I'm now a citizen here. I only considered moving back recently if the pay is right. Frankly, I would rather live like a rich man in a poor country than a poor man in a rich country. I know some people in London who loves it so that is why I'm also curious to check it out.

My degrees were all obtained from ordinary schools so I can't say that I got my MBA fro
Harvard or the likes. But I'm a hard worker so I hope that will play in my favor. Will reply more in depth when I'm at a real computer.

Thanks, gents.
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