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post #16 of 20

I work abroad almost exclusively. I highly recommend it to anyone with some marketable skill set or just a drive to succeed. As globetrotter said, the key is to pick the right place or you'll be in trouble. I focus almost exclusively on emerging markets, as that's where all the opportunity is. 

 

Assuming you're able to network and provide some sort of useful service, you'll be able to quickly maneuver your way into high paying jobs overseas that would take years of education and climbing the corporate ladder in North America/Europe.

 

If anyone wants more info on this stuff, feel free to PM me. I can give advice and even help develop a game plan.

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Man View Post

I'm THAI too! Even though I don't have a lot to offer, it is just great to know that there is another Thai fellow in this community!
How fluent in Thai are you? What said was right about the earning. You may not be able to make as much as money here in Thailand or most of developing countries compared to what you can make in the US, but please be reminded that you will be able to save A WHOLE LOT MORE! Admittedly, the cost of living in Thailand has steadily increased, but it is still relatively affordable. Are you a Thai citizen? I was told that once you turn 18 year old, you have to choose one nationality over another.
I, myself, graduated with MBA degree from Purdue and bachelor degree from University of North Carolina and I'm still struggle to find a decent job which I'm qualified. How much of the work experience do you have? Specifically, for job that you want to work, have you ever worked somewhere that is related to what you want to do for your career?
If you have any question, please let me know!
My Thai is pretty broken as of now. I plan on fine tuning it once time permits (when my MBA ends in December). There are several other Thai members on here as well, they may not post, but they are on here.

I doubt I will be able to save much money. Have you looked at the cost of clothing over there, brand name stuff at least? They actually cost more there than they do in the states. A nice condo in BKK will run you no less than 3,000,000 baht. A decent car will cost 200-300% of what it costs here. (I'm also a car guy so I know how much the finer cars, ie exotic, BMW Ms, Benz AMGs, etc. run for around those parts).

I'm a Thai citizen, I still hold the card when I travel there in case I should get stopped by the police.

I'm always scanning the environment back in the homeland because even if I live in the states for the remaining of my life, I will own a home back there for vacation.

I'd type more, but I'm at work so my brain is not fully powered up.
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

I second development agencies. IMF, World Bank. Both require 2nd or 3rd language skills and definitely advanced degrees. Pay well and are almost always hiring abroad.
Given your background you should look seriously at development agencies that may have projects related to the environment. they could be advising developing countries on how to build the capacity to enforce environmental regulation.
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Originally Posted by redpawn View Post

I work abroad almost exclusively. I highly recommend it to anyone with some marketable skill set or just a drive to succeed. As globetrotter said, the key is to pick the right place or you'll be in trouble. I focus almost exclusively on emerging markets, as that's where all the opportunity is. 

Assuming you're able to network and provide some sort of useful service, you'll be able to quickly maneuver your way into high paying jobs overseas that would take years of education and climbing the corporate ladder in North America/Europe.

If anyone wants more info on this stuff, feel free to PM me. I can give advice and even help develop a game plan.

Thanks, fellas. I will revisit the thread when time permits. I always appreciate the help of decent folks!
post #18 of 20
Big boost to one's name and network.
Only downside is there are many things about the US that I miss
post #19 of 20
Anyone have any good suggestions for an English-language editor and writer looking to find a job overseas? I have a good resume, including years as a writer and editor at some well-known places, but I'm basically monolingual. I can speak Portuguese and some Spanish, but not well enough that I could work full-time in those languages. Are there opportunities out there for someone whose specialty is basically the English language? I assume there must be some in emerging markets and next to none in places like Western Europe, right? Any input, especially specifics on what sorts of jobs there are, would be much appreciated.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by pickpackpockpuck View Post

Anyone have any good suggestions for an English-language editor and writer looking to find a job overseas? I have a good resume, including years as a writer and editor at some well-known places, but I'm basically monolingual. I can speak Portuguese and some Spanish, but not well enough that I could work full-time in those languages. Are there opportunities out there for someone whose specialty is basically the English language? I assume there must be some in emerging markets and next to none in places like Western Europe, right? Any input, especially specifics on what sorts of jobs there are, would be much appreciated.

Seeing your location I'll surmise you're an American, so getting a work visa in the EU will be tough. What do you offer that can't be provided by a Brit or Irishman who can easily work in the EU? An employer would have to make a very compelling case that American English is a must. Keep in mind there are plenty of Americans who are married to locals, as well as the American spouses of expats, both of whom are keen to find work too.

I have a good friend who worked as a stringer in Asia, he struggled and suffered for a few years to build experience and connections, and was eventually hired to edit for an investment house. It was an okay paying gig. He had an aptitude for finance, was articulate enough, and was promoted. Eventually he landed a job in Hong Kong w/ a prestigious house on the full expat package.

If I was you I'd look to Brazil and rest of South America. It's unlikely that some firm will hire you from the states and move you. You'll have to assume that cost and risk and bet on yourself.
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