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American consultants: Resources for working abroad

Working abroad can be a valuable experience for any consultant. Getting started, however, may take some work. We point you to three articles and other resources on the Web that can help you take the first steps.


For consultants, working abroad can bring increased career opportunities and chances to experience new cultures, and can be a highlight for your resume. But the events of Sept. 11 have brought new worries for anyone considering a career overseas, which makes it all the more prudent to have the most up-to-date information and resources to ensure you've covered all the necessary bases.

Here’s a look at two sets of resources: a three-part series from TechRepublic contributor Meredith Little on contracting outside the United States and several links to information geared toward expatriates. These resources can go a long way to help you find, keep, and enjoy your job overseas.

TechRepublic resources
TechRepublic contributor Meredith Little has written three articles for consultants ready to begin work abroad:

Resources from the Web
Once you’ve begun your tenure as an overseas consultant, it’s vital to keep in touch with world news, events, and information designed specifically for American expatriates. The following are Web resources that will keep you informed:
  • Overseas Digest provides a free newsletter with information for Americans who live overseas or who want to. The magazine’s site also provides an Employment Guide and a list of FAQs about living abroad.
  • The International Herald Tribune offers news and opinions written for people who move across continents, bridge sectors, and industries or are at home in several cultures. A recent article, "Vigilance Abroad: Forget the Cowboy Boots," discusses the dangers currently faced by Americans overseas.
  • BR Anchor Publishing's free monthly newsletter, Relocation Today, offers solutions and insights for today's relocation challenges and is read in over 38 countries.
  • If you’d like a comprehensive list of links regarding work abroad and international careers, try the University of Michigan’s Directory of Work Abroad Web Sites.

Overseas adventures
If you’ve had an amazing experience working abroad, send us your story. We’d love to share it with your fellow TechRepublic members.

 

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