American Expats Trade in Happiness at the Expense of Career Growth
A recent report found that Americans are more likely to move abroad than their global counterparts for love or to seek out adventure. According to the report, 47% of global expats move abroad for their job, while only 36% of Americans say their primary reason for moving is job-related.
American expats tend to work in education, IT, marketing, advertising, and communications. Interestingly, Americans are more likely to work as freelancers vs their global counterparts.
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While this gives them more freedom to set their schedules and they report better work-life balance, the report argues that American expats could be trading happiness at the expense of career growth. Only 45% of American expats rate their local career opportunities favorably.
Internations CEO Malte Zeec told CNBC that “relocating internationally could result in a career stall, if not setback, if the worker has to overcome a language barrier, navigate a limited local job market or figure out how their educational qualifications translate to a new country.”
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