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Overseas jobs offer new opportunities

Published: Friday, 04 April 2008   Category: Career Advice

Spending some time working abroad on initiatives such as graduate training schemes can have long-term career benefits for young professionals, according to an expert.

Professor Monika Hamori, who specialises in human resource management at the Instituo de Empresa Business School in Madrid, has said that a lack of international experience will "definitely" rule certain people out of senior executive jobs.

According to The Times, research by Heidrick & Struggles partner Elisabeth Marx found that 67 per cent of FTSE 100 chief executives have spent a minimum of a year living or working abroad.

Speaking to the newspaper about the findings, Professor Hamori said international work experience can develop a skills set "that is very valuable to corporations".

However, she also warned that while such experience is "becoming a requisite", young professionals should not just see it as a way to speed up their move up the career ladder.

Professor Hamori's comments come after research by global recruitment firm Kelly Services found two-thirds of UK workers would be prepared to re-locate overseas in order to find employment.

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