Emerging markets: Opportunities to boost your career

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When you want to give your career a boost, you are not limited to your own country. In fact, many people now look at the job market in other countries, because this can open up opportunities that are just not available at home. While Western countries have long been held up as the ultimate destinations for those who want to build a career, the emerging economies in the East should not be ignored.

Emerging markets: Opportunities to boost your career

Which countries offer opportunities?

Countries such as India and China now have very strong economies. They are putting together the infrastructure needed so that industries such as construction, IT, and retail can compete with those in the West. However, it is not just the larger nations that should be considered. There are plenty of smaller countries where there are opportunities.

In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates are a great destination for those who want to put their existing skills to good use, learn new skills, and earn good money at the same time. Dubai, for example, is very popular - and one of the reasons for this is that it offers a much more relaxed lifestyle than some of the other Emirates. However, places such as Qatar are always recruiting staff from the West to work in industries such as education, oil, and gas, as well as the medical profession. 

In the Far East, countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, which are no longer the war-torn nations that many people remember, have turned into thriving entities that are just starting to develop the stronger economies they need. 

However, even in Europe there are countries where there are opportunities. Eastern European countries have long had a reputation for being second world nations, hence the large numbers of residents that have left for places such as Germany and the UK. However, countries such as Poland and Romania are starting to catch up with their neighbors and there are great opportunities in sectors such as health and education. 

Iran is probably not at the top of everyone’s list when they want to go and work abroad; however, as diplomatic relations between Iran and western nations such as the US and the UK has thawed, more Western firms are now dealing with their Iranian counterparts. Companies that want to forge closer links with Iran could consider the services of Dr Shahram Shirkhani, a legal consultant that specializes in helping businesses to develop working relationships with clients overseas. His firm’s expertise can provide guidance on foreign investments and labor relations, as well as many other issues. Shahram Shirkhani has also taught on a number of university courses on international business law.      

Getting a job overseas

It is important to put together a good resume when you want to apply for a job in another country, and if necessary, you should have it translated. There are plenty of websites where job opportunities are advertised alongside volunteer opportunities. However, there are also a number of specialist recruitment firms that advertise vacancies and can offer advice on subjects such as visas. 

Moving abroad to work is a big decision to make, but it is one that can pay off in the long term because of the experience it offers. It is an opportunity to embrace other cultures, learn new languages, and make new friends - as well as the chance to boost your career prospects at home. With a whole world of potential destinations, it is important not to limit your vision – the right job or volunteer placement can make a great deal of difference to your future.