Global citizens are more desirable and thus more hireable. How does one become a global citizen?

60 second reads: A series of quick insights from Morgan Young’s Managing Partners

(Question from a recent industry forum at which James Young, Managing Partner spoke)

Move! Be open to an overseas move. Go overseas for a few years. Move again. If you are working within a multi-national, then overseas moves are an important part of your progression in that business as well as building your skills and competencies.

It is the experience of being overseas, the demonstration of that adaptability, of managing change, of immersing yourself in the unknown – as well as the actual duties and responsibilities – that add to your personal value proposition.

In this region experience in South East Asia and increasingly North Asia is often well regarded. Australia is the world’s 12th largest economy. To truly grow your career, you may well need to gain experience in larger more competitive markets.

Relevant language skills are increasingly important, particularly in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai given the mix of local and expatriate staff in those businesses.

As companies explore new markets abroad, having a local understanding of regulatory and cultural differences is critical to making a successful entry. Firms such as eBay—which lost out to domestic competitors despite first-mover and resource advantages in both Japan, China and even New Zealand—know this painfully well.

But as a caveat – plan your return. Returning to Australia after 5 or 10 years takes planning and time to find the right role if you are not returning with an organisation.

Morgan Young has offices based in Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong providing expertise in executive search, offshore talent mapping and leadership advisory services across Asia Pacific. Contact one of our Managing Partners to discuss how we can tailor a solution for your company’s needs.

Extract from a recent industry forum at which James Young, Managing Partner spoke.