Why Are Generation Y Looking Abroad For Work?

When I was in my final year of studying at a fairly prestigious UK University, I looked around me at my fellow Generation Y compatriots, stressing, going insane and in some cases literally pulling their hair out over numerical reasoning tests, assessment centre interviews and even the thing that starts the whole ball rolling, the humble grad scheme application.

 This, however, was not for me.

Like all my friends I was focused on getting a job post graduation, but the opportunities in the UK for well paid, secure, graduate jobs all seem to come under the umbrella of these all consuming life sucking London grad schemes, which, while granting me enough disposable income to travel as I pleased, was absolutely the furthest thing for my dream career path.


Fancy Living and working in Japan?

Instead, I was looking at opportunities abroad to work in my chosen profession (teaching) but instead of labouring as many of my friends did over PGCE applications I wanted to gain more practical experience, and before the year was out, I had secured 2 jobs, a full time position in Japan (where I now live) and a month teacher training locals in India before my big move to the other hemisphere.

But I was not alone in my ambitions …

As failed application after failed application piled up for many of my friends, they started to question why they were applying for these corporate schemes to begin with. Did they really have a passion for accounting, or human resources, or recruitment? I think when a lot of them looked at themselves they realised that the answer was ultimately no. They were sucked in by job security, great first year pay rates and chances to advance, but what do they all mean if you are stuck in a job you ultimately despise.

When demand for these jobs is so high, and the chances of acceptance so slim, they ultimately started looking further a field, they started to look for jobs that might not have the perfect pay, but do offer the perfect location, or are simply the perfect fit for them.

So many wanted to escape from it all to be free from the stresses of strict company guidelines and crushing deadlines. Beginning a grad scheme to get out the stress of final year is simply like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

So now I look to my friends all around the world. Some have found location independence through running their own online businesses, some, like me, looked for opportunities in teaching from Europe to Vietnam and some just simply took their passion for running, for languages, for looking after others and took jobs in idyllic settings, in countries they had once never dreamed of living in.

I think what we can take from all this is that Generation Y started looking for opportunities abroad where previous generations hadn’t simply because they could. No longer are we plagued with the communication problems of yesteryear, the expensive and complicated methods of travel, or the need to begin working the moment one turns 18, inexperienced and nervous.

Travel blogs, magazines and guides have opened our eyes to the opportunities that are waiting for us just somewhere beyond the water, and have taken away the stigma of the unknown that there once was.

Seoul, South Korea

Fancy teaching in Seoul, South Korea? Another popular spot for teaching abroad.

Now, all these opportunities to travel have opened up like never before, there at literally hundreds at your finger tips merely a few clicks away. At the end of the day, I truly believe that every generation must have had the same dream, to roam the world, and see a new. They just were never given the opportunity.



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About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.


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