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Five things to know about working abroad after an MBA...

Many young professionals choose an international MBA for one very specific reason: they want to expand their horizons by working in a culture much different than their own. Those who come from countries with emerging economies boost their chances of finding work this way, because developing nations are offering up an abundance of opportunities these days. Why? Developing nations now make up more than half of the world’s GDP. That’s big news. But it takes more than just skills and brains to be successful in a cultural environment that is not your own. This is why cross-cultural competency is one of the top skills employers demand. Without instruction or exposure to working with various cultures, MBAs can fall into cultural traps that can derail their attempts to become employed in a “new” country. Here are my top five recommendations for avoiding cultural missteps when beginning your quest to work abroad. 1) Be open-minded (and be aware!) about the international markets that are currently full of promise, and the skills they require. Some markets simply have more demand and availability for international managers than others. Right now, we see a lot of demand from employers for managerial talent in places like Panama (which is being very open-minded about immigration these days), China, India, Poland, Russia, the UAE (Dubai) and much of Latin America. But know this: not all markets are created equal. Some have stringent visa requirements, and for many, fluency in multiple languages, especially the native language, is a must (this is particularly true in China). Do yourself a favor and study local market conditions and visa requirements before you spend a lot of time applying for jobs in a particular area. 2) Don’t change too much about yourself...