by Sarah Parramore, Head Editor, INALJ Middle East/Arabian Gulf
Going International: Is It Right For You?
Perhaps you’re fresh out of grad school and eager to share your knowledge with the world, or maybe you’ve been on the search for well over a year.
It could be, you’ve been in libraries a while now and need some new perspective. There’s a big world out there with demand for librarians, so, should you take the leap?
Many will fantasize about the prospect of living in a foreign land and immersing oneself into an exotic and fascinating culture. Expanding the job search beyond your native lands can be great for daydreaming, but have you really given it thought? It takes a certain amount of bravery to leave the homeland and comforts of the familiar. There have been many an expat adventurer who romanticized their next professional endeavor on foreign soil only to realize three months in that maybe it wasn’t what they believed.
If you are seriously considering an international career it is imperative that you be honest with yourself. To say one should be “flexible” is an understatement, but for lack of a better word, yes, you should indeed be flexible. And adaptable. And agreeable. And able to go-with-the-flow and roll-with-the-punches because when you are far from what you know, you have to accept and understand that not everyone is going to do things the way you do them. You should be willing to embrace the unknown, and if that’s where you are, then perhaps it is right for you.