Most Americans Won’t Venture Abroad For Jobs. But The Millennials Will.

I wanted to comment on this very interesting article from the WSJ last week. In it, we learn about a recent survey of 200,000 global workers on their likelihood to venture abroad for career opportunities.


The survey, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and The Network, an alliance of global recruiting websites, found that just 35% of American respondents would relocate to another country for work. This was the lowest among the 31 countries surveyed. Interestingly, 59% of American respondents between the ages of 21 and 30 said they would relocate abroad.


In some respects this hesitancy to venture abroad makes sense, as many of the top jobs are here in the U.S. But this also highlights an interesting point: in our increasingly global economy, perhaps this unwillingness to gain international work experience will put Americans at a disadvantage among multi-national employers?Clearly, the top managers of most global businesses will need to have on-the- ground experience abroad.


A large segment of our clients are internationally born professionals working here in the U.S., and I can say that most of them are far more globally aware than their American counterparts. It seems that the influence of these globally mobile professionals is only going to increase in the years ahead.


The lesson here: build your global experience and perspective, or risk working for someone else that has…