Using transferable talents in a global move

Dany Lennon has spent more than 30 years training, nurturing and placing the "best of the best" creatives in advertising. As a British native who has spent most of her career in New York, she knows a thing or two about the desire to work internationally. We asked her about the current craze for overseas work and whether a foreign assignment is always a good career move.

Campaign: One of the defining characteristics of millennials in the US is their interest in spending time working overseas. Does that international experience necessarily make them more attractive to future employers at home?

Lennon: Yes, I agree that the desire for US Millennials to work overseas is increasing. However, it continues to lag well behind that of the rest of the world. And as far as re-entry to the US – yes, the "right" overseas experience can be distinctly advantageous. Bringing an understanding of global perspective and alternative cultures and, most crucially, making sure that you are continuing to "evolve" your experiences through non-traditional methods and multiplatform thinking can only enhance your opportunities upon return.

But, if this is not managed thoughtfully and strategically, you may find yourself in exactly the opposite situation from what you had hoped for. You may have to drop a few rungs on the ladder to go back to the US. So while the desire has increased, careful thinking and planning are imperative to the success of a career move abroad.


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