Sometimes we read a little outside of the box. And that can be in areas adjacent to the central theme of our blog – journeys & memories. This one came from reading up about the latest in deploying talent and about mobility.
You know all that hype about leaving your job and traveling the world? We have written about it here, here and here. But with the travails of leaving your job and experiencing a gap in your resume, are there real alternatives?
The Airbnb tagline goes “don’t travel to —, go live in —“.
If only such an arrangement can be made for work! I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to have skill sets and jobs that can see you being moved across the world as required? Short term assignments that let you live in a location for say a few months or even a year (or two). Work with locals, experience the cultural differences and make a journey or two while you’re at it.
Let’s add this up.
- You’ll have the security of a full-time role
- The employer will help you move to the next location
- It’s not a drag and drop, and you’re stuck thingy
- Your employment benefits are maintained
- Contribution for pension/retirement can continue uninterrupted
- You clock time with an employer
OMG. Is this for real?
Well, yes in our humble opinion (IOHO). In the Asia Pacific where growing and enhancing local talent is on the rise, such opportunities are growing exponentially. Unless the non local (read foreign) talents are rooted in their host country, their experience, skills and knowledge leave with them eventually. Organization development-wise, this can be a significant leakage after investing so much into that human capital.
Perhaps if you work for an organization that is truly global in its outreach (eg some of the large consultant firms), this will be perfect. We have come across numerous such folks on assignments for 3-4 months based in Singapore. While here, they enjoy the launch pad that Singapore affords them to so much of Southeast Asia falling within a 3-hour flight.
But it does not have to only be large corporates. Smaller outfits can and do offer similar opportunities too. Wouldn’t that be better than quitting the job?