/ Asked by Jonathan
I have the opportunity to go on an international assignment with my company. My dilemma is that I'm not sure that the role is relevant for my longer term career aspirations. Is it better to just go for it- experience cultural challenges, etc.- or forgo the international assignment but pursue a role that may be more directly applicable?
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on Friday, October 7, 2016
Go for it!  Even if it turns out not to be directly applicable, the global experience you gain should more than make up for that.  Like many global employers, we highly value, but often struggle to find candidates with "boots on the ground" global experience, it will be a great asset to your future career regardless of the work area it is in.
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, October 7, 2016
I would definitely recommend you go for it! It seems like a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity and although it may not be relevant to your long-term career goals right now, it will benefit you in so many ways - both personally and professionally. Plus, your global work experience will certainly help you stand out and build your "story" when facing new career opportunities and employers down the line.
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016
This is a tough one, and something I can provide advice on, but advice largely based on my own experiences and preferences. In the end, you’ll need to determine what is more important based on those things for you, something I’m not privy to in the context of this post. I would also say that the decision on this should also take into consideration your career tenure. Are you brand new to full time employment and your field and have a bit more of an excuse to still explore using this opportunity? If so, my advice would be to take it. You’ll have plenty of time, trust me…plenty, to pursue more applicable work in line with your career goals after this opportunity, but comparatively less time once you have progressed and find yourself too busy or too attached to make the leap. The beginning of your career is for exploring to find your fit. Just because you went to school for _____ doesn’t mean you have to, or even want to do _____ for the rest of your life. You may take this international opportunity and it may open your eyes to something you didn’t even know you had an interest in. Actually, if it can be arranged, I would stick to the same advice if you are later on in your career as well. Ask yourself, is this something that will open to your eyes to something previously unseen, misunderstood, or that will add to what you do currently. If so, don’t look at it as not being in line with career aspirations, but rather something to enhance it!
Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I strongly recommend that you pursue the international assignment.  Your company obviously think highly of you otherwise you would not be considered for this opportunity.  Even if the role does not fit your perceived career aspirations, this will widen your foundation of both your company as well as provide that international experience. 
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