Should I Move Abroad for Work?

Have you ever considered moving abroad for work? Given the sense of unease surrounding careers in the United Kingdom due to current political events, many people have found themselves in the same boat.

However, this is not a decision to take lightly. There are several factors that should play into your decision to move abroad for work, and it’s important to think carefully before making this big life choice.

Here are some things to consider before deciding to uproot and continue your career in another country. 


Job Market

United Kingdom:

Despite Brexit fears, it seems as if the science industry in the UK is still growing. A study by the Science Industry Partnership found these encouraging statistics concerning the UK science industry:

“The forecast scenarios illustrate that overall the science industry's cumulative demand for staff between 2015 and 2025 will be in the range of 180,000 to 260,000 staff. […]

>"The majority of demand will be replacement demand for people leaving the industry, largely due to retirement; accounting for between 177,000 to 185,000 jobs across the science industries by 2025. New jobs created due to growth will account for up to 77,000 jobs.”

So staying in the UK is not only plausible, it is potentially quite a lucrative move. With the UK’s high demand for scientific minds, the job opportunities here should continue to increase over the coming years.

Working Abroad:

Of course, moving abroad is appealing for many reasons, including a change of climate and the chance to explore a different culture. Another important factor is the increase in salary that is offered by some countries. Some of the best-paying countries for scientists are Switzerland, the USA, Japan, Australia and Germany. With Switzerland offering an average annual salary of $95,000, you can see why some people are tempted to move abroad.

Depending on what field you are in, there is also further opportunity for funding in the science industry abroad. This depends on the country and the specific type of scientific research you are looking at. If you’re currently looking for funding, you may want to read this article on some of the countries who are putting the most money into research.


Personal Preference

Everyone is different, and whether you like the idea of travelling or have family commitments that make you less inclined to move abroad for work, the choice is ultimately yours. If you are unhappy with your current situation, moving abroad offers the chance for a new start. However, it is also more than possible to have a fulfilling career here in the UK, and you shouldn't feel pressured to move abroad.


Will I be happy if I move abroad for work?

Again, as mentioned before, this will depend on yourself and your circumstances. However, studies have shown that different countries do have varying levels of happiness and life satisfaction. You can find the full study here. This may affect your decision concerning what country you want to move to for work.

We at HRS offer a range of jobs in the science industry, both in the UK and abroad. To find one that suits you, be sure to keep an eye on our job listings. We update them frequently and you can find them here.

For any questions about our job listings or advice about our recruitment service, feel free to contact us today.

"Why should we hire you?" is as common a question on the lips of science recruitment professionals as it is among hiring teams in any other sector, and it takes forms that can easily catch out the ill-prepared interviewee. You may be asked what makes you the right fit for the position, why you are the best candidate for the vacancy or what you would bring to the job. Before you go for the interview you need to ask yourself, "why should you hire me?", and come up with an answer. 

Follow these simple steps to ensure you are properly prepared to answer any employer who asks "why should we hire you":

Be employer-focused

One of the first things that any applicant must realise about this question is that they really must answer it from the employer's perspective. It can be easy to effectively only answer why you would like the job - for example, because you have always had an interest in biochemistry or R&D, need the money or would like to move to wherever the role is based. These are not answers to the question of why the employer should hire you.

The frank truth is that a hiring manager does not really care about the benefits to you of getting the job. They're much more concerned about the risk to their position if they make a poor choice of employment, such as someone who leaves the organisation prematurely or does not fit in well with their colleagues or the company philosophy.


They are certainly interested in your ability to do the job to an exceptional standard, get on well with your colleagues and bring skills and experiences that make you stand out from the other candidates.

The information that you must give

Therefore, by setting out an answer that clearly details such factors as your industry experience, relevant past accomplishments, soft skills, technical skills, education/training and/or awards/certifications, you are making the hiring manager's professional life much easier.

When you communicate memorably and confidently that you possess these traits that answer the employer's pain points, whether their field is chemistry, molecular biology, immunology or something completely different, they will be more confident to trust you with the role.

But remember...

With this being only one of the potentially many interview questions, not all of the above parameters necessarily need to be included in your answer. This question is a golden opportunity to sell yourself for your dream clinical, biochemistry or pharmacology role. However, such 'selling' is generally best done with just three or four powerful points - backed up with easy-to-remember descriptions and/or examples - than with a quickly rifled-off list of 12 strengths that you are unable to explain further.

The employer should be left in no doubt as to your unique combination of relevant experience and skills. "Why should we hire you?" will not be your only opportunity during the interview to make that clear - which is all the more reason to provide well-selected highlights rather than the full catalogue of your credentials.

However, it is so often a memorably convincing answer to this or any number of the aforementioned similar questions that separates those who secure sought-after science jobs from those who don't. Good luck!


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Don’t forget, the start of a new year is a perfect time to look for a new job!

So your full of enthusiasm, you’ve made your New Year's resolutions and you’re ready to make some changes! Looking for your ideal job is a great place to start and you don’t need to do it alone!

Using a recruitment agency can be a useful tool when searching for a job. Whether this is permanent, contract or temporary employment, a recruitment agency has access to a broad selection of opportunities. And did you know? Sometimes agencies have exclusive access to jobs that may not be directly advertised elsewhere!
  
So if you are thinking about a science job, technology job or engineering job visit our website and check out the latest roles. No question is too small and here at HRS we are more than happy to help, speak to one of our friendly consultants today!

For more useful advice and information on how to work with recruitment agencies click here.

Make 2014 your year, get that job you’ve always wanted! 

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