HOW CAN GLOBAL EXPOSURE HELP YOUR CAREER.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher. Global exposure, from being just a luxury, has now become an everyday necessity. As an individual who wants to broaden their career scope, it is crucial to have a mindset as vast and global as that of the company you’re working for. But this should in no way be interpreted as to being insensitive to the cultural atmosphere you’re actually working in. Dagobert D. runes once said, “People travel to faraway places to watch in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” As true as this might be, global exposure does have its benefits and in the long run is helpful to anyone in their career.
• “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain. Once you’ve seen the world, or at least a tiny part of its vastness that it has to offer, you open up your views to more horizons. The very same co-workers, employees and bosses that you were once quick to judge, you realize, are people with more unique and substantial skills and experiences when not squinting at their workstation. You learn to see your co-workers as more than just co-workers. Who wouldn’t respect that about you?
• “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous. Everyone can buy books off a shelf, rote learn it and claim to flaunt all the knowledge in the world. But that isn’t going to get you any extra attention than the next person, especially your boss, considering everyone is running the same rat race. The next time you sit around with your colleagues, talk about your experience about a place you visited, or a person you had an interesting conversation with. Let your experiences be your resume. What you experienced is yours, solely. So use it to make a difference. Look around and see how many people are actually interested in what new you have to offer them. A lot! More attention automatically makes you more valuable in the company and hence richer.
• “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine When you start to have meaningful conversations with people from a different culture, status and professions, you start to become more open to idea of different people. People might not always share the same ideas or beliefs, but that’s when you realize that everyone has something to offer. Building networks is obviously very essential. Never be too quick to judge anyone, especially at your workplace. You never know who can ignite that one spark of an idea, or who can teach you avenues you probably never even thought existed. It’s ultimately about adding to your own skill set, isn’t it?
• “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide. Nothing can be scarier than the feeling of being in unfamiliar territory in a new land. If you’ve been lost once, you know the exhilaration of being found. If you’re prepared to take risks, you must know the returns it will give you. Companies look for employees whose minds are aligned to their progress. If you’re one of them, know that your company considers you indispensable.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” - Anita Desai. With a treasure of knowledge gained through the kind of global exposure only you have, you always will be considered an asset by your company, and thus to yourself.
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