, a technology instructor at Chicago-based consulting and training firm Terasys Inc. , describes himself as a born and bred Midwesterner who , prior to seven months ago , had never ventured outside North America.
But last summer , Kratville
Kratville and many other IT workers who have completed foreign assignments say the experience has made them more independent and appreciative of diversity.This , in turn , has led their companies to entrust them with more managerial responsibilities.
In addition , IT workers with this exposure have a better sense of how to prepare software and systems for an international market , says Naomi Bloom managing partner at human resources consultancy Bloom & Wallace in Fort Myers , Fla..
International work is essential to the career of an IT professional , who needs to understand that features such as time and date need to be adjusted from country to country , Bloom says.
As the temperature dropped to 40 degrees Fahrenheit , Kratville
spent some nights sleeping in his
IT workers will want to do more research before traveling than he
did , Kratville
advises.This includes learning about not just the weather but also the culture , currency exchanges and transportation system.
Prior to arriving in Sydney , Kratville didn´t realize that the Australian dollar is worth about half that of the American dollar.Nor did he
realize that he
would have to grocery shop more often because the country´s refrigerators are approximately half the size of those in the U.S. For many IT workers , the biggest factor to consider may be one that doesn´t involve their job at all.Employees should also consider that living abroad will likely mean major career disruptions for their spouses.