It is a common career goal to work in another country for a couple of years for that global experience. International students come to the US for an education and hope to stay for at least a few years for this very reason. US Citizens look for international experience themselves for this very reason. After that time, they typically plan to return to their home country to be close to family and their home. From a completely internal point of view, that is natural and perfectly acceptable. For employers, it’s an entirely different story.
It costs thousands of dollars to recruit, hire, train and replace employees in today’s marketplace. In many positions, it takes almost a year if not more for a candidate to get up to speed with all of the ins and outs of a position and company. It is expensive to hire and retain the best in today’s market. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the employer to identify talent who will not just succeed in the short term but also long term with a career with that organization. It’s just good business sense.
What should international students do about this news? They should structure their career decisions and job search plans to match that of business’s need today. You may eventually want to return to your home country one day. Someone within the United States might take a position in another state with the hopes of returning closer to home one day. But, don’t forget that as a job seeker, you are marketing a product to a prospective employer. The employer is the buyer. As the manager of your job search marketing campaign, you must align your goals with the needs of business today. You want to be employed in a profession that matches your goals, strengths and experience. At the end of the day, business hires people who can help the company make money. They want to hire people who can learn the company and stay long enough to make a profitable impact on the organization.
The sweet spot for any career manager is to identify where your goals and skills overlap with those of a prospective employer.