9/05/2017

“Everyone should be a foreigner somewhere”: 11 creatives give their advice on working abroad


Whether you agree with artist and illustrator Jon Burgerman that “everyone should be a foreigner somewhere” or the idea that it might make you a more understanding human, the question of working abroad is likely to arise for many of us at some point. Be it a tactical professional move, a familial one, or a craving for sand and sea. Over the past two weeks, Lecture in Progress dedicated its content to creatives who have left the UK to work in distant lands. From Sydney to Singapore, Barcelona to Berkeley, they recounted tales of how and why they uprooted, and their tips for others considering the same. Here we share a selection of experiences, and you can read the full articles over at Lecture in Progress.



Perfecting work-life balance in Sweden

Adam Tickle, content manger at Sneakersnstuff (Stockholm): Before moving from London to Sweden in 2016, I switched jobs three or four times in three years. I didn’t really have a sense of direction, and I was trying to solve this by jumping between different positions. After a while I realized it wasn’t the jobs, I just needed a new location or environment.

Sweden is welcoming to international talent. If you have a bit of experience, exciting ideas or are just really hungry to do good work, you can really make an impact. Most places will seem less stressful if you’ve worked in London, and the work-life balance here is significantly different. There’s definitely a bigger focus on well-being and lifestyle, so in the long run, people are very loyal to the companies they work for here and generally much happier. People take five weeks off in the summer, and get six weeks for the year. I think it’s great that companies really want you to take a break, and not just burn yourself out...more