If you’re thinking, “Just tell me how?” then consider working abroad, for it has done all of these things—and more—for me and countless other public relations professionals.
I became a vice president at public relations giant Burson-Marsteller at age 27. I was transferred to Hong Kong, where I worked for three years. I returned to Washington, D.C., and within one year jumped to global account managing director despite taking six months off to have my twins.
Working in another country can expand your horizons professionally and personally in ways you might never have considered. Overseas achievements can enhance your reputation and set you apart from your peers. Doors will open for you, because companies need more people who can apply international experience to local business challenges. Knowledge and understanding of foreign cultures, regulations, economies, consumers and work habits are now crucial for corporate survival—and they can be your ticket to the fast track.