A few pick up and go to stay; most accept short-term assignments. Americans with jobs overseas describe their corners of a new world.
When it comes to job opportunities overseas, Kraig Rice knows what he's talking about. As a researcher and coauthor of the book "International Job Finder: Where the Jobs Are Worldwide" he has spent several months over the past year finding out what jobs were available where, and how to get them.
"I encourage people who want to work abroad to do so," he says. "I think it's an excellent adventure and it's great experience." Mr. Rice is so enthusiastic about working overseas that he wound up taking his own advice and moved to Kiev at the end of last month to take on a job he actually found while researching his book.
"I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that," he says of his job with the International Research and Exchanges Board, a nongovernmental organization that administers development programs in several countries.
As a former student of Russian history and Slavic languages, Rice had always wanted to work in the former Soviet Union but had kept getting sidetracked.
"I got a second chance to do what I'd always planned to do years before," he says.
Rice isn't the only one on the move. Hard statistics on Americans working abroad are difficult to come by, but experts in the international job market say that, in the long term, last year's terrorist attacks have done little to deter overseas-minded Americans from taking on new international postings or from staying put in foreign jobs they were working in before last September.
In the wake of the attacks, a blip of panic prompted a small number of Americans working abroad to return to home territory, experts say.
But anecdotal evidence suggests most of those returnees went back to their foreign posts within a few months, rejoining a workforce and reentering a lifestyle that continues to hold a strong pull for as many as an estimated 1.5 million Americans working overseas.
What has changed since last September, say experts, is a heightened awareness among those working overseas of possible turmoil where they are stationed and of the increased risk of being targeted for attack as an American.
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