How should I go about asking for a transfer if I'm interested in working abroad for a period of time?

If you work at a global firm, there may be great opportunities for you to gain experience working abroad.

If you work at a global firm, there may be great opportunities for you to gain experience working abroad. It is important that you've been with your agency for at least a year before requesting a transfer, as you must establish loyalty and have a clear grasp of the firm's mission and values.

First, approach your HR director or visit your agency's internal job postings to learn about open opportunities within the different global offices that may be a match for your experience. Once you're confident that you want to make a move, speak with your supervisor and keep him or her in the loop as the process moves along.

It is important to identify an international position where your US skill set and work experience will add value. When that right chance comes along, carefully weigh the opportunity to be sure the timing is right. Then, work with your HR director or your supervisor to ensure a smooth transition.

The most important thing: enjoy it. Once your transfer is granted, you will have an amazing chance to work in a new environment, travel to a new country, and gain experience that will help you to further your career.

Tara Kashanian is director of New York HR at Manning Selvage & Lee.

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