International agricultural development careers are becoming more abundant as people and technology move around the world. Opportunities abound for young scientists interested in working in another culture or continent. Many professional positions require several years experience. Planning an appropriate training program to gain the most relevant possible experience early in one's career is especially important. Technical competence, language capability, cultural sensitivity, awareness of gender roles, and broad knowledge of geography, history, political science, and economics are essential for a well prepared scientist. Benefits of professional work abroad include exposure to other cultures, cropping and production systems, values, and languages. Young scientists abroad often have administrative and program organization challenges that would come much later in a domestic career. On the other hand, isolation from the home country professional culture and contacts, difficulty in publishing results from applied research, and personal and family adjustment to a different living situation may cause problems. Concerns about re-entry into one's home culture and maintaining viable and documented competence in the professional field of interest are prevalent among those who work abroad. These are important factors for women and men to consider while preparing for an international career in agriculture.
agriculture career, global agriculture