The opening of state borders within Europe, connected with the expansion of the European Union, has brought about a strong wave of wage-earning migration of newly-admitted states of Central-Eastern Europe. This opportunity has been used by many Poles who realize their vocational career outside the borders of Poland. In the undertaken qualitative research the authoress attempted to answer the following questions: What motives are young Poles driven by when they decide to make their international careers? What expectations do they have in relation to the workplaces outside their own country? What actions do they undertake while designing their own careers? The basic cause of going abroad was financial one, that is the possibility of earning higher wages abroad than at home, which allows living a more interesting, comfortable life and realizing ambitions and dreams. Still, planning an international career entails the necessity of getting to know one's own assets, potential and capacity, but also one's weak sides. The readiness to learn about one's own possibilities influences the process of planning and reaching goals to a considerable extent. The respondents perceive the process of designing their international careers as an activity that requires a lot of effort, own initiative, and a little of good luck. They point to the need of building a network of private contacts which are of utmost importance in the situation of their staying outside their native country. They indicate improvement of the financial status of the family or their personal one, possibility of their own development and getting to know the world to be the most vital benefits. The experience of their professional work and everyday life influence their development, mobilize them to undertake educational activity, which - undoubtedly - results in that they are becoming competitive in the changing labour markets of contemporary times.
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