Dreaming of a job abroad?
Dreaming of a job abroad?
When setting off on a job hunt, it is worth considering whether you are to keep your search to your home country – or whether your next steps lie further afield. Whilst the appeal of a new life, and often lifestyle, can seem too tempting to resist, it is important to consider whether this move is all that is seems. Often the bright lights of a new life can overshadow the practical challenges that the move can bring. So if you are considering a job hunt in faraway shores, consider our pointers below before you make the final decision.
1) Know where you are going
Living in a new culture can be daunting and thrilling in equal measure. We are all different as at the countries you may travel to – and it is important to consider how you will fare in a new culture. Try to understand the limitations these may create – and any compromises you may need to make. We recommend job seekers thoroughly research cultural differences, politics and lifestyles of residents. Find out about the company you might work for – how do they differ to what you are used to. Even within organisations offices in different regions can operate within a very different environment.
2) Know yourself
A new job is a big adjustment that requires commitment to make the move a positive one. Moving abroad only increases this. A new job in a new country can be a big challenge, and you need to be ready to put in the extra work that comes with such a huge move. Not only is your work life changing drastically – your personal life will too. This can cause a sense of isolation as you set down roots and create your new social network. Is this really what you want? Are you making the decisions for the right reasons and at the right time?
3) Know your family and friends
Who are you leaving behind? Is there someone to fill your shoes for your responsibilities at home. For example elderly relatives? How will you manage these responsibilities from a far? Whilst not necessarily a reason to avoid making the move, g how it will work in practice needs careful consideration.
What are the implications for your family? Are they ready to move with you? A move of this magnitude will have a huge impact on everyone – and only with full support is the move likely to work in the way you want. Make sure you consider how they will settle and live in the new environment. For example schools for children, and are there language barriers that could make developing friendships difficult?
4) Know Your Career
How will the move affect your future? Will moving to another country enhance your prospects or damage them? Are you still going to get the opportunities to mix with the right people? You may have a lot of contacts at home – but they will move on when you are gone – can you keep up with them? How important is this?
Also consider the job security in the role you are going to? What would happen if your job was to disappear? Would you stay and look for a new role – are the opportunities there – or would you be heading back? Consider how you will fit back in to the market at home.
5) Know Your Contract
You may find in a new country contact variances occur. What is in your contract? How does it compare to what you would receive at home – and how does it compare to other employees in the new country? Does your package include a relocation supplement – are their conditions attached to this? What if you decide to go home? Is there an impact? Knowing your contact inside out is essential. You cannot assume what is considered normal in your home country will be included in the new one.
Going to work abroad can be a thoroughly enriching experience, one that can have significant benefits for both your working and personal life. However it is essential to make the move with your eyes wide open and a thorough understanding of the changes you are about to make.