At the start of the New Year it's easy to get carried away with the 'new year, new me' mantra and moving abroad always seems like an attractive prospect when Christmas is over and the nights are long, cold and grey. However for many, relocating overseas is a pipeline dream that rarely comes into fruition.
Little do most people know, moving abroad is a fairly simple process. Whether it's with pets
, children or a solo venture, there are plenty of online resources to help you get the ball rolling. Getting a job in the location you're moving to is among one of the most important aspects to consider and if you know what you're doing, it isn't as hard as it sounds.
Before you begin...
You need to be sure of your reasons for wanting to work abroad. Is it to gain cultural experience for a year or so? Is it a permanent move to a country you've always wanted to live in? Does a certain country offer job experience you couldn't get elsewhere? When making a big life decision it's important to be confident about making the move - it would be awful to realise it was a mistake further down the line.
Do your research...
The CIA have a comprehensive fact book
which contains information about countries around the world. If you don't know what country you'd like to move to, look here for some facts and figures. Or, if you're looking for something a bit less heavy going and want to know which places offer a nice environment for expats, Business Insider compiled a list of countries with the best quality of life
If you're looking to move abroad on a temporary basis you're probably better off looking for short term positions. Goabroad.com
is a fantastic resource for all kinds of jobs and also has tonnes of advice articles and tips from a range of experienced travel writers.
Long term options...
has a specific section on their website for long term career options. Much like goabroad.com they have tonnes of advice and articles on working abroad. If you're not feeling confident to do the research alone, get in touch with one of their advisors who can offer you some tailored advice.
A checklist of things to consider
Aside from sourcing opportunities in the right places it's important to have a number of things in place before you start applying for roles.
- Decide when you want to move and ensure that any job applications line up with this. Be realistic and give yourself time to settle into your new place before committing to a start date.
- Ensure that your CV is 'internationally friendly'. Try to sell your 'cross-cultural' skills and empasize why your current experience would translate well.
- The language barrier. It's no use starting a job that requires bi-lingual skills when you only know a few introductory phrases. Discuss potential language issues with employers well in advance.
- Logistics. It would be no use getting a job in an international city only to realise that you cannot afford to live centrally and the commute would take hours. Plan locations based on using public transport, just in case you don't end up driving.
- Visas. Ensure you know exactly what visa you'll need and how long you can work on it to ensure there are no mishaps legally.
Experts for Expats have put together a comprehensive checklist
for everything you need to do before moving abroad, so be sure to check it out!