SouthOfMetro.com | There is no denying that deciding to work abroad opens up a slew of exciting possibilities you can introduce to your private and professional life. Who can say no to an opportunity to explore new countries, meet new people and push their career in the directions that have, until recently, seemed impossible?
Keeping that in mind, though, it is even harder not to acknowledge that jumping into a feat of this scale without doing everything you can to make the transition as smooth as possible can make your life (private and professional) a nightmare. Let’s take a look at some of the moves you should take to avoid such an outcome.
Be careful when choosing the destination
To put it simply, each country in the world has its unique flavor and its way of doing things. All this diversity makes the world a better place. But what works for one person may present an obstacle for others. For instance, although both these countries are beautiful in their own terms, the life of an app developer will be drastically different in Brazil and Switzerland. So, do a bit of self-examination, identify the things you value the most (salary, lifestyle, customs, etc.) and make the choice based on your affinities.
Secure a position and learn about employment laws
Embarking on this type of journey without having an existing job position may sound fun, but it rarely is. As a matter of fact, some of the countries will refuse to extend a work visa if you are unemployed and cut your exciting job hunt abroad very short. Therefore, don’t even think of packing your bags without having a secure position in your pocket. Also, while you are looking for employment, spend some time to get familiar with local employment laws to avoid any scams and misinterpretations.
Learn English by heart
Whether we like it or not, English is today’s lingua franca. In terms of your potential employment abroad, having near-perfect proficiency in this world language (aside from the official language) will open you the ways to higher-paid positions and allow for future relocations if your original plan fails. Some countries like Australia even require non-native speakers to take PTE classes and pass the test to even be allowed to permanently settle and work there. Be sure to get this one off the checklist as soon as possible.
Save as much money as you can
Securing a salary before you inhabit some foreign country is great. However, you need to be aware that the doors to different amenities that are beyond the scope of your earnings can be secured only with loans and credits. And as a foreign citizen, you won’t be exactly the most reliable person to lend money to. To solve this problem, try to hoard as much money as you can (for spending but for making deposits as well) or raise a loan in some stateside bank. In the worst-case scenario, you can ask the bank to write you a reference letter.
Take a deep dive into local pop culture
This entry may sound menial at first glance, but it can make a huge impact on the quality of your life abroad. So, what do you get by exploring the local pop culture? Well, a better understanding of the local lingo and references. An ability to partake in engaging conversations and easily expand your social circles. A readily available conversation starter. The list goes on and on. Still, the most important perk that sprouts from this small cultural appropriation is that you will no longer feel or be perceived as a stranger.
Finally, we’ve come to the end. Admittedly, this list could be longer, but we’ve made sure to cover all the basics here. If you manage to tackle these few tips, getting around the cities, figuring out the local cuisine and other little adjustments will come naturally. As long as you have at least some kind of chute, your leap of faith will be far more pleasant, exciting and stress-free.