How To Start Over With Moving Abroad
Relocating Abroad for Work in 7 Steps
Most people have thought about moving out country at one time or another. If you’re serious about this prospect, though, the good news is that it’s never been more accessible. The world feels like a smaller place than ever before, making it far easier to turn that dream into a reality. Nonetheless, it’s imperative that you follow the right protocols.
The debate on whether you should actually take the leap of faith is another altogether and could take weeks or months to complete. But if you’ve concluded that it is the right decision, here’s how you can make the transition as smooth as possible.
Step 1 – Research Career Prospects & Salaries
If you are planning to move abroad for the sake of your career, it’s imperative that you choose a destination that allows you to thrive. First and foremost, you should find a job role that will satisfy your emotional needs and can follow you around the world. After all, if you’re the type of person that likes the thought of moving abroad, there’s every chance that you will do this again at some point in the future.
When researching potential places to live, you must always consider the volume of vacancies as well as the expected salary. Moreover, you should always take the cost of living into account. This can have a huge influence on whether your situation will become better or worse.
Step 2 – Increase Your Knowledge
Relocating to another country will impact your world in many ways due to the difference in culture. The earlier that you start planning for the move, the better. Frankly, the last thing you want to do is arrive without any real direction other than the type of job you want.
When moving to a country that speaks a different language, it’s vital that you pick up the basics ASAP. Not only will this aid your career, but it will make daily life feel a lot easier too. Meanwhile, understanding religious and social traditions is pivotal. Integrating quickly into the new area will just make everything feel better, allowing you to instantly enjoy the chapter.
Step 3 – Find A Suitable Home
Your career might be the chief reason behind the move, but it’s important to remember that this is only one aspect of your life. A good job means nothing if daily life doesn’t leave you feeling happy. Therefore, getting a rental house should be one of the top items on your agenda. After all, the new surroundings can become far more problematic when you don’t have a place to call home.
The perfect home isn’t just about the property itself. You also need to think about the location, accessibility to work, and local amenities. Get all of those aspects under control, however, and it will go a long way to making the transition feel smoother. Especially once you’ve stamped your personality.
Step 4 – Understand Working Requirements
Different people have varying desires from their work abroad. While some may seek a short-term placement as an opportunity to experience something new, others may be eager to settle down in the new country. Depending on the nature of your relocation, you will need to think about working visas and potential citizenship. Otherwise, short-term happiness could lead to long-term frustrations.
It’s important to remember that some countries have different rules for different nationalities too. There is no one size fits all ruling here, so you’ll have to conduct the necessary research yourself. If you know somebody that has completed the same transition, asking them for advice is advised. This is a key step to painting the full picture and could have a telling impact on which destination you choose.
Step 5 – Make A Bucket List Of Things To Do
Regardless of the destination you’ve picked, it’s unlikely that the work itself is the only attraction. You will almost certainly want to live in that country for various other reasons. Ignore them, and your chance to experience those bucket list items could soon pass you by. In turn, this will make the whole relocation feel far less successful.
If you are planning to live there for the rest of your life, the pressure is reduced. Conversely, though, a one-year or limited time stay should encourage you to get organized. Missing out on those opportunities would be a nightmare. Make sure that you work to live rather than live to work, and you should be just fine.
Step 6 – Maintaining Contact
Moving out country and starting a new chapter in a new country is very exciting. However, leaving the old life behind doesn’t mean that you have to forget it. Friends and relatives still have an important role to play in your life. Thanks to audio and video conferencing on social media, staying in touch has never been easier or cheaper. Frankly, ignoring those possibilities would be a disaster.
Another option is to start writing a blog. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to share your experiences and adventures with many people at once. Moreover, it gives them a chance to read at their own leisure, which can be very useful when time differences are involved. It could potentially grow an audience of new readers to turn the platform into a source of side income.
Step 7 – Discover Benefits & External Matters
Most importantly, you want to find a job that makes you happy and provides a decent salary. However, there are many other contributing elements to consider. From finding out about the workers’ unions to pension plans, taking increased responsibility is vital. Otherwise, you’ll enter the working without a full perspective.
You should know from your existing career that people often won’t inform you about the available support and entitlements. The internet makes it very simple to conduct the necessary research into those items. Alternatively, speaking to a financial advisor should point you in the right direction.
When done right, relocating to a new country for work can enhance your entire life. In my case, moving abroad was so far one of the best things I have done in my life, go for it! With those seven steps behind you, that suddenly become a whole lot easier.
Best of luck to you!
Really useful tips and advice – so I’ve shared on my facebook page ‘travels with my art’ Thanks for posting. Ali
I have to thank YOU for coming over and even more for sharing my article, Ali 🙂
Amazing article. I’m planning to move somewhere as soon as I end the high school, so this was really helpful for me 🙂
Thank you so much for commenting, I am glad you found this helpful. Good luck with everything, Ally!
Great and helpful tips! Finding a job in advance is the most important step to start the whole process. I have lived 2 years abroad and went there only once i found the new job.
Thanks so much for coming over, Helene! I agree 100% , you need to be sure about the job opportunities before you decide to live somewhere. So, what made you go back then after 2 years?
As someone who has done this for love, but of course I also work I can cosign all of these. For me language was the most important one
Learning the language is so important, I see a lot of people living here in Spain and not even after 20 years being able to speak 5 sentences of Spanish. I experienced that the local people make you so much more welcome if you make the effort to speak their language. To me it is also a matter of showing respect to the local people and not expecting them to speak to us in broken English in their country. Thank you very much for your time, Pat.
What a coincidence! I am thinking lately to move to another country (UK) for work and actually for good and this article is helping me a lot. My plan is to find first a job and after that to search to rent a studio or a flat. Thanks!
Oh, good luck with everything, Perla! Would be great to get to hear from you in a while, how everything worked out for you, thanks a lot for stopping by!
These are great tips! I’ve been thinking a lot about moving abroad, that’s something I’ll definitely want to do at some point in my life. Maybe after I’ve had all the kids as I kind of like the healthcare system here in Finland haha!
Aah, this is actually a very important point, Jasmin! And now as a young mother you have to consider all of these things, of course. Thanks a bunch for visiting, always nice to see you here and there in virtualandia.
The idea of moving abroad is so so cool! But with my anxieties are far too strong, and I don’t think I could ever leave my family!
Much love, Caitylis x x
Hi Caitylis, I understand what you are saying. With me it was a bit easier as I followed my family abroad. Now, my mom and one of my brothers have gone back to Germany, mom for health reasons and my brother for a job opportunity, but I don’t see me going back soon, tho. I wouldn’t say that I will never go back, as we can’t predict the future. No matter how many years we’ll be living in a foreign country, we’ll always be ‘the foreigners’ and it could be even for some political reasons that we would have to leave. But as we got only this one life to live our dreams, I’d always give it a go. Thank you so much for coming over!
I must admit that you really hit the nail on the head concerning this subject. You’ve practically made life easy for most people with all these tips and advice. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Thank you so very much for your lovely comment, Mary. I highly appreciate that. Yes, I have done this, been there, also learned some lessons and got ripped off by others, so I know what I am talking about. I would now and always encourage everybody to move to a new country if that is something they are dreaming about, give it a go! Nothing to lose, should you not feel happy there are always flights back 😉
Haven’t we all dreamt of moving abroad some time into our lives? Oh…
Best of luckthe to you!
Hi Tadeja, what a gorgeous name!, well I am already lucky and feel pretty blessed for the last 16 years 🙂 Moving abroad was one of the best things I have done in my life, so far! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!
Moving abroad for any reason sounds terrifying to me! But that’s probably because I’m not very adventurous. I researched the heck out of my current neighbourhood before we moved here last year and it was just the other side of my city! We covered this topic a lot in my World Cultures class last year and it was so interesting to learn about the different things to consider!
Aww, Cole, you really made my day! I am still laughing about you moving to the other side of your city, profoundly investigating on the neighbourhood first. I have moved abroad 16 years ago, from Germany to almost Africa (lol) I live on the Canary Islands, it’s part of Spain but geographically so much closer to Africa than to Europe.I wouldn’t probably move to the other side of the globe as it would take me days to get ‘home’ if there would be anything seriously wrong with my family or so. Now, I can get to my mom’s e.g. within 5-6 hours, which is easy to do. I never missed places I left behind, I do miss my people at times, but there are flights for! Thank you so much for coming over, I highly appreciate that!
Great tips. Maybe someday, I’ll put them to use. In the meantime, I’ve pinned this for future reference.
Thanks a lot, Jennifer. I highly appreciate that!