Avoiding stress whilst planning a new life overseas

Avoiding stress whilst planning a new life overseas

Avoiding stress whilst planning a new life overseas

Moving house in the home country is a stressful enough experience, but moving yourself overseas to start a new job can be even more stressful unless preparations are properly completed.

Relocating to an unfamiliar country and taking on a new job on arrival isn’t the way to have a quiet life, but can do wonders for your career and cultural awareness if your to-do list is comprehensive. The entire process can be exciting as well as confusing, especially if you don’t have a job set up in advance. In many overseas locations it can take weeks or even months before you find the right position, meaning it’s best to get some idea of your prospects before you start to pack your bags.

Of course, if you’re emigrating on assignment, most of the work’s being done for you by those familiar with scary stuff like visas, work permits if necessary and health insurance. If leaving your home country is your very own idea, surveying the jobs market and finding out what’s available is essential. Social media can help, as can head-hunting agencies, and if you’re planning on self-employment a word with a local lawyer as regards legalities, tax matters and the correct visa is the best way forward.

Networking offline often results in a job, although it’s best to check exactly what you’re getting into. Professional networking events take place in most countries’ major cities and are often advertised on local expat forums. Checking out your potential working environment even before you leave home is recommended, especially if you’re heading to exotic locations in Asia or South America. Cultural differences can upset the best-laid plans, and it’s usually too late to change your mind once you’re there!

Relevant work experience in the field you’re interested in can work wonders and even get you a job without your needing a degree in the sector. Teaching English is the perfect example, although you’ll almost certainly need to get a TEFL certificate either after you arrive or before you leave your home country. If getting your foot in anyone’s door is proving too challenging, volunteering or getting an international internship is the way forward, and often leads to the perfect job.

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