Moving Abroad: A Roadmap – Part 3
Finding Employment & Study Opportunities
Depending on your situation, you may already be employed before moving abroad. If you plan on finding a job once you arrive at your destination, it is important to ensure that you meet the legal requirements to engage in a paid work scenario. The job market in some cities can be incredibly difficult to enter and, as such, you should plan for this accordingly by budgeting for an extended period without an income. If you are planning on entering the destination country on a tourist visa and then seeking work, do as much research and planning as possible in advance, as well as setting up interviews and meetings. Your tourist visa may only be valid for a short period.
Engaging with a recruitment agency is also a smart way of increasing your chances of securing employment. Learning the local language, even if it is not required, can be a successful way of communicating to potential employers your desire to live and work in this location. Regularly scanning global career sites, such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc., will ensure you see new job listings as they are made available. Consult with an employment specialist at your destination also that can assist in creating a CV that meets local standards. It is important to stay positive during this scenario, as it may take some time, and don’t lose sight of your original intention and passion to move abroad and work in a foreign environment.
Studying abroad presents an exciting opportunity for those looking to broaden their horizons. Whether you are looking to commence study abroad or transfer your current studies to a university or institute in a foreign country, you should communicate with the embassy or consulate in your own country, as well as the intended place of education, and gauge an understanding of the following things:
- Acceptance into the University/Institute
- Student Visa Application Process
- Ability to Work, as well as Study
- Tuition Fees
- Student Accommodation Options
- Living Expenses
Ensure that the study you pursue falls in line with your professional endeavors, that you may have the future opportunity of gaining professional experience in the foreign environment also. Research the university or institute thoroughly to know that it offers the courses and specific levels of training that you require while furthering your education. Taking the opportunity to study abroad will provide you with the chance of learning another language, making important professional contacts, increasing the scale of your industry understanding, as well as proving to be a priceless life experience that many can only dream of.
Some Final Do’s & Don’ts
Looking back on this short series on moving abroad, we have reflected on possible reasons for moving, choosing the right destination for you, organizing visas/permits, ensuring you are covered by a comprehensive international insurance, as well as searching for employment and study opportunities. Below we will look at some final do’s & don’ts that will ensure you maintain a mindful and positive attitude to your relocation experience and aren’t left in any difficult situations.
- Rent. Renting is a safer option for the short-term while you decide if your new home is the right location for you. If buying is an option you, taking the time to live in the new environment first can help you assess which area you would like to purchase your property.
- Whether renting or buying, make sure it is somewhere you will be comfortable and convenient. Relocating to another city or country can be a tiresome experience and you will appreciate having your own “nest” to escape to after a long day.
- Investigate the areas that you are considering moving too. Do they meet your requirements? E.g. schools, shops, public transport, commute time, safety, etc.
- When moving for a relationship or personal reasons, ensure that you feel completely supported in the situation and confident about this big life change. Having a support network of friends or family may not be available to you, so be open to all possibilities and maintain a positive mind-set.
- It can be a good idea to bring things with you that will make you feel at home. Whether it is furniture, décor, or even certain foods, beverages or toiletries that you may not be able to get at your destination, go with the things that make you feel good about yourself and reminds that “home is where the heart is,
- Don’t make comparisons. Comparing your new home to your old home is pointless and won’t lead to a positive experience. Accept your new surroundings for what they are and search for the beauty in these things.
- Don’t close off from embracing the culture and traditions of your new environment. Be open and receptive to new experiences. To move abroad is an adventure, embrace that.
- Resist the urge to become complacent in what you know and settle your old life in your new home. Learn the language, even if just the basics. It will make such a difference in your ability to converse with locals and feel a part of the environment.
- Don’t feel isolated or become a hermit because you don’t know anyone yet. Join local expat forums online, groups on Facebook, and search for networking events. It will give you the opportunity to connect with like-minded people who are experiencing the same thing.
- Don’t expect to feel at home immediately. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It will take time and patience to feel comfortable and at home in your new surroundings. Be patient and have fun. Enjoy this incredible experience.
- Don’t be afraid to socialize with your new colleagues. Go to after-work events, have lunch with people to feel drawn to, and don’t be afraid to open up about your experience of living abroad so far. Most people will probably understand and prove to be supportive. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making friends.
Hopefully this blog series, Moving Abroad: A Roadmap, will make your experience of moving abroad a peaceful and exciting one. Our international travel and health insurance experts are only a phone call away if you any questions or concerns about your level of protection while relocating yourself and or your family.
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