So, you’ve managed to secure your dream job in a country overseas. You’re likely to be excited and a little nervous about making the move, but don’t let that get in the way of the amazing opportunity you have in front of you. There are some things that you will need to prepare for and get sorted before your move, especially if your new job consists of using a language different from your own.
Working abroad is one of the most exciting ways to travel and explore new cultures, whilst also getting the chance to take part in some amazing experiences. If you are prepared to move to a new country for a job, then firstly you should make sure that it is not only for the opportunity, but there is also a great employer who may be able to offer you a favorable contract after your time there. So, how exactly do you prepare for a new job overseas?
Have Reserve Funds
Working abroad means that you’re likely to not need to save as much money in the long-term. It is one of the biggest reasons why people choose to work abroad, as they get to travel and earn money.
It’s usually cheaper to travel with local currency as you’ll be replenishing your budget with each new paycheck. However, it is important that you arrive in your new country with money in the bank. Although you have a guaranteed source of income, moving is expensive and you don’t know what may happen before you get your first paycheck.
There are so many things that can happen which you may not be expecting. You might not get your first paycheck for a month, you may need to put a deposit down for an apartment or you get ill whilst adjusting and need to visit a doctor. All of these things may be unlikely but will put a huge strain on you financially if they were to creep up on you. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Research The Culture
Do you know the cost of living? How to open a bank account? Which mobile provider offers the best international rates? These are all important questions which are worth asking. You may think that it is easy to figure out these things once you arrive, but there will be a lot that you need to sort out and arrange.
You also need to prepare yourself for a culture shock. Change brings chaos with it, which is only heightened by living in a new, strange environment. During your first month, there may be tears and stresses, but this is to be expected and is just part of the change process. The best way to navigate culture shocks is to continue exploring and experience everything that your new area has to offer you.
Take some time to look at what life will be like in your new country. Look up some local slang or language phrases and make a list of useful contacts beforehand. Having things to handy will eliminate stress when you arrive as you’ll already have it prepared.
Prepare Your Paperwork
You won’t realize how important this is until you need it. Make sure that you have all of your references and statements from your current job secured and written down, as well as additional ones from volunteer work or other job stints you have had previously. You never know what you might need and when.
Before you leave your home country, check that all of your paperwork is correct and that you have everything you need for your new job. Degree and education certificates, references, statements, and visas should all be up to date and organized.
Check that you have everything you need for your visa. You’re likely to be traveling on a very specific visa which limits your time in the country you are in, so having proof of this is always a good idea. A lot of countries are currently undergoing huge political changes, which is having a knock-on effect on the way that visas operate.
The UK and USA, as well as some middle-eastern countries, are going through lengthy processes, so having the right visa documentation is vital. With so many different restrictions in place and at risk of changing suddenly, having a valid visa for the duration of your stay is important, especially if you need to receive emergency medical attention during your trip.
If you need to find out more information about your visa during your stay or want to find out how to extend your visa duration, don’t hesitate to contact a specialist immigration lawyers or contact the country’s government visa team for advice.
Research The Costs
This is something that most travelers trip up on and you don’t want to receive a shock bill whilst in an unfamiliar new country. Before you head out, make a list of everything which you need to live comfortably now. Cross out any which aren’t truly necessary for the moment, such as streaming apps or TV subscriptions.
Research the costs of the other things which are on your list. You may discover that there are some things which are just not worth paying for, so you should scrap these from your list. You can prepare for working abroad by researching the best prices beforehand and value these against different companies and providers. Take into consideration things such as phone and internet services, plus rent and transportation costs.
You should also be aware of what tax you need to pay and if you are entitled to claim any of it back at any point during or after your trip. A lot of people overpay and overcomplicate tax without noticing. You may be eligible to claim tax back if you were taxed incorrectly or didn’t work there for the whole tax period.
Get To Grips With Your New Area
One way to tackle the culture shock is to try and incorporate some sameness into your life from before. Carry out plenty of research on your new home beforehand so that you can see where these things are and how you can weave them into your new life.
Remember, you won’t be working all day every day so you need to find things to do in your free time. You won’t create many experiences or memories by watching Netflix every night; so find things of interest in your new area. For example, if you love visiting food markets or walking through national parks, then find out where these are in proximity to your new destination.
It is also a good idea to get an indication of the layout of the region where you will be living and where the best places to live are. You don’t want to get there with no secured accommodation and end up living somewhere where the crime rates are high or are on a bad transport route. Doing this in advance will save on a lot of stress and upset when you arrive.
Take note of the transport links in and around the area where you will be living. It may be a good idea to hire a car for the first month or so to help you get organized and work out where you need to go. Not only will this help you organize your new accommodation and furnish it, but you’ll get a better understanding of the town. The less planning you have to do when you arrive, the better you will feel.
This is a guest article written by Natalie Wilson
NATALIE WILSON IS A FREELANCE WRITER FOR MANY DIFFERENT BUSINESS PUBLICATIONS. WITH A RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE BUSINESS AND INSURANCE SECTOR, SHE IS AN AVID RESEARCHER AND WRITER IN THE FIELD. HAVING WORKED WITH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT BUSINESSES, NATALIE IS NOW A FREELANCE WRITER LOOKING TO SPECIALIZE IN THE TOPIC.