Are you sitting at your desk dreaming about faraway mountains, fast-paced cities and white sandy beaches?
But just in case you are considering moving abroad in 2019, you should ask yourself these 8 questions first (not that you would ever want to leave your
boring stable desk job of course).
Am I willing to give up my current role?
Are you ready to hand in your notice and try something new? Before you take the plunge ask yourself if you’re willing to leave this position and your current colleagues behind (at least for now).
What are the top five companies that I would like to work for?
Moving is an exciting time. Wouldn’t it be great if you could seal the deal with an amazing company too? Before you leave, write out a hit list of the top five companies that you would like to work for. Check out where they are based and where they have their daughter offices. Aim high!
Can I obtain the necessary work permit or visa?
If you’re planning an overseas move, you need to find out how long it will take to get your visa or work permit. Check out the country’s immigration page for more info on the different types of documents available to you.
Do I speak the language?
You should think very carefully before moving to a non-English speaking country. At the very least you should make an attempt to learn the basics before you go. You should also try to immerse yourself as soon as possible.
How much money do I want to save?
Not earn! Wages will vary greatly between different locations. For example, salaries will be much higher in Australia than in South East Asia but it will also be a lot more expensive to rent an apartment or buy your weekly groceries.
What you really need to examine is the cost of living plus how much you would like to save each month. (Savings) + (cost of living) = desired salary.
Where will I live?
Take some time to research rental prices in your desired city or area. Are apartments usually non-furnished? What is the best way to find housemates? Will you need to bring a deposit and references? You can usually find this information on expat discussion boards or Facebook groups.
What will I miss most about home?
Homesickness doesn’t just affect teenagers heading off to college for the first time. Before you leave home you need to weigh out the pros and cons of working abroad and think about the consequences very seriously.
Will you be able to keep in touch with family and friends? Are you independent enough to move somewhere on your own? Will you struggle without home comforts? Be honest with yourself and you will be better equipped to deal with homesickness when it comes.
How will I meet new people?
It’s important that you consider how you are going to make friends in your new destination. While work is a great place to meet like-minded locals you should also research some potential clubs or sports teams that you could join when you arrive. Making friends will help you to acclimatise to your new surroundings much quicker.