When we think of careers, we tend to think about what we want to do rather than where we want to do it. We’ll consider roles and paths and, unless you’re going after a specific role that has to take place in a specific place (for example, a job on oil rigs, in marine biology, or something similar), you will generally stay close to home. But sometimes, you may find that the very role you’re carrying out right now could be much more profitable or enjoyable for you overseas. Here are a few pieces of information that can help you to get along in the right direction if this is something that’s taken your fancy!
Finding a Career
First, you need to find an actual role overseas. Find job sites that are popular in the country you’re considering moving to and seek out positions. Submit your CV or resume and add a cover letter noting that you’re willing to move for the position. You need to make sure that the area you’re interested in is actually recruiting right now.
Visiting the Country
Of course, you’re going to have to make sure the country you’re planning on living on is somewhere that you’d actually want to live. All too many people romanticize and idealize particular countries. They’ll form their opinion on what they see in films and TV shows. The truth is, this can often result in disappointment. You can’t build a place up without having even been there to be sure you like it. By visiting the country you’re interested in, you can check that you like the climate, the scenery, the pace of life and more.
Have the Basics In Place
If you plan to move and work in some countries, you’ll need to go through a process that allows you to do this legally. For example, to work in America, you’re likely to need to go through the EB5 process. Make sure to check the protocol in the country you’re planning to move to and ensure you have everything necessary in place to actually go ahead with the move.
Learning the Local Language
If the country you intend to move to has a different national language to your native tongue, you need to start learning it in advance of moving there. If your job is an English speaking role, you’ll be fine at work. But you still need to make sure that you can communicate with people outside of work. Learning the local language will also ensure that you can read street signs, read ingredients lists on packets and more. Learning a language may feel difficult. But there are plenty of apps or pieces of language software out there that can help you along the way. The most popular include Rosetta Stone, Duolingo and Babbel. You can also take lessons!
Moving overseas to work is a big life step. Hopefully, some of the above information will help to simplify the process and get you started on the right path!