What You Should Know About Moving Your Career Out Of Country

August 14, 2018

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A Bold Career Move

Relocating your career out of the country can be an excellent way to take advantage of opportunities you would otherwise not have. Not only are there exciting new work possibilities, but the chance to travel the world and learn about other cultures. However, before jumping right into an international move, there are many things to consider:

1. Research Your Destination and Job

This step is paramount in making the decision to move your career. You need to learn about who your new boss and coworkers are going to be and if they are compatible with your style. You must also make sure your destination of choice is a good fit in terms of culture, language, climate, and safety. The last thing that some people would want would be to start working at their dream job and figure out six months later that where they now live has a 7-month rainy season. RESEARCH!  If you don’t know where to start, and you want a job with a relocation package, try these listings from Jooble!

2. Visa Challenges

Other governments usually require a passport and a work visa to make a living in their country. Sometimes an employer will apply for a work visa for you, but this is something you must ask about fairly early on in the job interview process. If you need to apply for your own visa, log on to the most relevant government website and start the application process after your job is secure. Don’t rely on someone else to do this for you.

3. How Will You Handle New and Old Property?

Workers who temporarily move out of the country for work may choose to rent their property and home. Not only can you return to it after the job ends, but renting your property can add some extra income while you are away. Consider hiring a property manager to handle landlord responsibilities if you are not able to. Check to see if you can list your place on Airbnb or VRBO.

Don’t forget about thinking about where you will rest your head once you reach your destination. Research the area around your new job; the neighborhood, safety, and comfort. You may need to get in contact with a property manager or realtor fairly early on depending on if you want to rent or buy a place to live.

4. Costs of Moving

Immigration processes can be difficult and costly if you want to take your personal belongings and furniture. Don’t forget to think about things like shipping charges and moving expenses. If it is more financially reasonable, you may want to purchase new furniture when you arrive. Check to see if your employer will cover your moving expenses before you make a final decision. 

5. Relocating Your Family

Some people who only immigrate temporarily choose to leave their families behind and visit them periodically. Decide if this is financially and emotionally viable or if it would be better to take your family with you. If you bring your family, you must consider their new placement as well, like where children will go to school or daycare. Your new employer may have resources to help you with these decisions. Got pets? Make sure to find out what the rules on bringing animals into the country you are moving to. 

Carefully consider each of these options before making the move to another country. Once you have your ducks in a row, you can enjoy the full range of your new opportunities and have a truly fulfilling career.


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