It’s not always easy to find work. Sometimes, there aren’t enough jobs in our area, and we need to look to further afield. But if we’re going to say ‘cya later’ to our present home city, then why limit ourselves to a place elsewhere in the country? The world is getting smaller and smaller all the time, and it’s possible that you can look to other places around the globe for work. Below, we take a look at how you can find employment elsewhere, and some of what you can expect when you move.
We can all thank the internet for making it easy to find work overseas. If you have a LinkedIn account (and you should), you’ll be able to reach out to companies all over the world. It can be a slow process, one in which you have to travel down a few dead ends before finding a prospective employer, but if you’re eager enough to move abroad, then you’ll put the effort in. Don’t worry too much about the jobs that are or are not advertised; the trick is to identify the overseas company you want to work for and approach them directly.
Sorting the Essentials
There are some areas of the world where you don’t have to overly concern yourself with visas and the like (in Europe, you can move anywhere within the European Union if your country is a member). However, for the most part, this won’t be the case – you’ll need to arrange your work visa in advance of your move. Some countries also require you to have an immigration medical examination, or, if you’re moving to the country without a job already arranged, to prove that you can support yourself until you find employment. Wherever you’re planning on moving, you’ll be well-served by reading the immigration process to see exactly what you need to do.
Preparing for the Move
You’re going to experience a range of emotions before you set sail for a new country. You’ll be nervous, excited, and a little bit sad. You should prepare for your move well in advance of leaving so that you’re not rushing around in the days before your flight. If you’ve got everything sorted, you’ll be able to enjoy the last few weeks in your home country knowing that you’re all ready to hit the ground running once you land.
Living in a country has little resemblance to visiting a country. As such, even if you’ve visited the country multiple times before, you might still experience a bit of culture shock for the first few months. The best method is to simply roll with the punches; be a sponge, and absorb all that you can. In time, you’ll have everything figured out and will be able to give over more of yourself. And remember: it’s normal to feel homesick – but you can always return to visit, and have people from home come to see you. It’ll all be worth it in the end!