Work Abroad

5 Tips for Finding the Work Destination of Your Dreams

Traveling to a different country for leisure is one thing, but if you’re considering getting a job abroad, you need a different approach. It’s going to be a big change, so make sure you’re prepared for it.

1.      Remember You’re Not Going to be a Tourist

Everybody has some idea of what their ideal work destination looks like. It may be a country where you had lots of fun on vacation or a place you’ve seen pictures of, and heard stories about. It’s very important that you remember when choosing your dream work location, you’re not going on holiday.

The first thing you’ll want to consider is that you’re not going to come back after a couple of weeks. There will be days you can spend having fun, but there are going to be plenty of boring ones as well. If you’re considering moving to a place that’s already famous for something, do some research to find out what else you can do there.

2.      Be Prepared to Face Language Barriers

If you’re thinking about moving to a country that speaks a language you are not really at ease with it, it goes without saying that you should start learning as soon as possible. While most jobs don’t necessarily require you to know the language, showing your future employer that you are well prepared to make the transition is certainly going to make you stand out. Getting a language certificate can’t hurt, no matter what field you work in.

It would be a shame to miss out on your dream job just because of this.

Even though you may be familiar with the language, bear in mind that there will be all sorts of minor difference that might not be in the textbooks. For this reason, when you go online to find a job, it might be best you search by industry or department, rather than a specific job description, as these might not overlap with the ones you know.

3.      Consider Scoping Out the Region Off-Season

If you’re moving abroad to work, even if you’ve already visited the country before, it might be a good idea to check it out off-season as well. Each country and region has their season when they absolutely shine, but you’re probably going to have to go through the whole cycle. A country that’s known for its warm beaches might be dreary during winter, and likewise a country that looks like a Christmas postcard in all the pictures might be a bit dull during the summer.

Remember, you’re not just picking out a job location, this is your dream work destination we’re talking about. It has to be a place where you’d like to spend a whole year, not just a few months.

4.      Make Friends Before You Leave

A great environment is not just about the places you’ll see, and things you do. The people who will be around you are going to have a major impact on your work, and life. So it might be a good idea to look up some Facebook or LinkedIn groups for people who have already made this kind of transition. They might give you some useful advice, and help you settle in even before you’ve left.

Networking early can also give you a better chance of landing an awesome job. Connecting with an online community of people who have moved to a different country can provide you with a great buffer, to help you ease into your new work environment.

5.      Give Yourself Some Time to Adjust

Once you’ve dealt with all of the preparations and paperwork, and you’re finally ready to move, make sure you give yourself some time to adapt to your new surroundings once you’ve arrived. No matter how much you love the place, your job, and the people around you, you shouldn’t dismiss the impact of this change. Most employers are probably going to understand your need to take some time before you start you working, so you can ask them to give you a couple of weeks before signing the contract.

Alternatively, if you haven’t already spoken to an employer, consider working from home for a while. It can be just the thing you need to help you get settled in, and really come to understand if this is your dream job location or not.

Your dream job destination is a very personal matter, and what may work for some, might not work for others. Finding this location depends a lot on what you feel would be your ideal work environment. This is perhaps the point you should focus on most when it comes to choosing the place you want to work in.

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Author bio: Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a Contributing Editor at School Choices. She has a great interest in everything related to job-seeking, career-building, and entrepreneurship and loves helping people reach their true potential.

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