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Ways to Prepare Yourself Before Working Abroad

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jun 29, 2017 8:44 PM

Working abroad can be a fantastic asset to not only your CV but also personal development and the ability to become highly adaptable and culturally aware. Many people who have experience working overseas say that it is also one of the best ways to see the world in an authentic and affordable way too. With that being said, be sure to take a note of some of the best ways in which you can prepare yourself for working abroad and keep yourself safe, happy and prepared for your latest adventure.

Get your paperwork sorted

If you are staying any country for any period of time, it's important to get all of your paperwork in order before you go and well in advance for that. For example if you are working in Europe, you will need to get your UK EHIC card renewal sorted in good time before you travel.

Save some money

While you may be looking to find work overseas, it is still a good idea to get some money saved and gathered up for any form of long term travel plans. This will allow you have a more comfortable start and will help you in the event of emergencies or any unprecedented situations. Security should come at the top of the list for anyone looking to live overseas.

Culture shock preparation

While you may think that you know enough about a particular country of city before moving there and working there, it has to be said that there are certainly some things you will learn along the way that will challenge any preconceptions. Being in a different environment than you might be used to will ultimately bring some challenges so one of the best things you can do is continue to see your time working overseas as a learning curve.

Pack intentionally

While you may instantly be drawn into packing things like you favourite teddy bear or very photo album your mum has ever had, it's important to do your research and pack according to more practical reasons. For example, before you move be sure to research the following areas:

  • What is the weather like?

  • What are the seasons like?

  • Do I need any specific equipment for work?

  • What are the material and lifestyle costs in your new destination?

Sometimes packing less and with more intention will allow you to do more once you have arrived and then you can start to build up as you go along.

Research costs

Moving willy-nilly is not a good idea if you are looking to make it working in another country and could lead to some disastrous scenarios! Be sure to make a list of the things you need to live comfortably now and then take away things that are not entirely necessary. You can then use this list to build up a picture of how much you will need to replicate what you need overseas. This will paint you a far more practical picture of how much money you will need to get started with your new life.  

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