Some of us think that working abroad is the key to success: better opportunities, higher pay rate, great working conditions, etc. However, there are many factors that must be considered when seeking greener pastures in a foreign land. A new culture and an unfamiliar language are just some of the issues that must be taken into consideration when thinking of a career abroad.
But another important thing to consider is your psychological readiness. Can you endure being on your own away from family and friends, in a place where you don’t know anybody and a culture very different form what you are accustomed to? If homesickness is not a problem, starting a career abroad may be difficult but it is not impossible as long as you prepared hard for it. Here are some things to look into when thinking of considering a career abroad.
Know you destination. Research intensively on the economic, political and cultural structure and stability of the country you want to consider moving to. Also take time to know if you can use your degree, experiences and skills to full advantage when working there or if you need to learn the language or other skills.
Does the industry you belong to thrive in your preferred destination? Remember that a career that thrives in your country may not exactly be as prolific in another. In such a case, are you willing to shift careers?
Use your network to get information about jobs in the country you are considering to move in. Ask a friend, a neighbor, a professor, or a colleague who has contacts or experience working abroad. Use all means possible such as emails, phone calls, your social networking sites to ask people you know and people you meet to hit you up if they hear of a job opening in their areas.
When applying for jobs abroad, indicate when you can be available or if you already have pertinent work-related documents. Also be honest about your oral and written business language skills.
Since you are applying for a job in a country that have a different culture, be prepared to deal with different interview techniques. You may want to research on these too so you won’t get shocked in case a potential employer ask a for a bizarre employment requirement.