Are you prepared to work abroad?

Questions aroundWork abroad. Why should we talk about it? What is the difference between working in your home country and working abroad? Just find a job as you do anywhere – home or abroad.

Ok, you might need to know another language in order to be able to work abroad. That’s it?

Well, it might be worth to remember and think about some other issues, such as:

  • business etiquette, which varies sharpenly, especially if you change continents
  • dress code
  • cultural differences at work and outside it
  • legal differences (form of the contract, what it should include, whether or not you should have work permit, visa, registration/national insurance number etc.

Also if you read this article before going to work abroad, you should evaluate very well pros- and cons- of going to work abroad. I am not saying you should not do, vice versa, it could be interesting experience, but you will be able to gain much more from it and has less upset moments if you think twice and prepare carefully. Answer honestly to these questions. They are for you, not for me, so do not try to make the answer nicer than it might be.

  1. Why you would like to work abroad? Is it:
    1. To gain new experience
    2. To continue development of your career
    3. To earn some money
    4. To be with your beloved ones
    5. To change climate
    6. ….(post in the comments your version)
  1. What kind of job you would like to have there? Do you have all necessary skills and abilities for that job or may be there is something which should be done first? For example, a specific course or language test?
  1. What to your point will be advantages of working abroad, comparing to working in your home country, and what will be disadvantages? Are advantages greater than disadvantages?
  1. Are you prepared to be away from your beloved ones (family, friends, pets)? What is the longest period you have been away from home before?
  1. Are you capable of living alone? Have you ever tried?
  1. For how long time do you think to work abroad? How does this experience fit into your general life goals?  See another article on life goals, karta zelanij

Decision makingWrite down the answers. Leave them for a while. Return after a day or two. Look at them again. Are you hesitant or you are full of deceitfulness? If you are hesitating, what are the points you are not sure about? Talk to your close ones about them. Talk, but do not ask them for advice, it is better to create a discussion, to discuss pros and cons of your issue. If you even afterwards won’t be have clear answer there are two options:

  1. Leave the decision for later. May be it is not the right time.
  2. Write down all pros and cons, grade them – and see where you have more points.
  3. *extra option: Find your own, “third option”, which will help you to make the right decision.

Good luck!

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