Career Testing
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WORKING ABROAD / AUG. 07, 2013
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Implications of Working Abroad

Working abroad can be a liberating and exciting opportunity to enhance your career and build upon your personal life experiences. It means obtaining employment, earning a different salary and moving to another country to experience a new life in a country that is not your own.

More and more people every year are moving abroad for work purposes. Their reasons are varied: from seeking a better climate to a desire to earn more money, everyone has their own personal motivations for wanting to emigrate to another country for employment purposes. The implications of such a move are enormous: adapting to a new culture can be overwhelming and oftentimes difficult; some people do not bear every aspect in mind before leaving and this often results in feelings of frustration and a desire to move back to their country of domicile.

It is therefore of great importance to bear every aspect in mind before moving abroad for work purposes.

Immigration

The first thing to consider is whether or not the country you have chosen to move to has any Visa requirements. If this is the case, how do you obtain a working visa? Is it possible to acquire a visa without first being offered employment? Or do you need to be offered work first in order to obtain the relevant visa? As well as visa requirements there may also be other immigration needs that need to be addressed. For example, what other documents will the immigration authorities need to see? How often will the visa need to be renewed? What documents will I need in order to drive in this country? There are countless other questions that should be asked before you have completely committed yourself to moving abroad.

Financial implications

One of the main reasons why many people choose to move abroad is due to the low taxes offered to international employees. However there are other financial factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as the price of property (whether you wish to buy or to rent), or even the cost of a simple food shop. How strong is the country’s economy? How far is your salary going to take you? Many countries offer the appeal of exceptional salaries, but it is important to bear in mind the stability of its economy, the strength of its currency and its tax fees.

Health and Safety

Health is the number one priority of most people and it is fundamental to find out about the health system in your new country of residence. Is the health system public or private? Will you be offered any health insurance? What happens if you become hospitalized? How helpful are the police services? What is the political system like? Is there support for international workers?

Convenience

When moving abroad it is important to acknowledge how different your country of domicile is from your new location. Questions of convenience need to be addressed, such as where is the nearest airport? How convenient is the public transport system? What time do places open and close, such as local post offices and convenience stores? Will your job require you to travel extensively? Is it necessary to purchase or rent a car? How helpful are the immigration offices?

Weather

Working abroad is an exciting venture however even minor differences with one country of domicile need to be acknowledged. How different is the weather from one’s home country? Are you able to cope with extreme conditions, such as excessively hot temperatures? Will the cultural differences become too difficult to deal with?

Personal

Moving abroad is a huge life changing opportunity and there is a lot to consider when making such a decision, such as being away from your family, being away from the comforts of home, not having access to your favorite shops. These are minor factors that they become imperative if not correctly acknowledged and addressed.  

 

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