Working Abroad: 10 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Plunge

Working Abroad: 10 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Plunge

It was reported that over 5 million Brits were living and working abroad last year, with Canada, America and Spain being amongst some of the most popular destinations

So if you find yourself constantly dreaming of sunnier climes, working abroad maybe something you would like to consider.

Whether you choose to do it for a summer season or if you intend to live abroad for the foreseeable future, there are a number of things which you would need to consider before you make the big move to more exotic climates:

1) Destination
This is probably the most important decision you will need to make before you move abroad. You need to research the climate, culture and the job market of a county before you make the big move and assess if it suites your needs and personality.

2) The Legal Stuff
Some countries, especially those outside the European Union will require you to apply for a Visa, to enable you to work legally within the country. Also remember to take with you any important identity documents or qualification certificates to show to any potential employers.

3) Health
We are lucky in the UK, if we are ever sick, we know we will have access to a doctor or a hospital and wouldn’t be expected to pay for it out of our back pocket.  However, many other countries will expect a patient to pay for any healthcare they require, so it’s important to ensure that you have the correct medical insurance and know your rights in your intended destination. 

4) Cost Of Living
If you plan to work abroad for the long-term, you may think about renting or indeed buying a property. If this is the case, you should do your research into how much the cost of living is in a foreign country, often property prices are lower than in the UK, however day-to-day costs such as the price as food can be more expensive.

5) Language
Many countries such as America, Australia and South Africa use English as their native language, making them popular destinations for British ex-pats. However, learning the local language of a non-English speaking country before you go can you give you a massive advantage; you will be able to socialise more easily and it also may even help you blag that vital job role!

6) Money, Money, Money
Before you go, you will need to exchange a large quantity of money to take with you, so it’s important to do your research of where does the best exchange rate, so you can make sure you get the best value for your money.

7) Make Connections
If you can, try to build up some relationships before you head out to another country. Search online for any chat groups of other whom maybe heading to the same destination or if you can, strike up relationships with any future colleagues, to make the transition abroad a little easier.

8) Family Commitments
it’s important to assess if your big move will affect your friends and family circle. The big question to ask is; will anyone make the journey with you or if you are going it alone is there substantial communications available in your new destination to speak with them on a regular basis?

9) Logistics
How you are going to navigate your way around your new country is important, especially if you are commuting to and from work. If you also plan to visit the UK regularly, check your access to local airports and the price of flights.

10) Finally, Have Fun!
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself while working abroad, use this experience to network, gain additional qualifications and enjoy the local culture. Also don’t forget to travel around your country of choice, why not make a list of all the different places and attractions you would like to visit while you’re there!