Time To Soar – Moving Abroad For A Job…Should You Do It?

Nowadays, so many people travel the world and make a living, such as nomadic bloggers.  With the increasing amount of dissatisfaction people of a certain skill level have with regards to their working lives, if the opportunity was to present itself, where they could move to another country, the first instinct would be to jump at it. But, have you ever considered if moving abroad for another job is worth your while? Is it your time to soar?

 

The Excitement

While we should all take the opportunity to explore the world, and get involved with other cultures as much as possible, the fact of the matter is, we are only able to do so when we are on vacation, and if we are struggling financially, these occasions are going to be few and far between. So, if the opportunity presents itself for you to go to another country or for the purposes of a job, it could be an exciting prospect because you would be starting again. The new horizons, new cultures, and a whole different way of living could be what you need to shake up your dull and drab life. This could be the opportunity for you to draw a line in the sand, but we all know that the reality of the situation is far different than the prospect.

 

The Reality

It’s a very definite thing when you are taking on a new job, even in your hometown. You are always taking a leap into the unknown, and when you are moving abroad for a new job, you need to ask yourself if this is something you are, firstly, capable of doing, and, secondly, if you are doing this to escape your current lifestyle. We all have problems that we prefer to run away from, and do you think packing up and moving to a whole new country, where it is just you (and possibly your family), will magically solve all of your woes?

 

If you are going by yourself, and you feel there is nothing keeping you at home, then, by all accounts, you should take the opportunity to expand your horizons, and expand your career at the same time. It is that feeling of hurtling into the unknown that can be the making of us. There are numerous jobs that request you relocate to a foreign country, and those applicants will have gone through a lot of soul-searching before sending off their resume, but others who have sent off the application on a whim, and have found that they sailed through the interview process, may find themselves deciding that it is really is time for a new start.

 

The Administration

If you’ve made the decision, and you are going for it, it’s time to start the administrative process. Visa considerations are numerous and complex, but this is the tip of the iceberg. You need to consider the cost of living, as well as the costs of relocation. Sometimes, it is easier to move abroad by yourself, when you have very little in the way of personal items, as this makes the process simpler, but also cheaper. Before you embark on this step, you need to look at settling into a new country with ease.

 

This means finding out about property rental costs, as well as various household and living costs. It is always worth undertaking some research into the various rental costs, especially in a country where you will have to do a little bit of math to figure out the appropriate exchange rates. Sites like https://www.rumah.com/rumah-disewa/di-area-surabaya-idji29 give you an idea of the costs in Surabaya, East Java for rental properties. This is, arguably, the most stressful part of relocating to another country, and you may begin to have second thoughts at this point, but this is completely normal, it’s just the fact that this is all new for you.

 

The Career

What you need to think about greatly before relocating is what this career move is going to do for you in the long run. It’s important, before accepting the role, that you research your employer beforehand. The big mistake a lot of us make is that we don’t necessarily think about the job in the round, such as the work-life balance, the work ethic of this company, and if the role is going to lead to bigger and better things. Lest we forget, work only makes up a third of our life, and so we need to consider how the career is going to fit in with our day-to-day life. There are numerous resources online, where people have posted their experiences of relocating to a new country for a job and, as you’d expect, there are numerous positives and negatives. It’s worth considering the usual issues, such as the daily commute, how the company treats their employees, and if your employer would support you in all the ways you’d hope.

 

The Lifestyle

Everything seemed perfect on paper, the role is ideal, the country is beautiful, but you may still find yourself feeling like an outsider. This culture shock is natural, not just because of the fact you are heading into the unknown, but you have to be prepared for a period of time where you are going to feel like a fish out of water. There’s an article on https://www.ft.com/content/e0d0ea6a-640f-11e8-90c2-9563a0613e56 that shows you the trials and tribulations involved in making friends in a new country, but this is only one aspect. If you are doubly sure that your employer will look after you, especially when you are making this transition into a new life, you still have to overcome certain challenges yourself. If you are in another country where the way of life is unlike anything you’ve experienced before, you either go with the flow, or you find your own method of coping. And, it’s at this point where the realization dawns on you. You may feel like an alien in a strange land, but, it’s either time to make the most of this new challenge, or to consider whether home is where the heart is. If it’s a temporary position, it’s a great way to experience another culture and way of life, because you know it will come to an end, but if it’s a permanent move, you need to ensure that you have infinite emotional resources to cope with all of the changes. We all think that we can cope, which is why we’ve taken the job in the first place, but it can feel like we’ve bitten off more than we can chew.

 

So, should you ever move abroad for the sake of a job? It’s not an easy answer, because, in so many ways, you won’t know until you physically do it. While there are many people young enough who are concerned with the financial and social aspects of life, that a new country can provide a fascinating and new perspective on everything. But there may come a time when you’d want to move home, for personal reasons, or you might just find that you are homesick. On the other hand, this could be the making of you in a personal and professional sense.

 

Moving to another country for work requires you to question everything about yourself, but as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons personally, the benefits of a professional career in another country could prove to be more lucrative, and you may feel that you are finally fitting in somewhere, and if not, you can always go home, as time away working in another country stands out on your resume.

 

 

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Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/