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When we think of careers, we tend to think of what we want to do more than where we want to do it. This is understandable. After all, many of us just assume that we will stay in the place we were born for the rest of our lives. But it’s always a good idea to consider all of the options that are available to you. You can often find there are better career opportunities further afield, or that you can receive more money for the same work in another country. So, if this sounds good to you and is something that you would consider, read on for a few sage pieces of advice regarding the process of pursuing a career overseas!

Finding a Career

If you’re reading this article, chances are that you already have some ideas in mind in regards to a career you can see yourself carrying out overseas. Perhaps you’ve heard that teaching English in certain countries pays well. Maybe you know that another country pays more for individuals with the qualifications that you already have than your home country does. Maybe you simply want a new start and fancy carrying on a similar role to the one you already have, but you want to work somewhere different. Whatever your reason for wanting to work overseas, you’re going to have to jump through similar hoops to land a job. It’s probably best to begin your search with the help of search engines. Google will be your best friend when it comes to rooting out potential positions. Alternatively, listen out for recommendations or look out for openings at specific companies you’re interested in. These will generally be listed in recruitment or “work for us” pages on their company websites. Another option (if you work for a brand that is already international) is to look up for openings in overseas branches.

Seeking Out Suitable Accommodation

Once you’ve found a career, it’s time to consider accommodation. Once these two steps are secured, you’ll be set and ready to go. When seeking out accommodation, it’s a good idea to use reliable sites like This will ensure that you get what you see online. Be wary of private sales or estate agents without recommendations. They can use clever angles and editing to make properties seem a whole lot better than they actually are in real life. They may even list images of properties that aren’t theirs to sell. By using reliable accommodation services and estate agents, you can feel secure in your purchase or in putting a deposit down on a place to move into.

Visiting the Country

While the previous steps can all be carried out relatively easily from home, you really do need to visit the country yourself before agreeing to any contracts, whether they’re for your new job or the accommodation you intend to live in. Why? Well, if you’ve never visiting the country you intend to live in before, how can you be certain that you definitely want to live there? Sure, everything may seem perfect on paper. But it’s not until you actually visit the place and get a feel for it that you’ll be able to be one hundred percent certain that it’s for you. Many people make the mistake of choosing a place to move to based on their preconceived notions of the given location. Perhaps they’ve watched a few films based there, a few novels written by authors originating from there, or particularly enjoy the country’s cuisine. But it’s extremely important that you understand that the way things are presented to us aren’t necessarily how they are in real life. Take Paris as a cautionary example. Every year, millions of people visit Paris and tens of thousands move to set up a new life there. They expect to turn up in the City of Lights. They’ll have watched Jean Luc Godard films and endless romances set in France’s capital. They’ll expect people to be walking around looking like models in famous French brands such as Chanel, Louboutin, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, and Pierre Cardin. They think that they will spend all of their time browsing the Louvre, dining in chic cafes, and taking picnics along the Seine. While these things may occur to an extent. There will be some attractive individuals, there will be some people wearing haute couture fashion, you might visit the Louvre once or twice, dine in cafes occasionally, and picnic along the Seine on your days off in the summertime, it’s important to remember that Paris is just a capital city like any other capital city. Similar sights can be seen and similar things will occur in the capital city of the country you currently live in. You just need to avoid overly romanticising or idealising any given location, or there can be negative effects. Just look at Paris Syndrome if you don’t believe us! This syndrome sees people become heartbroken and disoriented at finding Paris doesn’t live up to unrealistic expectations that they have built up in their imaginations before having set foot there. Similar feelings and conditions occur for any location around the world. So, visit the country you intend to move to and make sure you can genuinely see yourself living there.

Learning the Local Language

If the country you intend to move to has a different national language to your native tongue, you’re going to have to learn it. Sure, your job role may be English speaking. Sure, people in the area who will be working with you may speak English or at least know a little English. But you should start learning the local language as soon as possible. Firstly, this is a mark of respect. IT shows that you are willing to work to be able to communicate with people you will inevitably come into contact with in your new home. You also wouldn’t believe how much you casually communicate with strangers on a day to day basis, and not knowing the basics of the language of where you’ll be living will soon become an encumbrance. Sure, it may feel intimidating learning and new language, and you may feel like you already have a lot on your plate with seeking a new job and moving. But you can guarantee that this won’t be a wasted skill and will serve you well in the long run.

Learning Local Etiquette

Many of us automatically assume that when we head overseas, social situations will only be affected by language barriers. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Different cultures have different etiquette and you should be aware of local etiquette in order to avoid awkward situations or offending anyone. You can generally learn a lot from reading books on the country that you’re moving to, looking up local etiquette online, and watching vloggers speak about their experiences moving from one country to another. They generally note particular social cues or customs that stood out to them when they moved. You can use their experience and wisdom to your advantage!

As you can see, there’s a whole lot to bear in mind and take into consideration when it comes to pursuing a career overseas. But this shouldn’t put you off. Not only could you make a whole lot more money, or progress a whole lot faster, but you could find a true new home! So, start your search today.

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