Moving abroad for work can bring with it a whirlwind of emotions: excitement, stress, joy and fear. Landing a new job and upping sticks across the globe can be tricky and in order for you to settle down into your new job and place of residence without any hiccups, there are a few things to tick off your working abroad checklist.
Get to grips with the culture
Every country conducts business slightly differently and you’d be surprised at the alteration between countries, provinces or states work-life balance. Some countries are more formal in their approach to business than others, whereas some can be laidback.
But with these differences comes a chance to interact with new people and different cultures, often including tasty food and drink, and the opportunity to create potential long-term friendships.
It’s worth doing your research beforehand; do you know someone who currently works or has worked and lived in the country your moving to? If not, try looking at online forums to find out more about the culture, and pose the question to your new employer at the interview stage.
Get to know the Visa requirements
Each country has varying types of work visas so it’s a good idea to fully research regulations surrounding the one you will be under. Sorting out your Visa is an essential part of the working abroad checklist and a very time-consuming task, so make sure you start this way ahead of time. Information regarding Visa’s can be found here and if you’re working with a recruitment consultant, they will also be able to give you helpful advice on the type of Visa that’s right for you.
Figure out the finances
An important part of getting ready for working abroad means figuring out your finances and making sure you research and prepare for international taxes, banking and national insurance. Let your bank account back home know where you will be moving to, as using your card abroad without telling your bank can lead to your card being blocked for security.
You will also need to open a local bank account as soon as you arrive at your new location, so you are able to receive a wage and pay for rent. Be sure you take into account the difference in currency and calculate your earnings with the cost of living, make sure you don’t get caught short and research general costs etc beforehand.
Are you a contractor? You may not be allowed to use your limited company in the country you choose to work in and may have to go through an Umbrella company, if you don’t have one of these ask your recruiter to consult you on this. It’s usually the case that the recruiter already works with an Umbrella company and can advise one suitable for you.
Getting set up for the move
When getting ready for the actual move, you should pack the essential items straight away and save the not so urgent items for later. Moving to another country can be a little stressful so have a clear out and try and get rid of unnecessary items and get some help from family and friends if you can.
Another key working abroad checklist item is sorting out your accommodation. Make sure you arrange your accommodation before you arrive and keep in mind you might need a copy of your employment contract and local bank account details in order to rent a temporary residence.
Got kids? Then setting up school arrangements will also be on your working abroad checklist. Don’t forget their educational certificates (translated and officially stamped) and if you think they may need additional help with the local language, make sure you speak straight away with the school or local council.
Once you move it’s also a good idea to scout out the area, including the transport and how you will be commuting to the office. Your fellow colleagues will also be able to advise you on the best route to work, along with the best places to eat and drink.
Be certain of your decision to work abroad
Choosing to work abroad can be an easy decision for some but difficult for others. Have you weighed up the pros and cons of moving? Have you spoken to your partner and family members? Moving can have a big impact on your personal and social life but often for the better!
Working abroad can be scary at first but it can also create some of the best experiences of your life, by stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring and embracing the local culture you won’t regret your decision to work abroad.
If you’ve been working with a recruiter to find your new role abroad then they will have advised you about some, if not all, of the things mentioned in our working abroad checklist. However, if you’ve worked with a recruiter previously but came away with a poor experience make sure you are asking your recruiter the right questions.
Working abroad isn’t as scary as it sounds and can lead to endless opportunities, professionally and personally. If you’re currently considering a new role, or the chance to relocate for a change of scenery take a look at our latest vacancies or get in touch with us.