Are You Ready for a Career Overseas?
But taking your chances for a career abroad entails more than just looking for a listing and flying there for work. Many factors must be taken into consideration when seeking greener pastures in a foreign land. Unfamiliar culture, foreign language and getting homesick are just some of the issues that working abroad may entail.
Working in a foreign land where you are on your own and very far away from your family, friends and the rest of your support group can wreak havoc in one’s mental and physical health. Beyond financial stability and the desire for career advancement, one must think of his psychological readiness before venturing into a career abroad.
Are you ready to endure being on your own away from family and friends? In a country where you barely know anybody and a culture very different from what you are accustomed to? It’s better to answer these questions now than to regret it when you are already thousands of miles away from home. Starting a career abroad may be difficult but it is not impossible as long as you prepared hard for it. Here are some things to look into when thinking of considering a career abroad.
Get familiar with your chosen destination. Having information about the economic, political and cultural structure and stability of the country you want to consider moving to will give you a lot of peace of mind. While researching about these information, also take time to know if your degree, experiences and skills can be used to full advantage when working there. Another important information you should look for is if you need to learn the language or other skills in able to be successful there.
Does the industry you belong to thrive in your preferred destination? Remember that a career that thrives in your country may not exactly be as prolific in another. In such a case, are you willing to shift careers?
Use your network to get information about jobs in the country you are considering to move in. Ask a friend or relative who works in the same destination on how he is doing and if he would recommend working there. You can also use your contacts about job openings in their areas.
When applying for jobs abroad, indicate when you can be available or if you already have pertinent work-related documents. Also be honest about your oral and written business language skills.
Since you are applying for a job in a country that have a different culture, be prepared to deal with different interview techniques. You may want to research on these too so you won’t get shocked in case a potential employer asks a for a bizarre employment requirement.
Work on improving your communication skills
Effective communication is a very important skill. You may be skilled in other areas but if you don’t communicate effectively you may find that you’re unable to build relationships and to understand other people. By improving your communication skills you’re equipping yourself with the tools to grow your network, connect with people, and thus enable others to help you in future.