Did you know 20% of Americans with a college degree would choose to relocate abroad for a new job? Whether due to a promotion, better work/life balance, or new culture, the opportunities are there for those willing and able to take them. When you move abroad for work, there are many things you’ll need to consider, from visas and travel concerns to taxes and housing. The wise ex-pat starts preparing weeks or months in advance of the move. Keep reading for our top relocation tips for moving abroad for a career change.
1. Organize Your Insurance
Long-term travel insurance for ex-pats is vital to keep you safe during your stay in another country. Look for travel insurance plans that cover a wide range of things that may happen to you during your stay in another country, to avoid financial issues if something does happen. Whether you’re relocating for a few years or for forever it’s important to have travel insurance coverage in place. This can protect you from unexpected medical expenses, theft, or loss of personal belongings, and more. Some countries can have very high medical costs, so it’s important to make sure that you are covered in case of an accident or illness while abroad and will act as a safety net in case of any medical emergencies. Long-term travel insurance is particularly important for ex-pats living abroad, who may face unexpected costs due to illness or injury that can be difficult to cover without proper insurance.
2. Organize The Necessary Documentation
You may need certain documentation before you relocate abroad such as a valid passport, a visa or work permit, and proof of funds. You may also need to bring a letter from your employer or school stating that you have permission to work abroad. If you are moving with children, you should make sure that their passports are up to date and include both parents’ names on the document. If you are moving with a pet, you will need to make sure that your animal has the proper paperwork to travel abroad. Some countries require a rabies vaccine certificate and proof of inoculation against other diseases, plus a microchip. Remember also to bring copies of any degrees or diplomas you have that may be required for your new job.
3. Learn The Language
Whether you already have a job in place or will hunting for one upon your arrival, knowing the local language will ensure you can fit in and communicate. There are a number of resources available to help you learn the language, including local colleges and universities, private tutors, and even online courses. try and cram as much learning in as you can before you leave for your new home. It’s important to remember that learning a language is a process and not an event. You won’t be fluent after just one course or even two, so don’t lose hope if you find it difficult at first.
4. Plan Your First Month
Whilst you may choose to find a new home once you’ve arrived and got the lay of the land, organize somewhere to live for the first month so that you have a base and don’t have to stress about moving accommodations several times. Book some house or apartment viewings right away so that you can find somewhere you like as quickly as possible.
5. Reach Out To Future Colleagues
Networking is essential for any career climber, but who says you have to wait to make contact until after you’ve relocated? The truth is, you can start networking before you even step foot in your new city. You can start building your network before you leave by reaching out to the people in your new city. This can help you make connections before you even move there, which makes it easier to get settled once you do arrive. It’s always far easier to make a move abroad if you know you’ll see a few friendly faces when you get there.
6. Get Packing
Packing to relocate abroad can feel overwhelming. You want to make sure you only take what is absolutely necessary. Shipping costs can be expensive so avoid bringing items that you won’t need on your arrival. Make a packing list on a spreadsheet and then pack up your items room by room. Number your boxes and note on the spreadsheet the contents of each numbered box. This will help you when it is time to unpack. You can also use the spreadsheet to track your shipping costs and estimated arrival date so that you’re fully organized and on top of your budget.
Which of these tips will you be trying before you relocate abroad for a career change? Share in the comments!