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Considering moving overseas for work?

Friday 19 May, 2017

 

Moving overseas for work may be one of the best steps you take for your career. Chess Moving can help you settle into your new life abroad.

Any ex-pat can tell you there’s nothing easy about moving overseas for work, but the rewards tend to outweigh the challenges.

Working overseas for a stint can do wonders for your career in the long-term. Research from Europe shows that even studying or doing an internship abroad boosts career prospects. These experiences build confidence, resilience and independence - traits that employers value.

This experience could be exactly what your resume needs to set you apart from fierce competition, especially in light of high unemployment rates.

Then there are perks that aren’t necessarily related to your career, such as enriching experiences that build your understanding of yourself and the world.

You’re probably someone who enjoys diving head first into other cultures. No doubt you’ve already spent time studying, volunteering or sightseeing overseas, so you’re fairly confident of your ability to thrive outside your comfort zone.

If you haven’t done much exploring beyond Australia’s borders, travelling is a good way to test the waters before making a long term commitment (circumstances permitting). And if you anticipate lingering homesickness, but still want to work abroad, a good option might be to relocate to a neighbouring country. This will make it easier for loved ones to visit, and you can return to Australia on a regular basis.

Living abroad can be lonely at times. This isn’t a decision you should rush into without considering what makes you happiest, but many expats say working overseas is worth the sacrifices they make.

It will help if you secure work before you leave, so you don’t have to stress over financial support. It pays to research the opportunities that other countries offer, based on the skills you have. But please be mindful of those who might try and take advantage through scams.

Networking is also a good idea. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and think outside the square. This might involve asking your company if they offer the option to travel or relocate.

If you don’t secure a job, make sure you set money aside on a regular basis while you’re working in Australia, so you have a safety net to fall back on while you’re looking.

There’s no shortage of obstacles to overcome as you start this new chapter - from navigating the paperwork and logistics, to handling the culture shock and homesickness. You may feel like you’re on a constant roller-coaster ride, during the first few weeks (even months) that you’re settling in.

Choosing a reliable removalist company to move your belongings will start your adventure on the right note. Chess Moving belongs to FIDI, a global network of certified international moving companies that follow the only quality standard for the global moving industry (FAIM). We go out of our way to make this process as carefree as possible for you.

Contact us today, to find out how we can help you plan the big move.

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