As some of you might know, I moved abroad for a job in January this year. I was offered a job in Dublin, Ireland and that’s why I decided to move there. I’ve been here for almost 10 months now and today I want to share 3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job.
I moved to Dublin because I had the amazing opportunity to work on a project for Google. So currently I’m an account strategist for Google Adwords. I took the job because I knew this could make a massive change on my CV, especially as a recent graduate. Secondly I knew that I could learn a lot. And I was wasn’t wrong at all. As I was already living in London last year, moving to Dublin wasn’t something I was hesitant or scared to do. I was in Ghana when I was offered the job so I didn’t really plan anything or did some research before I left for Dublin. Because of that and through my experience I want to share 3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job.
1. Make sure you have enough savings
Moving to a foreign country is exciting but it involves a lot of preparations. To be honest a lot can only be done as soon as you arrive in the country as well. Yet it is very important to have enough savings because trust me you will make several unexpected expenses.
Some jobs don’t offer accommodation as soon as you arrive in the country. Therefore you have to find one yourself. Meanwhile if you don’t have any friends or relatives in that country you’re moving to, you will make expenses for either a hotel, Air Bnb or a hostel. If you don’t have enough, saved you can already imagine how this can lead to a very stressful situation. Furthermore you also want to have yourself financially covered until you sort out your bank account for the next payment.
2. Learn about the country’s culture
Moving to a different country means you are getting yourself exposed to a different culture. It’s good to do a little bit of research about the country’s culture. For example, here in Ireland it’s a usual thing to always say ”thank you” to the bus driver every single time you step out of the bus. In the Netherlands for example, it’s not something that you often see every single time people leave the bus. Reading and informing yourself about the culture can also in some cases prevent a ”culture shock.” This obviously depends on which country you’re moving to and what you’re also used to culturally. I often read about different countries by buying a travel guides from brands such as Lonely Planet or DK Eyewitness. They are really good!
3. Be ready to be mingle
If you’re moving to a different country for a job an you don’t know anyone, you’re basically starting from scratch. With that I mean, building new relationships. When I moved to Ireland a few months ago, I was struggling. I was having a hard time to open up myself to meet other people. I think to be honest, I was also not ready for it. In my opinion, it’s a lot more fun when you can drink a cup of coffee or can have dinner with a friend every once in a while. Especially when you’re in a city where you don’t know anyone. It can get lonely sometimes. So it’s good to join your colleagues when you get invited for several events. If that’s not the case, you can always find events and meet-ups yourself online.
That’s it for today guys! Let me know your thoughts on this. Have you moved abroad for a job before? How did you experience? Drop you comments below.
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