3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job

3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A JobAs 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.

3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job

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 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job

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.

3 Things You Should Know Before You Move Abroad For A Job

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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9 Comments

  1. 18th September 2017 / 5:15 pm

    You can never learn too much about another culture! I agree – read books, try to meet some people from the country you’re moving to. I’ve lived in Turkey for 5 years and I absolutely loved it, and I think one reason is because I tried to be open and learn a lot from locals.

  2. 18th September 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Congrats on the job in Ireland! I would love to visit there one day! I’ve lived abroad for the last four years in Beijing and London (I’m from Canada) and really have enjoyed it. I agree with all three of your points. I think the more research you do before you go the better, so that hopefully you will experience less of a culture shock,

    • Trudy Danso
      21st September 2017 / 10:13 am

      Oh wow! I’ve lived in London as well! Which city did you like the most? And I would love to visit Canada as well.

  3. 18th September 2017 / 5:42 pm

    This was super helpful to me. I’ve been thinking about moving abroad and hadn’t considered a few of these things. I knew I’d need to bulk up my savings, but hadn’t thought about maybe needing to use a hotel for a bit until I can get my accommodations lined out. Thanks for the tips! Excellent post!

    • Trudy Danso
      21st September 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thanks Angel! Glad I could help πŸ™‚

  4. Edith
    20th September 2017 / 6:44 am

    Great read πŸ€—. Good for future reference. I don’t have a job or anything but this is good to know. You never know where life may take us.

    • Trudy Danso
      21st September 2017 / 9:48 am

      exactly πŸ™‚

  5. 2nd October 2017 / 11:07 am

    Great article about working aboard. Lot of people like to work aboard these days. Because from another country you gain so much experience other the job it self. Will be important to everyone who wants work aboard. Cheers, keep these coming.

  6. 16th October 2017 / 10:29 am

    Read this because I’m planning to move to the UK in 3-4 years time. I agree with #1! x

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