It’s not uncommon for many modern workers to get short-term contracts for working overseas. They are wonderful opportunities, but can also cause a lot of stress. Moving overseas for work is serious business, especially if you are going to a country you are not familiar with. Not to panic, here are several useful tips for moving overseas.
Think about What to Do about Your Stuff
If you are renting or own a home, you will have to consider how to secure your property and safeguard the things you own until you return once your contract ends. Renters should pack up everything and move the boxes to storage facilities until returning. You can move them back to your parents home, but it will be a hassle to bring it all back to the city if you resume work there. If you own a home, it’s also best to pack up everything or cover valuables with plastic sheets to protect from dust and damage. You might have to ask a neighbor to watch over your place too.
Familiarize Yourself with Local Culture and Language
If you are moving to a country you barely know anything about, start right away to learn about the culture, customs and languages of that country. You can read stuff online or ask the embassy in your country if lessons are offered. Also, it’s best to sign up for language lessons. Even if you only get to go for a week or two, you will be able to get used to the sounds of the language and get to learn one or two words.
Research Your New Job Position
Research in advance what you will be expected to do at your new job. See what your employer is expecting, and don’t hesitate to ask questions from your supervisor. If you work for a corporation, they might already have a training and familiarization program at hand. In any case, learn as much as you can to avoid culture shock once you arrive.
Reach Out to the Expat Community
Your new destination will certainly have an expat community living there. Reach out to this community in advance to get help and smoothen your moving process. This community can give you great tips about where to rent, local storage facilities to keep your stuff at, local sensibilities, how to handle money, where to eat, how to get about and so on. Don’t overlook this valuable resource and try to find other expat friends before you finally move.
Don’t be overwhelmed about moving overseas. Think about what a great opportunity it will be for your career and personal enjoyment.