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With little sign of a rapid rebound in the strength of the UK economy, it’s perhaps unsurprising that so many people are casting their gaze overseas in search of new career opportunities. Britain has been dogged by persistently high unemployment over the last few years, and even many of those who have been able to find work have had to make do with part-time roles. Although the prospect of starting afresh in a foreign country may well be a very tempting one, there’s certainly a lot to think about before you move overseas for work. Here are some tips you may wish to bear in mind.
1) An article at Jobs.ac.uk notes that one of the most important things to think about before you decide to move is whether relocation would really help your career prospects. Think carefully about your future career trajectory and what opportunities are likely to be open to you in the years ahead.
2) Leaving family and friends behind can be a real wrench, so you’ll need to think about whether you’re really prepared to start out in a new country. Settling into new surroundings is always a challenge, particularly if you don’t know anyone else over there. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the possible culture shock you may experience.
3) When looking for work overseas, you may also need to supply additional information about your qualifications. You may also need to have references translated and possibly your CV as well. It’s a good idea to explain your situation to the HR department of the organisation you’re applying to work for, as they should be able to provide you with some useful assistance.
4) If you’re moving to a non-Anglophone country, acquainting yourself with the local language can make a big difference when it comes to settling in. It might be tempting to simply surround yourself with British expats, but getting to know a new culture is an experience you should be careful not to shut yourself away from. Learning the language can really help break down barriers.
5) Once you’ve decided to make the move, it’s time to start planning it. A guide at eHow.com recommends first of all that you think carefully about which belongings you want to take with you to start out on your new life. Draw up an inventory and then decide which items you can’t do without, and those which you can.
6) Your best bet is to then get in touch with a specialist overseas home removals firm to do the legwork when it comes to the move itself. You can probably imagine just how stressful and time-consuming making those arrangements by yourself can be, so recruiting professionals is advisable.
7) Make sure you’ve got your visa sorted out well in advance. Take a look online to find out more about the process of applying for a visa and what you’ll need to do.
8) Ensure you have the paperwork you’ll need – which includes your birth certificate, tax information, insurance documents and any relevant medical records.
9) Arrange any necessary vaccinations for yourself and your family before you set off to start life in your new country. You can find out more by looking online, or speaking with your GP.
Ensure your mail is redirected from your old address to your new one starting from the date you move – that way, any important documents will be sent straight to you rather than languishing on the doormat at your old home.