Relocating and Jobs: What you should know?

If you’re looking for new experiences, working abroad could be your ticket. It’s a great way to live somewhere new and completely immerse yourself in not only the culture of a new country, but also a new workplace culture. And a bonus - you are guaranteed to experience things that you wouldn’t as a tourist!

Relocating to a new country isn’t easy, but at Juniper Shores we have some advice on how to make your transition as smooth as possible.

Go somewhere that suits your personality and lifestyle

Not a fan of Asian food? Perhaps Thailand or Bangkok aren’t going to suit you very well. Love rainy weather and pubs? The UK is definitely a country you can consider. These may seem like trivial matters, but they are daily concerns that can make or break your relocation.

You will also need to consider what your career goals are. Certain occupations are more readily available in specific countries. Are you willing to work a menial job to experience a new country, or is relocating part of your planned career trajectory?

Have a job in place before you move

It’s best to secure employment before moving to a new country. There are countless reasons why you might not be able to find your dream job on a whim, which could affect your career in the long run.

Many countries are also unlikely to offer you a work visa unless you already have a job and your employer is able to sponsor you. Another reason to secure employment before you leave is that companies often offer relocation packages - including accommodation, relocation costs and the like - which will make your move infinitely easier.

Save, save, save!

It’s important to be realistic about money. Not only the money it will cost to relocate, but the money you will need once you are there, as well as the money you will need to settle things like early contract cancellations before you leave.

Keep in mind that if you are moving from a country with a weaker currency, it’s going to be tough going for the first few months. You need to consider things like a rental deposit, replacing the items you had to leave behind, and groceries until you get your first salary.

Do your research

It’s important to research the country you’re planning to relocate to. This includes reading about the local culture, its history, the people, and their traditions. This will help you settle into your new job more easily, help you adapt to challenges more readily, and also help you avoid a massive ‘culture shock’ when you arrive.

Check out the employment rights

Knowing your rights as an employee is crucial regardless of where in the world you find yourself. Be sure to research your rights at your new job so that you understand what you’re entitled to, as well as how you are expected to behave for that entitlement. It will also let you know what kind of recourse is available to you if your rights are infringed.

Know the lingo

If you are moving to a non-English speaking country, even if English is widespread, learning the local language will help make the adjustment period much smoother as you’ll be able to join in conversations with locals and navigate your way around much more easily.

Learning the language can also be an important addition to your CV, so have some tutoring or take some lessons before you hop on that plane.

Know where to go

Figuring out routes will not only help you if you get completely lost in your new city and don’t know where to go, but also help you make better decisions in terms of transportation and renting. Also find the routes you’ll be taking into your new office. Be sure to find more than one so that you can avoid traffic if need be.

Go where you have gone before

Before you decide to settle, be sure to travel to your relocation destination as a tourist. This might be expensive, but is a good way to determine if you could be happy in the country. It is particularly important is the culture differs vastly from your own.

Visiting as a tourist also allows you to do a few interviews, making you more likely to secure a job before you move. It will help you determine which areas you want to – and don’t want to! – live in, and perhaps even help you make a few friends before you come for good.

Plan what you can from home

Getting a concierge relocation service like Juniper Shores is one of the best ways to help you ease the stresses of relocation. It is best to get as much as possible done before you move, and a relocation service can help you secure a home, set up amenities like an internet connection, and even help you relocate your pets. Schools can be recommended and applied to on your behalf, and admin details like bank accounts and the like can be lined up for you to do as you arrive.

Lastly, enjoy the process. Relocating, while stressful, can also be incredibly fun and exciting.