Working Abroad: 5 Steps To A Stress-Free Relocation
June 08, 2015
So, you’ve finally bagged that dream job overseas. Your contract has been sorted out and the weeks are approaching for you to pack up and ship out. Moving overseas, especially for work, can be a very exciting time in your life. New experiences, people, a possible a new language and discovering a completely new city can be amazing. Related:5 Things To Consider When Working Abroad But what about the stress that comes with it? There is a lot to sort out when you are relocating and it can quickly become a stressful time. That said, being organized and planning ahead can make it one hundred times easier. If you're planning on working abroad, be sure to check out these five steps to manage your relocation stress-free.
1. Make A List & Talk To ExpatsIt sounds boring, but it’s one of the best pieces of advice that you can take. Until you actually start getting ready to go, you probably won’t realize how much there actually is to do. And you will realize that this becomes list-worthy very soon. Talk to friends who have been in the same situation or expats you know. There are also a large number of expat forums online, which can assist with meeting expats. They will be able tell you everything that should be on that list.
2. Get All Of Your Paperwork Sorted Before DepartureEven if your company is looking after your paperwork for you, make sure you know exactly what they are organizing and what you need to organize. Having to organize paperwork in a foreign country can be one of the worst experiences of travelling and you really don’t want to deal with this when you are starting a new job. Some of the most common paperwork you need to be on top of are:
- Up to date passports
- A signed work contract
- Appropriate working visa for yourself
- Visas for your family
- International Drivers license
- Travel insurance
- Lease agreements