A lot of people are tempted by the idea of working in a foreign country – and it’s easy to see why. The opportunity for travel, learning new languages and finding out about new cultures is really appealing. Working and living in other countries broadens your mind and helps you see how other people live their lives.
If you have a burning urge to work in another country then there are some things you’ll need to consider, and here are some of them:
Working Visa and Documents
You will find it very hard to find work in a country if you have not already applied for and been granted a working visa. Some countries won’t even let you in at all until you have one. When you have identified the country that you would like to visit, do some research online and see what the country’s requirements are. It varies wildly from country to country so make sure you look up what is specifically required in the country of your choice. You’ll need a valid passport so make sure that yours is up to date (it can take a while to renew a passport so check this well before you plan to leave).
Learn the Language
You will find it nearly impossible to find any sort of work if you don’t already having a good knowledge of the language. If it is English that you’d like to learn, then many people go along to evening courses at a local college to learn some basic conversational skills. If you are thinking of teaching English, then a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course is a very good idea, as you will have to have very strong skills in order to find work. It’s also important that you learn the local language as you will find it far easier to get by. You can make conversation with locals, find out about what is going on and generally find it a lot easier to submerse yourself in the culture.
Make a Plan
A lot of countries will only let you stay for so long, so find out what the deal is before you leave. Try and find work before you arrive if you can – it’s a lot easier now that the internet is so widely accessible. Get a CV together and make sure you are able to sell yourself in the best possible light, capitalizing on your existing skills and experience. Having a plan will make you feel much more organized (although a lot of people prefer to go with the flow a little too, so leave your plans open to change).
Working and living in a foreign country is an exciting, mind-expanding thing to do, and you will get so much out of it. You will meet lots of new friends, have many wonderful experiences and you’ll learn something new every day. If you have all the paperwork and visas that you need then the only thing left is to book that plane ticket and start looking forward to the rich experiences that lie in front of you!
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