There are certain steps involved in a successful move abroad. From wanting to work beyond your own country’s borders to integrating into a new home country, here is some advice which could prove useful when making an international move. Being well prepared is key.

In our globalised world, being open to international possibilities is paramount to professional development. Multiculturalism and the ability to adapt to a new environment offer clear career development opportunities.

Today’s businesses don't think twice about seeking motivated new talent from abroad.

Internationally mobile candidates bring to these companies their skills as well as their teamworking ability, creativity, innovation, initiative and desire to develop throughout their professional career. 

A wealth of experiences abroad can be had, including a year studying, an internship or even a permanent contract. But whatever the motive, moving abroad cannot be done on the fly. It’s important to prepare carefully ahead of time.

 

Work out your motives for moving abroad 

An international move can only succeed if the reasons behind it are clear ahead of time. Educational and careers advisers in schools and universities, company in-house mobility services, professionals specialising in international moves, and expat groups and associations are all good sources of advice. They are particularly keen to understand what is motivating those considering a move abroad. They can discuss goals and the ins and outs of a plan. Nothing is left to chance. The reasons behind a potential move should be constructive and consistent and any concerns expressed. This is the first key point.

 

Choose a destination country 

Each country has its own history, demographic, politics, language, culture, customs... It is important to be aware of the characteristics of the proposed country to see how well you might be able to adapt and thereby make the integration process easier. Consulates, tourist guides, tourist offices and expat experiences are all mines of information which can prove helpful.

Find a stable source of income

Moving to a new country always involves major upheaval. Avoid financial difficulties by finding work before arriving in the country. This also reduces worry about material issues. Recruitment and international mobility agencies offer significant support, of which you should take advantage. Avoid problems by having personal savings in the bank for support.

 

Be aware of administrative and logistical issues 

Any move to a new country involves navigating a series of administrative and logistical issues. There are always plenty of steps to take. For example, these may involve local regulations (permits, insurance, visas, residence permits, etc.) or daily life (bank accounts, phones and internet, local health systems, etc.).

It’s well worth finding out about administrative requirements before departure so that you are well prepared. Do also benefit from the experiences of others who have already been through the process. Most of them will have had the same experiences and so can steer future arrivals in the right direction.

 

Organise your departure 

A stress-free departure requires perfect organisation. There are lots of things not to forget. Take the time to write a list of all the things you need to do before you leave as this will stop you forgetting anything which could jeopardise your plans, as this would be a shame!

 

Further reading:

Expats: how to make the dream come true

Returning from abroad: readapting to your home country

Stéphanie DUCLOS by Stéphanie DUCLOS

Human Resources Manager