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Starting Afresh: Should You Consider Working Overseas?

It’s a tough call – should you stay or should you go? Sometimes if the work won’t come to you, you have to go to the work. That could mean relocating from one city within the province to another, heading to a different part of the country altogether, or even relocating overseas.

People choose to move or to stay put for all sorts of reasons, depending on their personal situation. How do you decide whether or not moving abroad is a wise career move, and what are the key questions you need to consider?

Do you want to relocate your family?

You might be thinking about moving overseas to follow a partner and will need to find a new job out there, or you might be the one instigating the move. Either way, you need to take a long, hard look at whether you want to move your kids to a new country and new school system and whether you want to be a long way from friends, parents and wider family.

Are the jobs available in another country more attractive?

The main motivator for people moving abroad is that the job prospects are more attractive than at home. It could be that the industry or sector you work in is going through a rough patch here but is thriving in another part of the world, meaning there are more jobs available. Perhaps the salaries and bonuses are better or the work more respected – either way, if the jobs look more appealing in another country then you might be packing your bags already!

Is there a better chance of career progression?

Stuck in a bit of a rut here? If you can’t see your career progressing within the company you work for or even the industry as a whole, there may be a better chance of career progression overseas. Start looking around for roles which require the skillset and experience you have – browse through Adzuna’s US site or even look further afield for jobs in the UK, France, Germany or Italy, perhaps even India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

What are the cultural and language barriers you might face?

Have a good, long think about this one. People do business differently the world over, so do you think you’ll be able to adapt quickly enough to fit in? Will you need to learn a new language? There could be more than just language barriers to overcome, as you and your family will quickly need to develop an appreciation for various cultural differences if you want to fit in and not cause anyone offence. If you think the level of change might be a struggle, it may be best to stay put.

Can you consider more than one destination?

Some people have a very fixed idea about where they want to end up. Sometimes it’s as simple as the fact that they’ve fallen in love with a particular country or city and the way of life there, other times it’s a cold, hard decision that the money would be better. Whatever your reasons, you should try to be flexible and open to new possibilities. Consider more than one overseas destination and really take the time to look around for work – you might find something even better, somewhere you’ve never even heard of!

Weighing up the pros and cons of moving abroad is a daunting task. If you’re in any doubt over whether you and your family would be 100% happy with starting afresh overseas, then it might be time to look at new prospects closer to home with

If you do decide to get out your passport and take that brave step to apply for work overseas, Adzuna can still help. With offices around the world, we can help you find the best jobs out there, wherever they may be. Check out Adzuna’s international job pages today to start your search – happy hunting!