Taking a job abroad is equal parts exciting and overwhelming, as it can be a real test of your ability to adapt to a new challenge
Besides the job itself, you also have to consider your family and friends, as they are all affected by your decision to head overseas for your career. Juggling all of this can be extremely difficult, which is why there are a few tips you should follow to help make the transition as smooth as possible:
1. Play to your strengths
Take time to assess which of your strengths will help you adapt to your new work environment. If you are not sure of your strengths, we suggest you take a test at Strenghtscope to find them, and that you consider working with a career coach to discover tips that will help you adapt to your new life overseas.
Taking a job abroad is equal parts exciting and overwhelming, as it can be a real test of your ability to adapt to a new challenge.
2. Pay attention to your loved ones
One of the most important things to consider when making a move of this magnitude is how your family feels about it all. You need to listen to your spouse and your children to see how they feel about leaving home. Once you arrive at your new destination, try to develop family rituals that will help everyone settle. That could be something as simple as taking one day a week for you to all go out and explore your new city.
3. Understand your new working environment
Once you arrive in your new location, take time to learn about your new company, and the culture that they have adopted. Most companies have a major internet presence nowadays. So it shouldn’t take much effort to get online and find out a little more about your new employers. This task is not one that will be completed quickly, and that is find, just as long as you make a continued effort to fit in.
4. Learn the culture
The easiest way to learn about the culture of a new environment is to spend some time with the locals. When you are out and about exploring your new home, strike up conversations with the locals to get an idea of the do’s and don’ts that make up their culture. This will help you fit in sooner, and will help you avoid making social mistakes.
If all of this seems like a lot of work on top of what you have to do ahead of the move, you might consider taking time to talk to a
cross-cultural coach, as they will be able to help make your transition that much smoother.
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About U Diverse’s founder:
Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...