It is said that the world of today is essentially a global village, making it easier than ever before for people to head overseas to work. However moving and changing jobs can always present difficulties and those difficulties can be both enhanced and made rather more unusual when the move is an international one. There are a number of tips that you can follow that will help make the transition to living and working overseas much easier, but which you may unaware of as they are rarely discussed.
Get your employer to help you
When negotiating with your new overseas employer, it is important to make sure that you get a healthy relocation package which will include the cost of living in your new country. However a good employer will also be able to help with your move in a variety of ways, such as assisting you with getting the correct visa for your move, and offering support such as temporary housing stipends, help with selling your current home, paying for your belongings to be packed and shipped overseas, and in some cases even job search assistance for your partner. This help can be of particular importance in instances where you may be moving to a country which speaks a different language.
Get a social network
While a strong business network is crucial to your career development, having a strong social network when you arrive in a new country is equally important. A healthy social network will not only cut down on the feeling of isolation that can strike when moving to foreign climes, but you will also be able to gain an advantage from learning of the experiences of other travellers. It is therefore a good idea to begin building a social network within your new country before you get there and there are many websites such as Expat Network that can assist with this and with guidance on issues such as cultural differences, finance and insurance. However, when you have moved you should take the time to try to make friends with the locals, which can also help when it comes to getting to know your new home.
Transferring money overseas
If you are planning to move from Australia to the United Kingdom or from the UK to Australia, there are a number of different ways in which you can transfer your money from dollars to pounds. The use of a specialist online service to perform the transfer can save money in comparison to using your bank to send the funds. When you have found a trustworthy specialist online service to transfer your money between countries, you need to specify how much money you want to transfer, the details of the overseas account you intend to transfer the money into, and choose a method of payment. It is important at this stage to check the exchange rate between the UK pound to AUD and vice versa currencies and the fee involved in the exchange in order to work out the full cost of the transfer. You can then simply perform the transfer and send the money. The good news is that there are many online services that allow you to compare the options for the transfer of money between GPD to AUD, or the reverse.
Understand the conditions of your working visa
Keep in mind that you if you lose your job for any reason, you may be forced to go back to your home country depending on the conditions of your working visa. It is often the case that you will not be permitted to look for work with another company after arriving in your new country, so it is important to be thoroughly acquainted with the regulations surrounding your visa. Different banking practices and tax laws will also apply overseas.