Working abroad is both a great opportunity and a major challenge – on a professional as well as on a personal level. When the dream of working abroad suddenly comes true, many a freshly-made expat is taken by surprise. We have compiled a guide to help you deal with the challenges of working abroad.
Often the amount of time between appointment and the actual start of working abroad is far from adequate, given the amount of preparation required for a successful stay abroad. If you want to make sure that your experience of working abroad is a sustainable one, don’t follow a head-over-heels approach to working abroad. Try to embark on this adventure well-prepared, and you will find it easier to make the most of your time spent working abroad.
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Working Abroad: Preparations
When preparing for your expat assignment, you should pay attention to the following areas: administrative issues (contract, visa, work permit), practical issues (housing, health-care) and cultural issues. The latter includes international etiquette for business, which is an important aspect of working abroad. Without an awareness of social and cultural differences, you might fail to achieve the results you were hoping for during your time working abroad.
Working abroad as a self-employed person or “self-made expat” is an endeavor requiring some special attention. With traditional expat assignments, a lot of the legwork that goes into preparing for your time abroad is done by the HR department of your company. Without such assistance, however, it’s entirely up to you to make working abroad work for you. Read our articles on how to find a job abroad and self-employment overseas to learn more about working abroad as a self-made expat.
Working Abroad: Benefits
Working abroad can come with immense benefits for you and your career. The experience you gain from working abroad can be of great value not only for you but also for your company. Thus, a successful overseas posting may significantly increase your chances of promotion upon your return. You should always try to get as much out of your time spent working abroad as you can, e.g. by learning the local language, gaining extra qualifications, etc.
Working abroad often entails certain financial benefits as well. Expats tend to be on a higher salary than their colleagues back home to allow for the higher costs associated with living and working abroad. Try to get a good deal when negotiating your contract and budget your expat allowance carefully, and working abroad may enable you to afford certain luxuries which you are not used to at home.
You can find more advice on working abroad in “Your Expat Assignment Abroad”, “The Benefits of Being an Expatriate”, or any other article in our Working Abroad section.
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