Working abroad: four things to consider
Contributed, April 5, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Living and transportation arrangements, customs, laws, vaccinations — if you dream of working in ano
Learning new languages, discovering new cultures, building friendships, being introduced to different methods and processes — working abroad is certainly an enriching experience. However, don’t expect to simply pack your bags and set off on an adventure. Living and transportation arrangements, customs, laws, vaccinations — if you dream of working in another country, you need to take many things into account, including the following:
1. The necessary permits. Do you need a work permit or a visa, for example? If so, how is it obtained, and how long does it take to process? Will you need an international driver’s license?
2. Insurance. What coverage is required or recommended in order to keep you prepared for all possible eventualities?
3. Required skills. Is the profession you’ll be practising regulated in the country you’re interested in? Are your diplomas recognized? Are any other diplomas or certificates required?
4. Financial considerations. What’s the average salary for the type of position you’re looking for, and above all, how does it compare to the cost of living? How and when will you be paid? Should you open an international bank account? What about taxes?
Before you leave, consider reaching out (through social media, for example) to professionals working in your destination country, locals, or people who’ve already experienced working abroad. They’ll be able to offer you good advice on all aspects of your project.