Taking your career abroad can offer plenty of opportunities to boost your career prospects. Having international mobility really provides a level of enrichment to your skill-set that you may have missed out on by staying in one place. Foreign work-experience looks fantastic on your CV as it showcases your self-reliance and adaptability. And lots of people are doing it! As many as 10,000 Brits are currently emigrating to New Zealand alone every year!
Here are five tips to help you take your dream career overseas.
1. Get qualified!
Stop! Before you make any plans or even think about going abroad for work you’ll need to get qualified! Qualified candidates always stand out in a sea of applications as you can showcase a higher level of dedication, professionalism and expertise. This also comes in handy when you’re applying for your visa as in many countries, being qualified in areas specific to your career is vital for points based entry schemes.
Top tip: Don't forget to make sure your qualifications are valid internationally beforehand!
2. Research the location
Doing your research is super important. It goes without saying that different countries offer varied life experiences and opportunities, so it’s best to try and find as much information as possible about what your career looks like in the countries that interest you.
Consider the quality of life you want and what kind of work culture fits you best. Everywhere is different, so the goal of your research is to find out what those countries can offer you in your career just as much as it can enhance your personal life too.
Don’t forget about potential language barriers either. Some countries expect you to have a basic understanding of their native spoken and written language, while others are fine with you speaking English alone. Depending on your country of choice, you might need to brush up on your language skills!
Not sure where to start? Talk to people who have done it before! You can often find forums where people discuss the ups and downs of working internationally and if you’ve got a burning question, don’t be afraid to get involved and ask. More often than not, people are really happy to talk about their experiences! They may put you off, or might inspire you to take the leap!
YouTube is another great resource to find videos of people's personal accounts. But don't just take one person's word for it! Watch, read and ask questions to a variety of people in the same industry. The diversity of opinions and insight is vital for you to build a non-biased idea of what you can expect in your new career abroad.
3. Organise your documentation
So, you’ve decided where you want to go, spoken to lots of people and have even take a few holidays to scout out your new home and job. Great! That’s by far the biggest challenges over and done with!
Next up, the more tedious task of paperwork! Make sure all your documents are in date and valid. This includes checking your passport and translating (if necessary) any other documents like certificates. Feeling a bit lost? If you’ve secured a job with companies like Steiner, they’ll even support you with all the information you need to get going.
It's important to also keep in mind the legal requirements of the UK. This means contacting HMRC and making sure all your taxes are paid for. If you own property, take some time to consider if you're going to sell or rent out as well as how you can manage any assets from abroad. Leaving things behind neatly and tying up any loose ends will help you start fresh in your new adventure! Put your best foot forward by leaving nothing incomplete behind you!
4. Visas and Company Sponsorships
Every country has varying types of work visas, so it is imperative that you understand the rules, regulations and requirements for you to work in the country of your choice. You can do this by checking the foreign embassy websites for the countries you're interested in relocating to. This includes and is not limited to – laws of the country, skill shortages, qualification requirements and visa information. There are plenty of mobility incentives as well as specialised visas for skilled workers. These exist to encourage foreign candidates to help fulfil any local skills shortages.
There are also cases where employers take responsibility for obtaining work visas on your behalf. Another great option is to ask your current employer if they have offices or opportunities in different international locations; this is the easiest and most simple way of making this transition to move your career abroad. The company will do the heavy lifting for you, however there will still be a lot of paper-work, so be ready!
5. Get Experience!
Thinking of a taking your personal training or beauty therapy career abroad? The Training Room are partnered with Steiner the Onboard Spa
to turn that dream into a reality! Speak to your career support officer today!
Get qualified with internationally recognised qualifications, get the experience you need and start your adventure today!
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