Working abroad is not an easy decision to make. From family issues, work issues, and adjustment issues to legal and financial issues, there are many considerations you need to look into before deciding to work abroad. Here are 10 things you need to consider to help you decide whether you should go ahead and work abroad or not:
Probably the biggest dilemma you will undergo when thinking about working abroad is the welfare of your family. If you are yet single, there wouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you are married, especially with kids, the dilemma begins with whether to take your family with you or not. If you think of saying yes, can your family handle this big change? You would need to find a good school that you can afford to send your kids to. You need to think about doing things on your own without a helper to help you with your chores. Can your family handle all these changes? On the other hand, if you decide to work abroad leaving your family behind, you would need to ask yourself if you are really ready to be away from them? Can your spouse handle things at home without you? How about your kids? These are just some of the family concerns you need to look into before your decide to work abroad.
Before applying for a work abroad, think about your work skills. Look at the work requirements and make sure you qualify. Sometimes, it’s not even enough that you pass all the qualifications. You have to make certain that once you are already working abroad, you must be able to deliver all that your superior expects from you and even beyond. You may even need to prove that you are better than the other employees who are citizens in the country you wish to work at.
Adopting the language of a foreign country can be quite challenging and it can be a barrier towards your success. Both you and your employer may find it hard to communicate each others’ needs. Some employers may prefer others who speak their language. Even if you are willing to learn, it will take time to fully adopt their language. Make sure you are willing to go through the pressures of learning the language of the country you are planning to work at if you decide to work abroad.
Every country has its own way of doing things. Whether it’s work-related or social, you need to adjust and cope with the culture of the country where you will work. The best way to easily adopt to cultural differences is to learn as much as you can about the country where you are planning to work and be open-minded. Ask a friend who is working or has worked in that country about the way of living and working, so will know what to expect from working there.
A very important issue that you need to consider is your safety when working in another country. There have been certain instances when Filipino overseas foreign workers (OFWs) are forced to leave a certain country and go back home when it’s not anymore safe for them to work in that certain country. Even if the country where you are planning to work is generally peaceful, you also need to learn more about the safety of the neighborhood where you will be working and living.
Before deciding to work abroad, look at your health. Can you handle the changes in temperature, considering the climate and seasons of other countries are different? Do you think you can physically handle your new job and adjust to the new time zone without getting sick? Are you healthy enough to handle loneliness or you easily get depressed? If you think working abroad will compromise your health, then you are gambling all that you have.
Legal Requirements and Waiting Time
Working abroad is not as easy and fast as you think it is. There are legal requirements you need to comply, such as a work visa, and obtaining these papers take months or even a year or so to be completed. Make sure you also know all about your work visa, including conditions, restrictions, and your rights in order to help you know what to expect with your work permit.
Salary and cost of living
Decide if it’s worth working abroad for the amount of money you are making. Think about how much you will be earning abroad and how much that would be if you convert it to local currency. Take into consideration your cost of living in another country if you can afford it and estimate how much money will be left to send home. The compensation abroad may sometimes sound big, but the cost of living in that country or city is considerably expensive.
It is also good to think of career advancement if you wish to work abroad. See if your job abroad will provide you with better career opportunities in the future, whether abroad or in your home country. Will it give you enough experience to land in a better job or company in the future?
By partners, I mean organizations that will help you find a legal and well-paid job abroad, as well as companies who will help process your legal requirements, such as work visa and passport. It is very important to find credible and decent partners in order to minimize your risks in working abroad.
Make sure you deliberate on these things carefully, so that you can best decide whether it’s worth it working abroad or not.