On one hand the idea of leaving your country of origin can be a daunting one, although on the other it can be a great challenge and the opportunity to challenge yourself and take your career to a new level. Either way there are always a lot of things to take into account and to factor into your planning. For sure, there have been people who have packed and left in a hurry, but it is doubtful that many have ever made the move lightly or without appropriate consideration. So, if you have been toying with the idea and relocating to another country, here are a few things that you will probably want to consider.
Can you get there
Emigrating is not as easy as choosing a random place from a map and deciding to make it your new home. You will have to make sure that wherever you want to go that you will qualify to be a resident. Most countries will allow you in if you commit to making a big enough investment into their economy, but for most people that is not a reality. Ancestry is an option for others. Probably the easiest way to show that you have skills that are needed in the place to which you want to move. For instance, in many places, teachers, engineers and doctors are in demand. Let’s assume for a moment that you are hoping to go to Australia. A good starting point is usually the internet where you could type a phrase like ‘190 visa migration agent perth’ into a search engine. This would put you in contact with an expert in the local migration laws and you could have all your questions answered.
Make sure first
Unless you are a refugee fleeing from political violence then take your time. The grass is not always greener on the other side and it is well worth spending a bit of time checking the grass out before committing permanently to ta move. Remember that life on holiday is very different to real life. Yes, you may have been on holiday to Mauritius and it was wonderful, but unless your lifestyle in the new country is going to involve snorkelling and lying on the beach then you will have a very false impression of what living and working in that country is like. So, research it properly before going all in.
Career progression is important but so is family. Most people move for work related reasons but think long and hard about the potential repercussions the move might have on your family. If you are young and single, then it is quite easy. Sure, you will miss your parents and siblings at Christmas or on birthdays, but if you have children you are taking them away from everything they know and that can be hard. It means new friends and new schools, a new house and no grandparents or cousins – it can be quite traumatic. That is not to say that you shouldn’t do it, but think about the costs involved in visiting the left behind family regularly and consider if there is benefit. There really is a lot to weigh up.