Moving abroad? How To Choose Your Expatriate Location

More are moving overseas
Take a look around your own workplace – is everyone from the same country? In many cases, the answer will be no. If you’re working in the UK, for instance, you may well find that you have colleagues from the United States, Australia, France, Italy and other places. And while it has always been the case that people move around for work, these days there are more and more people going on overseas assignments to gain new professional skills and experience while also progressing in their career.

Recent studies into the subject indicate that the numbers of expatriate workers is increasing. It’s predicted to continue getting bigger, too – even despite the fact that boom times still haven’t followed the downturn of 2008.

Moving abroad? How To Choose Your Expatriate Location
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Choosing your location
If you’re looking to work abroad, then while the world may not quite be your oyster, there are still plenty of places to choose from. So much so, in fact, that it can be quite difficult to decide on where to go. So we’ve put together this short guide to help you with some information and tips on finding the ideal expatriate location.

Research versus experience
There are cases when people take up an overseas assignment in a place they’ve not previously visited. If the assignment is only for a few months then this is a good way of getting to know a country – and if it’s somewhere you find agreeable, then it may be possible to look at the option of a longer term posting in times to come.

But even if you’ve had some experience of your destination country – for instance as a tourist, then there will still be a lot of research required before the employment is secured and the air travel tickets are purchased. Visa requirements, education for school age children, accommodation, health care, tax compliance, exchange rates – there’s a whole world of things to think about. Also, if you’re heading off somewhere they don’t speak English then it’s important to gain the appropriate level of language skills required for work and socializing in your country of destination.

Luckily there are some very good resources available online for prospective expatriates. The various expat forums are great places to read about the first-hand experiences of expatriates living in various places across the world. The broadsheet newspapers often have an expatriate section within their online offering too – a good place to catch up on the latest news for those living overseas.

Jen Jones
About the Author:

writing for various health and wellbeing websites on the subject of international health cover and expatriate topics, Jen Jones is a keen traveler and world cuisine enthusiast.

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