Moving and working overseas can be equally exciting and challenging at the same time. It gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore a foreign land independently while providing for your family. However, working abroad also takes a lot from you, particularly the chance to spend time with your loved ones in the Philippines.
Working overseas has its own pros and cons but once you’ve finally decided to seek greener pastures in a foreign country, you need to physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually prepare yourself for this life-turning event.
Here are some things you need to do in order to get yourself ready before working out of the country.
1. Secure your documents.
As soon as you accept the job offer, move fast in securing all the necessary documents you need for your work overseas. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least one year. Ask assistance from your employer in secure your work visa from concerned Embassy.
2. Be financially ready.
It’s extremely essential that you prepare emergency money, preferably one to two-months emergency fund, when you’re going to live abroad. Also, know about the monthly cost of living in the country you will be moving to so you’ll have an idea on how much money you should bring for emergency purposes. Moreover, you should try opening a bank account in the country you will be moving to while you’re still in the Philippines.
3. Get to know about their culture.
To avoid culture shock, research about the country’s food, language and culture. By doing this, it will be easier for you to talk and deal with locals and adjust in an entirely different environment. Download language apps to facilitate communication with them.
4. Find a new home.
If your employer does not provide accommodation, ask them for recommendations and do your own online research. Finding a place to live in a foreign land can be quite difficult so make sure to at least contact potential landlords while you’re still in the Philippines.
5. Prepare your medicines and health insurance.
If you already have an existing condition, make sure to bring all the necessary medicines you need with you and determine if these medicines are available in the country you will be moving to. If your employer does not provide a medical insurance, get one that covers the medical expenses of the country you will be moving to.
6. Research about work schedules and ethics
Work ethics and working hours differ from one country to another. In many Asian countries, Saturday is considered a working day. Working days in Dubai and other countries in the Middle East are usually from Sundat to Thursday. In countries like Japan, workers are expected to do overtime work. Get all the information about your working hours, days and culture from your recruitment manager.
7. Pack efficiently.
Packing your stuff can be a very tedious task. You can pack efficiently and resourcefully by identifying all the essentials you need first before putting them into your luggage. Determine which clothes or things will be more practical to buy in the new city. Make sure to bring all the things you need on a daily basis and pack some smart formals.