Things To Consider Before Taking a Job Abroad

A job abroad can be an exciting opportunity. Not only could it be a chance to further your career but also a chance to travel and experience life in a new country. However, this new life could require you to make certain sacrifices - for this reason it’s important to always do your research first. Below are some of the important things to consider. 

Your goals

Is this a long-term or temporary job - and how will it affect your life goals? This is the most important thing to consider before taking up a job abroad. Moving abroad and getting work there permanently may be something you’ve always wanted to do - in which case you’ll want to look for a permanent position. If you’re simply looking for an income to support your travel, you probably want to stick to temporary work.

New language

A new country could mean having to deal with a new language. While English is widely spoken around the world and may well be the language spoken in your workplace, it could still benefit you to learn the local language as you may still have to interact with locals that don’t know any English. 

New customs

Every country has its own customs and traditions, which you may also want to familiarise yourself with first. What national holidays are celebrated? How ingrained is religion into the culture? There could also be different road laws and even a different style of eating (cutlery, for instance, isn’t used in many countries). Educating yourself on all of this could be essential so that it’s not a culture shock.

Work culture

The work culture could also be very different in another country. You may be expected to work longer hours or the workplace setting may be more formal. Alternatively, things could be a lot more laid back than you’re used to - and you have to get used to a more flexible approach to timekeeping. 


Where will you stay? While some companies offering temporary jobs may be able to provide accomodation for you, in most cases you’ll have to find your own accommodation. This is something you should arrange long before you move out. Virtual viewing could be an option if you don’t want to travel out there and look at properties. 

Cost of living

While you may earn more in another country, you could find that the cost of living is also higher. This could be particularly the case when moving to a city. Make sure that you’ve factored in these living costs so that the salary is worth it. The cost of moving there could also be worth considering. 

Currency conversion

If you need to make a money transfer to the UK, the currency conversion could be important to consider, along with any exchange fees. Currency rates can fluctuate, which is something you need to be wary of. By finding the right exchange, you can reduce currency exchange rates.


Taking up work abroad could mean leaving family and friends behind. You’ll likely make new friends abroad, but having to leave these people behind could be emotionally difficult. If you have a partner or kids, it could require a lot more careful consideration - while they may be able to come with you, you need to be sure that this is what they want. If it’s a temporary job abroad, you may have to consider whether it’s worth still renting or owning property back home or whether it’s more sensible to move out and put items in storage until you return.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo source Pexels 

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