Besides the job itself, you also have to consider your family and friends, as they are all affected by your decision to head overseas for your career. Juggling all of this can be extremely difficult, which is why there are a few tips you should follow to help make the transition as smooth as possible:
Take time to assess which of your strengths will help you adapt to your new work environment. If you are not sure of your strengths, we suggest you take a test at Strenghtscope to find them, and that you consider working with a career coach to discover tips that will help you adapt to your new life overseas.
Taking a job abroad is equal parts exciting and overwhelming, as it can be a real test of your ability to adapt to a new challenge.
One of the most important things to consider when making a move of this magnitude is how your family feels about it all. You need to listen to your spouse and your children to see how they feel about leaving home. Once you arrive at your new destination, try to develop family rituals that will help everyone settle. That could be something as simple as taking one day a week for you to all go out and explore your new city.
Once you arrive in your new location, take time to learn about your new company, and the culture that they have adopted. Most companies have a major internet presence nowadays. So it shouldn’t take much effort to get online and find out a little more about your new employers. This task is not one that will be completed quickly, and that is find, just as long as you make a continued effort to fit in.
The easiest way to learn about the culture of a new environment is to spend some time with the locals. When you are out and about exploring your new home, strike up conversations with the locals to get an idea of the do’s and don’ts that make up their culture. This will help you fit in sooner, and will help you avoid making social mistakes.
If all of this seems like a lot of work on top of what you have to do ahead of the move, you might consider taking time to talk to a cross-cultural coach, as they will be able to help make your transition that much smoother.
U Diverse can help you make the change. We provide in-depth coaching from ICF-certified coaches and trainers who speak French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German. Take action and get matched with our coaches today with us today. Call us on +31 6 55 83 24 42 and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and check our website: www.udiversecoaching.com
About U Diverse’s founder: Magali Toussaint is the founder of U Diverse. She is an ICF-certified leadership and career coach, cross-cultural trainer and job search strategist with an extensive career in recruitment, HR, diversity, and education. She has also helped international organizations on their talent acquisition strategies and diversity plans. She has lived and worked in over four countries. To learn more, visit her Linkedin profile at linkedin.com/in/magalitoussaint
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