5 Ways To Prepare Yourself For A Job Abroad

Whether it’s at a busy hospital in London or a prestigious marketing firm in New York, working abroad is something that more and more people are keen to experience at some point in their life.

An overseas job opportunity is a chance to start a new life, grow and develop as a person and an incredible opportunity to take your career to the next level. Once you have decided to take the step, there are a few essential aspects you need to consider:


1. Secure your job

First and foremost, the most important aspect is to find a job that suits your needs; a job which allows you to develop your skills, in a city where you can build a new life and where you are able to bring your family once you become settled. At first, this can seem slightly unrealistic to achieve but once you start the process, you'll notice that there's nothing complicated standing in your way.

The safest and easiest way is to find an agency. But before you choose one, get informed! Referrals can be very useful in finding an agency that you know you can trust. One of the safest companies in the UK who offers jobs to EU nurses and healthcare assistants is Bluerock Healthcare. Along with offering permanent and full time employment contracts in care homes, nursing homes and NHS hospitals across the UK, one of the advantages of choosing Bluerock Healthcare is that you are provided with all the support you require such as extensive healthcare training, English language courses, support with securing accommodation and NMC PIN application assistance for nurses.


2. Learn the language

A factor that significantly increases the success rate in landing that dream job, and, at the same time, makes the transition much smoother, is learning the language prior to arriving. Some roles, such as that of a healthcare assistant, require less advanced language skills than nursing roles, for example, which require knowledge of the language at a proficient level. There are companies, and Bluerock Healthcare is one of them, who offer support to candidates with learning the language. However, as you must take into consideration that, even with help, learning the language might take some time (three to six months, or even more depending on your level) we advise candidates to act quickly and not delay this any further. If your knowledge of the language is at a beginner’s level, we suggest registering to classes immediately after you've made your decision to work overseas.


3. Do your research

Once you've secured a job, try to find out as much as possible about the country that you're going to. Learn about the culture, the laws, the rights and obligations of workers in the sector. Take into consideration that you'll have to adapt to a new lifestyle and to follow new rules and regulations which may be different to those that you are used to. But remember that this is part of the adaptation process and that you'll soon adapt and get used to your new life and surroundings. The best way to make the transition much smoother is to explore the area, to travel and to make new friends and colleagues to spend time with outside of work.


4. Prepare your paperwork

Most companies will ask for a set of documents for employment purposes. Chasing down last-minute paperwork can become stressful and time consuming, so you want to make sure that all of your documentation is prepared well in advance. It is essential to have references from your current job in your home country, and from any other past job that is relevant to the position you're applying for. Although all companies have different requirements, you may need an up to date CV, degree certificates, police checks and proof of identity (national ID, passport or driving licence) too. Also, before relocating overseas you should be sure to get in touch with your local government to inform them of your pending move as the last thing you need before starting your new job is a tax official chasing you down for non-payment.


5. Packing checklist

Packing for an international relocation is one of the more monotonous steps. To minimise the chance of forgetting something you’re going to need down the line, get organised by making a checklist. When you do this, take into consideration that some of the items you may need will be available in your new country, whilst others may be difficult to acquire or more expensive to purchase.

Your checklist should include the following:

  • Important documents (originals and copies): This includes passports, birth certificates, marriage license, visa information, tax information, immunization/medical records and travel insurance paperwork.
  • Prescribed medicine - if you're on a specific medication, make sure you take as large of a supply as possible, as finding a doctor who can prescribe your medication could be difficult and take some time.
  • Electronics - remember to pack your phone, laptop, camera, headphones, chargers and travel adapters.
  • Toiletries - many of these items will be available in your new country but some might be harder to find or more expensive. Include in your bag relevant items including deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, contacts, contact lens solution, sunscreen, razors, shaving cream, and a sewing kit.
  • Clothes - when packing your clothes, think about what the seasons will be like and if you need any special clothes or equipment for work. As a general tip, pack the following items for your relocation: thermal shirts, dress clothes, windbreaker, towel, boots, flip-flops and sunglasses.

And, one last (but very important) thing, even if you are lucky enough to secure a job prior to arrival, it is imperative to have enough reserve money saved up - at least for the start. As you never know when circumstances could change, in order for peace of mind, it is fundamental to have (more than) enough reserve money saved up so that you are able to appreciate and enjoy your experience to the fullest.

Good luck with the new chapter in your life!