Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The definitive guide to moving abroad and whether it's right for you

Work

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“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Plato, Greek philosopher (c. 428-347 BC)

Perhaps you have some Peter Mayle vision of a rustic French farmhouse perched on the brow of a hill overlooking terraces of olive trees. Or maybe a condo on Miami Beach. Whatever your dream, it’s going to need financing.

If you’re not already a multi-millionaire, or one of the thousands of retirees fleeing the country in search of a better climate and a way to make your pension stretch further, then you’re going to need a way to make a living when you move abroad.

So what’s your plan? Are you essentially intending to keep your job when you move abroad, and just shift location? Will you be transferring from one company to another, but staying within the same occupational field? Or is this going to be a complete break with the past: new country, new job, new life?

Are you going abroad keen for new work challenges, a chance to prove your mettle and make that quantum leap in your career?

Are you heading to Hollywood in search of your name in lights?

Is it the attractive tax regimes in the Middle East, or because you’re in the oil or financial services industries?

Are you a scuba diving instructor heading for year-round opportunities in the Caribbean, or on the Great Barrier Reef?

Or are you winding down career-wise, looking for something less demanding that you can leave behind at the end of the working day?

Whatever your goals, or the circumstances in which you find yourself, it will have a huge impact on your expat life experience.

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1) Inter-Company Transfer


If you happen to work for a multinational organisation then transferring roles within the firm is an obvious, and attractive, option. ...

2) Job Hunting Before You Go

With the resources available on the internet it’s now easier than ever to line up a new job in your target destination before you leave your home country. ...

3) Getting Work on the Ground

Visa-restrictions depending, you could always just move abroad and hunt for a job when there. ...

4) New Home, New Career

For many people moving abroad isn’t just about a change of location – it’s about transforming their lives. And a new career is often an integral part of that vision, ...

5) The International Commuter

In this age of cheap and frequent travel, short-haul commuting from your foreign idyll is becoming an increasingly viable option. ...

6) The Remote Worker


The nature of certain jobs means you simply have to be in the company office or on site to do it. However, in this age of mobile communications distance is ...

7) Internet Businesses

The internet has opened up unparalleled opportunities for remote working. For the first time ever it has created a truly global marketplace that you can access at minimal cost from ...

Visa/Residency Permit

As noted earlier, the European Union’s freedom of movement stipulations mean that member state citizens are entitled to work anywhere else in the EU (although you may still need to ...

Australia

Australia has a point-style immigration system, graded according to types of occupation, age, English proficiency and relevant work experience. Family ties can also be taken into consideration10. ...

Canada

There are a number of ways to immigrate to Canada. Essentially though it comes down to job skills and/or family connections12. ...

New Zealand

As in Australia, New Zealand has a points-based visa system that emphasises family connections in the country and certain job skills14. ...

United Kingdom

Through 2008 and 2009 the UK phased in a new points-based immigration system to replace the 80 or so work and study categories that hitherto existed. Points are awarded according ...

United States

The States is considered to have the most complex work visa system in the world. Getting the requisite official documentation allowing you to pursue the American Dream can therefore be ...

Questions:

1) How vibrant is your target country’s economy? What are its economic growth prospects? 2) Will you need a visa for your target destination? Are you eligible for one given ...

Q&A: Megan Fitzgerald, Expat Career Coach

Megan Fitzgerald is an expat career and personal branding coach, and founder of Career By Choice (www.careerbychoice.com). She helps expats worldwide use their personal brand to build a career or ...

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Having built a career and business that supports my choice of living and working abroad, I’m passionate about using my extensive global experience and training, and a creative 2.0 approach ...

2) Why did you move abroad? What do you like most about your expat existence?

I’ve had a passion for other cultures ever since I was young. I love exploring new countries and experiencing different ways of living and seeing the world. After my first ...

3)  You’ve indicated you are a personal branding strategist. What is personal branding? And why is it so important to the expat looking to work abroad?

Personal branding is about clarifying and communicating your unique value in a compelling way to those who need what you offer most in order to reach your professional or business ...

4) You noted you have a certification in online identity management. What is online identity and why should an expat be worried about their online identity when they are looking to build a career overseas?

Essentially our online identity or reputation is what the information found online says about you when you do a Google search on your name. ...

5) What are your recommendations for people interesting in building a career abroad?

Building a career abroad starts with a clear vision. ...

6) You mentioned starting a portable business as an option for those who are struggling with securing a work permit in their country of choice. What are some of the most attractive portable career or business options available to prospective expats?

Advances in technology are making it possible for more and more jobs to be portable. Here is a list of just some of the portable careers or businesses available for ...

7) Do you have any last recommendations for those who want to live abroad?

Here are my top tips for people who are considering moving abroad: ...

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