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Want to relocate overseas? These are the 5 questions you need to ask

24/04/2019
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A new job with the opportunity to explore a new country, meet new people, try new foods and immerse yourself in a new culture. It sounds very glamorous doesn’t it? It’s a choice that more and more workers are making- but is relocating overseas right for you? Here are 5 questions you should ask your employer before you pack your suitcase…
Relocating overseas offers many benefits but it's vital you get the basic details of your move sorted first.

1. How do you expect me to make an impact in the new country?


First of all, you need to establish that a move overseas is fully supported by your employer and that there are plans in place to fully make use of your skills and experience once you’ve arrived. You’re making a huge commitment and uprooting your life, so its vital that you establish short, medium and long term goals for your career in your new country.

At this stage you’ll always want to check your contract / terms of employment to see what happens should the relocation not work out (i.e. do you have to pay back any relocation payments if you return to your home country within a certain period?).
Before you decide to relocate overseas make sure you have a relocation and accommodation package sorted first

2. Will you provide relocation and accommodation payments?


You need to make sure that you have 100% agreement on what kind of relocation and accommodation payments you are entitled to before you agree to relocate. There can be an enormous difference between companies as to what you will receive payment for. Some companies will pay for you to get your furniture, clothing, and much more. Other companies even go so far as to provide paid temporary housing and will pay for someone to unpack for you!

So, whilst the relocation packages on offer, vary from employer to employer, the most important thing is to make sure you have a relocation package full stop!

The most important thing is that your relocation goes as smoothly as possible so that you can quickly and easily settle into your new job, and become orientated with your new location.
Some employers will pay for an orientation visit before you make the final decision to relocate

3. Will you pay for an orientation visit to my new location?


Whilst this isn’t as essential as the other factors on this list, it’s still important to ask if your employer will cover the cost of an orientation visit to your new location. You may be up for the adventure of moving abroad, but you’ll still be uprooting your entire life, so some employers will be willing to fund a short trip so that you can see if the location is right for you.

If your employer does agree to a trip, then make sure you make a checklist before you travel. List the things that you want to see / or find out about your new location. What’s the community like? If you have kids, what are the local schools and amenities like? You may even want to look at seemingly mundane details like where you will buy groceries, or park your car on a daily basis.
When considering relocation overseas make sure that your salary meets the adjusted cost of living.

4. Will my salary / pay be aligned to the local cost of living?


Depending on where in the world you move, the cost of living may be higher or lower than you’re used to. It’s important to check what your rate of pay will be before you agree any terms. A good way of checking that you’ll be getting paid an appropriate rate for your new location is to ask a colleague within your company who has already relocated. If that’s not possible, ask your internal recruiter or reach out to an ex-pat in similar job.
It’s not just rent, groceries and other everyday expenses that you need to factor in. Remember to look at taxes, local rates and exchanges rates to make sure that you’ve got as clear a picture as possible of what your new financial obligations will be.
It's important that you scope out the culture of your new office before your relocate overseas as your colleagues will likely be the people you know in town at first.

5. What’s the company culture in your new location?


You could secure an awesome relocation package, in a wonderful location and with great pay, but it could all be for nothing if you find that you don’t enjoy the culture of your new company office. It can be difficult to discern what the culture of an office is like when your only interaction is over the phone or Skype. So, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as possible- both to the internal recruiter, and to colleagues who currently work in your prospective new office. 

Here are a few questions that you might consider asking; What’s the work environment like? What’s the work-life balance like? Do colleagues socialise outside of work? How much does the team collaborate? Your work colleagues are likely to be the only people you know (at least initially) when you first arrive in your new location, so it’s important to suss out the culture and make sure you’ll be happy.

Are you ready for a career overseas?


Then choose Fircroft to help you find your dream job in another country. With over 60 offices across 45 countries and contacts at the world’s leading energy, natural resources and engineering companies, Fircroft can help your career take off in a new location.
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