Moving to another country is often seen as a permanent move. However, it doesn’t always have to mean going to your new forever home. Many people make short-term moves for their career or business. You can spend a while in another country before going home, or perhaps moving on to somewhere else. It can be an excellent way to enhance your life, advance your career and experience something different. You could even save money by moving to a cheaper country for a while. If you want to take your career on a trip to show it the sights, here are some things you’ll need to do.


Work Out How You’ll Make a Living

You have a few options if you want to try working on your career in another country. One of them is to consider your current job. Does your employer have offices overseas where you might be able to secure a temporary contract? Or do they have connections they might be able to use to help you? Another option is simply to look at jobs on your own. It can be hard to find jobs overseas, but it’s much easier with a specialist background. Of course, if you have your own business, moving could be easier. If you can run your business from anywhere, it’s a great way to spend some time in another country.

Decide Where to Go

Next, you’ll need to work out where to go. Settling into another country for a few months or even a couple of years will always take some effort on your part. It can be easier depending on which location you choose, though. For example, EU citizens will have a much easier time moving to another EU country. You might want to pick your destination depending on how easy it is to find work and a working visa. Of course, if you ask for a transfer from your current employer, you might not have much choice.


Deciding how long you’re going to go for is important too. You might not have a particularly clear idea of the length of your stay. Sometimes it will be dictated by the length of a contract or your visa. However, in some cases, you might be allowed to stay as long as you have a job. While your plans might change in the future, it’s a good idea to think about when you’re going to return home or move on to somewhere else.

What Happens When Your Time Is Up?

When it’s time to leave your temporary home, what will your plans be? One essential thing to consider is how easy it will be to find work. Is having been away going to make it difficult to get back into the job market at home? Perhaps you will decide that you’re not ready to go home, and you want to try living somewhere else. Having a long-term plan will help you work out what your goals are and how living and working abroad fits in.

Living and working abroad temporarily is a fantastic experience for many. If you feel like a change, it could be the right one for you.


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12 replies on “Temporarily Taking Your Career Abroad: Things to Consider

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Ok, my hubby does the working abroad part, but I moved with him to another country and I like to explore the cultural difference 🙂 Funny to discover how things are similar and others are so different.

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  2. Make sure you get a lot of information on the political situation before making your choice. Many countries are in flow, and some might not be a good idea, like the UK now that Brexit’s going to happen!


    1. Oh yes, that is very important. Political situation will effect economy and jobs that ensued. Imagine relocating to a country for 3 months, only to lose your job after you secure a house rental lease just because of certain regulations are enforced in that country.

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