If you have recently accepted a job overseas, or if you are considering accepting a job overseas, you may be wondering how well you would adjust to your new job in another country.
As Social-Hire points out, there can be many challenges when working in a new job overseas. However, the rewarding experiences that you will receive can strongly outweigh those challenges as long as you know how to best deal with and prepare for the challenges.
There are four important things you can do that will help you adjust in your new job abroad.
1. Do your research
If you are going to be working and living in a different country, of course you will want to understand the culture of that country.
Before you travel for your new job, be sure to do your research. Try searching online for tips and information regarding business etiquette and general cultural expectations in the country. By preparing yourself ahead of time, you will reduce any anxiety you may feel about the move and the locals will appreciate the fact that you made an effort to learn their culture.
2. Brush up on your language skills
If the main language in your new place of employment is going to be different from your own native language, you should immediately begin learning some of the basics. You do not have to be a fluent expert in your new language, but knowing how to ask for directions, order food, and say thank you are things that will help you transition a bit easier in your new job and home.
3. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When you arrive at your new job, it is important to ask questions when you feel the need. If there is any confusion, speak up.
Also, just as important, ask your co-workers where the best places are for food, clothing, etc. Based on my experience in several different countries, most people will be very happy to point you in the right direction.
4. Make friends
Don’t forget that your new life should be a mix of work and fun, even in another country. Make friends with your co-workers, neighbors, or discover new friends through meetup groups online. I have met some of my greatest friends in other countries by simply being friendly and open to meeting new people.
So, fight the urge to hide behind your desk or in your new flat and get out there and socialize!
What are some other ways you might prepare for your new job overseas? Please share your tips in the comments below.
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