UNDERSTAND SALARIES & COSTS
A good thing to keep in mind since Step 1: the biggest potential cost of your working abroad is the price of transportation to get there. Make sure you calculate transport costs into your budget, especially if you are thinking of a shorter placement, and look into what employers will cover this expense.
Salaries differ greatly for jobs abroad, just as they do for jobs at home, depending on the field, company, your experience, and the location of your job. Most jobs abroad will provide a salary; although, some work abroad programs merely offer food, accommodation, and a symbolic weekly salary in exchange for work.
Also, keep global economics i mind when deciding where and why you want to take your career abroad. Consider the cost of living in your chosen location as well as the salaries offered. Regardless of where you work abroad, the monthly $7,500 you make back home will not be worth the same abroad. In Argentina, for example, you can live like a king with nightly steak-and-wine dinners at this salary, while in Norway, you might find that it doesn’t even cover your monthly rent.
Pay attention to currencies and research average living costs in your country of interest. Decide whether you are seeking a job abroad to increase your savings account, a work placement that paints an idyllic temporary life, or if you are more interested in the experience of a new place and occupation than the semi-monthly check.
While you may not have access to scholarships to fund your career aspirations abroad, there are other options to help you work abroad.
For example, Fund My Travel is an easy way to advertise your dreams and get money from both friends and strangers.
Buy a pocket dictionary. If you are moving to a country where English is not the main language, brush up on the basic phrases and pick up a small dictionary. You might look dorky and touristy at times, but not everywhere offers wifi reception, and at times, asking for the ambulance is more important than keeping your cool.
Health insurance? If it’s not offered through your employer, find out what options work best for you? It doesn’t hurt to have one last check-up at home either.
Research. Good excuse to watch movies and read colorful blogs.
Find out as much about your host country as possible. This will help you not only compile an effective packing list, but also get your mind to start thinking in a different way and ease the effects of culture