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Factors to consider

Pursuing a career abroad could be one of the biggest personal and professional decisions you ever make. Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad will be a key component of your decision-making.

What’s more, as part of your thinking, you will need to consider practical issues such as:

Friends and family

Many international assignments don’t happen because the move has not been fully discussed with family – not only immediate family who are moving but also family members who are being left behind. For example, what will your partner do to find work in the new location? Will your elderly parents be able to cope without you around?


Even with borders becoming more fluid, you cannot move to a country simply because you want to; you will still need to satisfy skills, education and personal status visa criteria.


A move abroad is expensive. If your relocation is not being funded by your organisation, make sure that you look at all potential expenses, including:

  • Immigration
  • Flights
  • Shipping
  • Short-term accommodation
  • Tax advice
  • Property sale

Your task

What other factors do you think you need to consider for working abroad? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Further reading

Hannan, I. (n.d.). Ask yourself these 8 questions before relocating internationally for a job. https://social.hays.com/2016/10/11/ask-yourself-these-8-questions-before-relocating-internationally-for-a-job/

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International Career Development: Pursuing A Career Abroad

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