4 things to keep in mind when moving abroad for your new job
May 5, 2015
So, you´ve decided to move abroad for a new fantastic job? Congratulations! It´s usually an incredible experience and we´ve listed a few ideas below to help you get off to a smooth start.
1. Check out the local community
MeetUp's and similar events are just great for meeting like-minded individuals. The tech community generally is a very active one so chances are there are plenty of activities going on in your new city. Get out there and get involved! A great way of expanding the social circle and getting ideas on what is happening.
2. Take your time
If possible, arrange to have a long week-end or a week in your new city before you start work. This will give you more time to explore your new city, settle down, sort out any documentation since this is not always possible during the weekend and maybe look at apartments. Often a lot more shops are open during the week as well, in case you forgot something back home or need things for your new home etc. Stepping into the office on Monday morning you want to be relaxed and energized for your first day!
3. Look up cultural differences
This can be a life saver, especially if you´re moving continent but also if you´re staying on the same one! Make sure to read up on cultural differences to have a heads up on what typical social situations look like. As an example a lot of companies promote and highlight themselves as a flat organisation, and for someone coming from a culture where the manager is the manager and that´s the voice that counts, it can be quite a change. Another example is something as simple as introducing yourself. In Barcelona where the Avuteq HQ is, the custom is to give a kiss on each cheek when greeting someone, however in Berlin a handshake is the way forward.
A simple one, but can be extremely helpful. Your passport being one of your most important documents, make sure you scan or take a photo of the picture pages, as well as any Visa stamps or birth certificates if you have children. Store this where you can access it easily. This can be useful if for example rental agencies ask for this type of information but also if you end up losing the real documents. Having a digital copy can help a lot in this case!
Would you add something to this list? Feel free to share, I´m curious to hear about your own experience!
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