Constraints & opportunities

If you have the choice, try to find a country that is not only attractive but also providing job opportunities for yourself as well as, should the situation arise, for your spouse.

If not, concentrate on the country's particular opportunities.

Do I have the right to work?

Within the European Union, community citizen have the right to circulate, work and do business in whatever place of the Union territory. Apart from this particular situation, working abroad usually require a visa. It is always possible to start with a touristic visa for starting a local job search, counting on quick job search and the possibility to obtain the adequate visa once the job obtained. But in many cases, this very job searching activity is illegal, the situation is insecure and a matter of worry for potential employers who would rather recruit people for whom they will have no red tape to proceed with. Being granted a spousal visa doesn't equate with being allowed to work. spouses willing to work usually have to go through the process either to obtain a specific work authorization or to get their own work visa. do not automatically get in the same time a right to work. 

Specific regulations are also to be considered. Some activities are restricted by conditions of diploma, status or nationality.

Last but not least, there are geographical constraints that should be taken into account right away. If located on a life base, in the middle of a desert, chances are that it will be difficult to find a job locally in your particular field of expertise.

Is the country's language a difficulty?

If you are looking for a job in a country with a local or business language different from your mother tongue, it is essential to check that your command of the language is god enough. If not, you will have either to focus your search on specific area where language will not be a handicap, or to invest in developping your language skills.

Are there specific job opportunities?

Ideally, you should be capable to find a job in your own field of expertise. But your expertise can be non transferable, or job opportunities may be scarce. In that case, the most important driver for your implementing a career move should be the buoyancy of selected jobs and professions. Most career specialists underline the necessity for any job applicant to start from the marlet needs and then develop the appropriate skills for the job.

What is my competitive edge over locals?

This the good news. In addition to your usual skils (those that you were spontaneously highlighting in your home country), you can now count on skills that, although not particularly valuable in your country, are treated like golden nuggets on expatriation.: your mother tongue, the familiarity you have with your culture of origin, its political institutions, its economic environment?... This unique advantage can open new opportunities either in your own specialty or in totally different fields.

A few examples :

  • a french journalist living in Russia, became Marketing Director for a large cosmetics firm.
  • A french engineer, living in Saudi Arabia, became a TV presentator.
  • A swedish Marketing executive, developped her own coaching and cross cultural training activity in France.

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