Any decision as big as moving abroad is bound to spark fear: The timing will never feel perfect. It will always be hard to leave family and friends, and your career will always be in flux.
But if you wait for your fears to somehow fade away, you might be waiting forever.
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Try visit the place you're interested in moving to if it's feasible. Because working in a country or city is not the same as vacationing there.
While hitting the tourist hot spots is great, try to explore neighborhoods where the locals live, visit grocery stores, and sit in restaurants. Then you can do one better and speak to other expats who live there to get a sense of what day-to-day life is like.
As tempting as it is to move to a beautiful place for the location and lifestyle, don’t do it at the cost of your career. There’s nothing worse than moving to a country for a job you end up hating, especially if your legal status depends on an employer-sponsored visa.
Be proactive about researching the reputation of any company you’re considering.
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