In the face of a changeable labour market and technological advancement, freelancing has emerged as an increasingly viable career option in 2015. This is backed by technology giants Intuit, who forecast that an estimated 40% of the U.S. workforce will operate independently by the year 2020. Similar trends are also emerging in the UK and Europe, as companies look to embrace the cost and convenience benefits of hiring from a malleable, global talent pool.
With this in mind, it may be easily argued that the concept of relocating for work is increasingly moribund. This is far from the case, however, especially as the global economy continues to expand and change the outlook of employers. With increased investment expected in specific, high value sectors of the Eurozone during 2015, for example, there will be a higher number of permanent jobs created throughout the continent. When you also consider that companies such as Google are investing in high-end real estate and expansive recruitment drives, it is clear that a growing number of people will look to move abroad in the pursuit of work this year.
How to Complete a Stress-free and Seamless move to the Continent
If you are considering moving to Central Europe for work or entering into negotiations to represent a leading international brand, however, you will need to prepare meticulously and ensure that you execute a seamless move. Consider the following steps towards achieving this: –
Select a Suitable and Affordable Property
Once you have accepted an offer of employment in Central Europe, the first thing you will need to attend to is your living arrangements. The process of identifying and purchasing a new home can be time-consuming, so you will need to initiate this almost immediately after accepting your new position of employment. Unless you adopt a proactive approach to locating your international home, you may find that you are forced to move abroad without having a confirmed living address or central abode.
To start this process, you will need to identify the properties that are close to your new place of work and sit within your financial budget. The Property Rescue Dream Home finder tool is an excellent resource to help your achieve this, as it lists available real estate in locations all around the world. Simply by entering your preferred budget range and targeting specific regions in Europe, you can create a shortlist of properties and begin to interact with international realtors. You can then look to streamline this list and make a final selection.
Organise the Logistics
While travelling to Central Europe may be far easier than moving outside of the EU to locations such America and Australasia, you will still need to organise the logistical elements of your move. This can be extremely difficult, thanks primarily to the emotional challenges posed by relocating from your home and the daunting nature of shipping products overseas, setting up new bank accounts and becoming proficient in a new language. If you can delegate and maintain a positive, proactive approach, however, you should be able to thrive.
To help ease the process, you should look to delegate a large portion of the logistical process to industry experts. There are specialist removal firms that will organise the collection and shipment of your personal possessions, enabling you to effectively manage the relationships in your family, maintain an emotional equilibrium and execute non-labour intensive tasks over the phone and online. You can also solicit the assistance of friends and family members, while making sure that you are insured for your trip.
Immerse yourself in a New Culture and Way of Life
While this may take care of your logistical requirements, you can go further in the quest to execute a seamless and stress-free move. More specifically, you can immerse yourself in the culture of your new home, taking to learn the language and required dialects while also understanding key aspects of social behaviour and interaction. Certain gestures and acts may not be unacceptable in foreign cultures, so acquiring this knowledge will ensure that you do not offend new colleagues, friends or neighbours.
This is an endeavour that simply requires the investment of time, as your browse online or at your local library to research the history of your new home and its heritage. This will offer a unique insight into its culture, and you can use this knowledge as a platform on which to explore more practical aspects such as language, behaviour and social customs. Even in a multicultural society, it may also be worth addressing the most dominant religion in the region and understanding how your own beliefs can be balanced alongside this.
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