Although I didn’t cross the pond to follow a job, naturally, once we settled in Canada, I wanted to work and it made sense to look for a job in “what I do”!
Luckily the world of automotive manufacturing is fairly global in its skill and experience requirements so my personal skills were quickly recognised, credited and I landed myself a job that I am fairly happy with.
However, I do have a list of things to consider:
1) Qualifications…they probably mean jack in another country so finding out about the equivalent in the land you hope to be in would help. I had to get my degree transcribed for the Canadian government so I now have a grade point average aswell as a UK degree classification.
2) Culture is a big thing. You need to know what it acceptable and what isnt. Obviously you will be given some leeway for being new but it makes a good impression if you know what the norm is.
3) Benefits. Do you get any, especially health. What service do you get without having benefits from an employer.
4) Weather vs location vs pay vs employer expectations. If you work somewhere with extreme weather, it normally costs more to deal with the conditions and it may have an effect on your ability to get to work. I am not looking forward to my first winter in Canada with a job…..dark all the time, cold, snow to shovel constantly, dog to walk regardless of weather as you have to get to work….it’ll be interesting that’s for sure.
I cant think of any other BIG things just now although I do want to just comment on cultural differences again.
If you consider that I have moved from the UK to Canada, two countries very closely linked and both in the Caucasian Western world, you would imagine (initially) that the differences in lifestyle and culture would be minimal.
However, its quite amazing how different the two countries are and when you are thousands of miles from home, small things can be big issues.
You have to be prepared to deal with all these changes aswell as the stresses that a new job brings. If you can find an employer who understands some of these issues (maybe someone else is ex-pat in the company too?), it will be of benefit to you.