8 Reasons why not to work
…why not to work in the first months living abroad
When you are moving abroad for the first time, you have no idea what you stepped into. So do your friends and former colleagues. Shortly after you’ve moved abroad with your partner and maybe children, your friends and former colleagues will ask you questions. For example what kind of work you are doing. Seriously, they will ask it as soon as you hit the ground.
They really have no clue what it means to move abroad and start up a new life in a country you hardly know. They have no idea what impact it will have on your life!
Find out first what living abroad will mean to you in this country. Find yourself a doctor, get to know people, get used to the new routines and rituals and ur way around. Later on you can think about what to do next for your career. As soon as you feel grounded again it’s your time to start thinking about your own career.
Here I have 8 reasons why you should not start to work (yet). Choose the ones that fit you best. I used more then one when I hit the ground abroad as an Expat Partner for the first time and people started bothering me with questions about my work:
- I can’t speak the language well enough (yet)
- I can’t imagine myself having a (fulltime) job with a frequent flyer husband
- My certifications are incompatible
- I am not familiar with the local rules and regulations in my profession
- I can’t leave my young children home alone in a land that’s not mine
- I can’t leave my young children in an afterschool program because schooldays are so much longer than we are used to
- I can’t imagine myself opting in for a job without having the grandparents around for back up plans
- I can’t get a work permit….
So please, first find yourself at ease and then start thinking about your career. Build up your new life, play lego first! You will get to the point that you want to find out what is best for you sooner or later! Enjoy this important phase in your new life and get back to this question as soon as you are ready for it.
Have a good start living your life abroad!