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Question: “I want to work overseas. Do you have any advice on how I should start?” – Riley, 26
Answer: Contiki travel brochures always have the answer to this sort thing. They love a good adage. You know, like a journey of a thousand miles begins with a forgotten toiletries bag… or something like that. #noregrets
Is it a change of scenery you’re after here, Riley, or a better job opportunity? If a new adventure’s your thing, surely a childhood of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? has left you with a landmark to jetset off to? If so, get a one way flight and just go there, baby. And don’t worry so much about finding a job overnight. Take your folio, find a good Airbnb, check out the feng shui of the city, and be prepared for plan B*.
*Plan B is not guest featuring on What Really Happens in Bali.
Alternatively, you might be after a different setting to advance your career – the tech and startup scene in San Francisco, for example. Remember that, regardless of the location, job hunting is a universal process. Once you’ve found a small number of companies you admire, research into the culture and people who work there and touch base (Twitter and LinkedIn can help you here). Only don’t start by just asking for a job – after all, a folio only says so much about a person. Instead, just start a conversation. Once you’re on good terms, send through your work and if everything is hunky dory, arrange a meeting. Then all you have to do is turn up.
And remember, you can only control so much. It’s a new place with a new economy and new players. As Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. You’ll be just fine.