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Asked on 23 Sep 2020

What considerations should one take before deciding to work overseas?

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Here are some that come to mind:

Skills – Not all Singaporeans are attractive hires. Many parts of the world still view Westerners as superior. Cost-wise we also lose to out to many developing countries. Your skills here will set you apart. No skills, no overseas job for you.

Network - If you intend to return to Singapore in the future, your network will probably be impacted. That's okay as you get to build a network elsewhere.

Cost – You might be paid more in London, but will you be able to save more? It's possible to return home in poorer financial shape than before.

Fit – Some Singaporeans thrive overseas as they're global citizens. Others shrivel up and die like the quiet mouse in the room. When you work overseas you'll have to behave like other expats. Assertive, confident and aggressive. If you can't do that, then you need to start learning.

Benefits – Some companies will offer you attractive expat packages. Once again, dependent on skills.

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Hi Anon,

Just to add on a few others:

In terms of cost, remember to weigh between big ticket items, everyday cost of living, average salary and the taxes. Also do take into consideration the country's healthcare system.

In terms of lifestyle, apart from the work culture, can you adapt to the culture there? There are many small things to consider, are you someone who is able to adapt well to changes in weather? Are you able to adapt to amenities not being close by or available 24/7?

If you're moving to somewhere rural, do you have a driver's license or are you planning to get one there?

Other considerations of course, include your current career, your family & friends and your partner.

Hope this helps!

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Daniel Kok

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Answered on 24 Sep 2020

My main consideration would be the development of the country.

for instance countries like Finland will appeal to me as I have a daughter and I would want her to be in a country with good education system.

secondly I think the potential of the country is important as well. Such as if I were to move from the country a few years later, will that country provide good relevancy on my resume.

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