Five things to consider before taking the plunge to work overseas

Have you ever considered looking for work overseas?

As salaries are often much higher in countries such as Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, it’s no surprise that more and more workers from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines are deciding to look for work overseas.

Here are a couple of things you should know before taking that next big step.


What type of work is available?

Before looking for a job overseas, you should have some idea of the work you can do and want to do.

Different countries offer different jobs, so it is a good idea to see what is available and if it is suitable for you first, rather than picking a country and then looking for a job.

Some common jobs for overseas workers include:

  • Domestic help (cleaning, shopping, and cooking for families in their own home)
  • Childcare (working as a nanny, babysitter, or au pair, usually for one family in their own home)
  • Healthcare worker (nurses, geriatric care practitioners and rehabilitation carers)
  • Farm work (fruit picking and general labouring)
  • Gardening (mowing lawns, weeding, and general garden maintenance)
  • Restaurant work (cooking and other kitchen jobs, washing dishes, and serving food to customers)
  • Construction (building work, painting, carpentry, laying asphalt and roads)

Some of these jobs may offer training, but it can be helpful if you already have some experience, especially if you are looking for childcare or construction jobs.


Practical points of living and working overseas

You can choose to either find work privately with a company or family or use an agency to help you get a job overseas.

Agencies will help with all aspects of working overseas including finding a job and arranging transport and accommodation, but you will have to pay a fee for their services. It’s important to understand what these fees are and shop around for the right agency and get a recommendation from someone you trust. It’s also important to know that you will usually have to pay for your plane ticket and you will need some money to help get you started before you are properly settled in work and life in a new country.

Many jobs come with accommodation as part of the package. If you are working with a family, they will usually provide you with your own room or one shared with other workers in their home. Other jobs such as farm work may provide shared accommodation in a boarding house or dormitory. If you find a job privately and it is not with a family you will normally have to find your own place to live, and this may be quite expensive.

While a job in another country can help you to make more money and a better quality of life for your family in the long-term, you’ll also have to work hard to save for your initial expenses at home first.


Cost of living

Another important point to consider is your cost of living while working overseas.

It’s true that salaries in other countries can be much higher, but other costs such as food, transport, and necessities may well be higher than what you’re used to as well. It’s a good idea to try to work out how much you will need to cover your basic monthly expenses and how much money will be left to send home.

Again, this is something that varies a lot between different countries so you should take some time to research and ask others who are already working overseas what their normal expenses are.


Dealing with homesickness

Working overseas is not for everyone, so it’s important to make sure you are fully prepared for the challenge.

This is especially true if you are leaving children and close family members back at home. As flights home are expensive, it may be quite some time before you will see them again.

Making friends with other overseas workers can help a lot with homesickness. Getting together to chat in your own language and cook food from your own country on your days off can be a real lifeline.

Staying in regular contact with family back home is also very important. With the bux app you can access cheap international calls as well as the app allowing you to recharge your family’s mobile phone accounts directly, making sure you can always stay in touch.


Send money back home

If you’ve made the commitment to working overseas for a better life for you and your family, you’ll want to make sure that you can send as much money home as possible. There are many different services for sending money overseas but they all charge for their services and this will eat into your hard-earned cash. Choosing a service with low fees is important.

Money transfer stores can be expensive and very busy on weekends and popular days off and you may find yourself queuing for hours when you’re already tired from work and could be spending that time relaxing with your co-workers and friends.

That’s were an app like bux comes in, it’s very convenient, saving you both time and money. bux transfers are all done in the app, so it has the convince of any tome anywhere, and there are a range of ways to load your account depending on which country you are in, meaning no more waiting in line!

bux also offers the cheapest remittance fees in the market, meaning you can send more money back home.


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