Working as an Expatriate – My Experience

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One good way to travel the world without depleting your finances is to work as an expatriate. Most job boards these days have links to jobs all over the world and with the world getting smaller and smaller because of technology it is very easy to land a job abroad. Many employers are willing to interview you over the telephone or Skype and if they are really interested they will make travel arrangements if a site visit is necessary.

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Expatriate Workers

I have worked as an expatriate in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, and Dominica but there are opportunities all over the world. In all of these cases, the salaries were tax-free and benefits were excellent. Most companies have a relocation package but beware that some are not so good. The best ones will provide return air fare for you and family as well as shipment of your belongings. Another common practice by some companies is to provide incentives for completing a contract period and this can be in the form of a percentage of your salary. Whatever you do, read the fine print on your contract to see what is covered from what isn’t. Most companies will also provide temporary accommodation while you search for your new apartment. The best deal I have seen is a company that provided temporary accommodation for 2 months but some provide just 7 days to find your new apartment.

As exciting as this experience is, it can be quite a shock to you depending on where you are coming from. Read up about the country you are going to so that you get an idea of what to expect. Although the actual experience might be quite different from what you read; it is best to be prepared mentally for the challenges that you might face. If there are certain things that you cannot live without and those are not available readily in the host country, then take them with you.

Be aware though that not everyone in the host country will like the idea that you are there. Keep your eyes open because some persons are out for blood just because you “took” their jobs. For some reason some persons believe that you are a part of the conspiracy to take away local jobs. You have to try not to get involved in the politics because this can cause you to be on the next flight home. If the problem child is at the head of the department you are in, then you might be in for a real fight.

Avoid any company that is asking you to pay for a ticket for a site visit and pay your relocation expenses because that might spell trouble. If they are having a problem buying a plane ticket you might have a problem getting paid.

Here are a few sites to get you started:

http://www.higheredjobs.com/international/

http://www.teachaway.com/

If you have questions about the expat experience please send me an email with the subject line EXPAT to mardenec@hotmail.com

 

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Mardene R. Carr is a tech-savvy Librarian with over 15 years of experience in Jamaica, USA, Cayman Islands, Bahamas and Dominica. For more on her work please visit

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mardene_Carr

https://ucc-jm.academia.edu/MardeneCarr

https://conciergelibrarian.com/

 


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31 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    I’ve always thought about working abroad, it’s just taking the plunge thats the scary part! xxx

  2. top5life says:

    I love travelling very much. The idea of working as an expatriate is very attractive for me. loved your post

  3. Amy Jones says:

    I think its a really interesting point of view but i haven´t lived this myself, but who knows maybe one day

  4. Esme Sy says:

    Working abroad is a great opportunity, but challenging at the same time. If given the chance, I think I would love to do this.

  5. I worked as an expat in St. Lucia and it was a great experience for the most part but there were challenges, some of which you mentioned. Reading the fine prints is key as you said. Living now in Canada and a citizen, it is still important to read the fine prints as there are unscrupulous employers everywhere who will try to take advantage if they think they can get away with it. Great post.

    • Oh yes Claudette they are everywhere acting like slavery still exists. That is why first and foremost we have to get ourselves qualified as it is easier to tell them which bridge to jump off…LOL

  6. Lexie Lane says:

    The thought of working abroad gives me a heartache, especially when you’re being far away to your family. But I love travelling!

    • Lexie a good expat job allows you to take your family with you…not only that, they pay for you to take your family as they understand the importance of family. An expat who has family with them tend to stay and work longer with that company because they are happier

  7. Working abroad was a big challenge. and its really hard being far away to your family

  8. Ana De Jesus says:

    The idea of working abroad appeals to me but realistically I don’t know if it would as I am a homebody. I do like to travel.

    • Ana I am a homebody too and so it does not matter where I am living that I will be. Believe me as an expat you get to spend a lot of time at home and alone if you did not bring family with you. In fact I think it is ideal for home bodies…LOL

  9. Ana De Jesus says:

    Travelling is one thing but to live abroad you have to be open to change and I am not sure if I could do that! I am a homebody lol x

  10. Elizabeth O. says:

    Working abroad definitely has it’s challenges. But it’s also very fulfilling too. Thanks for the tips, it’s hard to deal with locals who think you’re there to steal their position.

  11. Amber NElson says:

    Wow, that sounds like quite the experience. I admire your bravery for submitting yourself into a totally different place!

    • Amber the experience was great and I would do it again. I gave myself 6 years to do that and I completed my 6 years and returned home. I wanted to see what it was liking working in libraries outside of Jamaica. I came, I saw and I conquered..LOL

  12. tara pittman says:

    I would love to travel abroad but living there I dont know

  13. Euge Nia says:

    It seems great opportunity, I would like to work abroad and travel. Thanks for your post, it is valuable to me 🙂

  14. Chanelle says:

    My husbands company has Expats all over the world. It seems like a great opportunity to explore and experience the world. Not sure I would want to do it with seven kiddos, but maybe later. 🙂

  15. excellent post and its getting worse and worse, companies are getting stingier so one has to read the fine print pretty close to ensure they get a great deal working as an expatriate 🙂

    Sylvia Jules Kal

  16. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Here in the US, there are so many different cultures, etc, that I highly doubt anyone would notice 🙂