Do you know this feeling?
Yes!!!! I got the job!!!!! But wait, urrgh it´s not around the corner, it´s in a completely new country and you might not even speak the local language.
I went through this a couple of times, the excitement of moving to a new country and the concerns that come with it, especially if you are moving with your family.
When relocating alone and for your own job, you just pack your bags and dive into the adventure. But let´s be honest, when you move with your family, you might ask yourself a few more questions before actually boarding the plane.
My personal advice, don´t panic, everything will be fine, eventually 😉
To get prepared and make the move a fun thing for the whole family here are a couple of tips on how to start the process:
- Prepare all the needed papers and be sure you have the required legalizations, that will save you a lot of time and trouble once you arrive at your destination.
- Make sure you have international health insurance for the first months.
- Enjoy the last days at home with friends and family and show your kids the excitement and joy for the new home, if you love it, they will too.
- Be aware of how long you are planning to stay. In the end this is what determines a lot of choices you will make later, apartment, school, car etc…
- When choosing the school don´t forget, children learn new languages fast and speaking the local language is a key factor in integration. Schools don´t always have free spots, and some application deadlines might apply. Prepare that part as soon as possible but don´t panic. Especially state schools often don´t even accept applications until you are not registered in the respective town.
- Regarding the accommodation be practical, check the traffic links to work and school and be aware of your budget.
- Try to build up your social network as soon as possible. You can join Facebook groups and other online platforms before the big move. Here you can get first-hand info and start to know some like-minded people. Once you have arrived, after-school activities, hobbies etc are a good way to find new friends. Remember nobody will knock at your door, get out and do it yourself and you will find some wonderful people.
Let me add one final sentence, while you are making sure that all your family is settling well and feel at home in the new country, don´t forget yourself. Make sure to reserve some time for your own needs and explore the opportunities that lay ahead in this new chapter.