So you want to travel? To move to another country? To work in a different environment? To study a new language? Where to start! Though exciting, this can also be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help your preparation before leaving home.
A great way to experience a new country is through working there. Partnership International can find many job opportunities available to you. To make sure you get the best one you can, write a great CV and cover letter. This blog will show you how. Once placed, you should find out as much about the company as you can. An obvious way to do this is, you’ve guessed it, Google! You can also check out the firm on LinkedIn and connect with them if you have an account. Get a feel for the company’s objectives and style (traditional etc) so you know what to expect when you arrive.
A big help in a new country is speaking the language. If you don’t, it’s easy to pick up a few basics, such as “hello” and “thank you”! Have these learned before you go as they are comforting to have. Also buying a dictionary of the language would be a good idea. Once you get there, being immersed in the language will improve your language skills in no time. Here is a blog to give you a head start at English.
Prepare for culture shock! Calm down, this isn’t a state of trauma! At the start, customs will seem different but they are easy to adapt to and even embrace. Perhaps try to incorporate some aspects into your daily life at home before you travel. For example if you wish to move to Spain, get into a routine of eating dinner later each day, so dining at 10pm won’t surprise your body! For more tips to help you deal with culture shock, read this blog 🙂
Do not leave this to the last minute! You might have a busy life but it will be even busier if you have to rush around buying things and washing and printing boarding passes in the space of a few hours! Depending on the length of time you will be away for, a week in advance is the minimum time to begin packing, or at least prepare a list of what you’ll need. A list is great to gather you’re thoughts and ensure nothing is forgotten by ticking packed items. Break it into categories, such as work clothes, leisure, cosmetics etc. Bit by bit you can add to your suitcase methodically. Make sure to check the climate and forecast of your destination. If you’re coming to Ireland, a secret tip, bring a rain jacket!
We hope this blog helps with your exciting preparation. Now you’re ready to make the leap abroad, find your perfect package at http://www.partnershipinternational.ie/.