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Australia is often referred to as the lucky country – at least by Australians! – and it’s easy to see why. According to the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index, it is the fourth happiest nation in the world. It’s also the largest island nation and has five of its cities in the top 40 for infrastructure standards worldwide.
With a unique landscape and relaxed culture, Australia is a popular destination for travellers, but it is also high on the list for international students. And it’s not just for the lifestyle, Australia contains 7 of the top 100 universities in the world and the government invests around $200,000,000 annually in international scholarships.
Still unconvinced? Here are some more reasons to consider Australia when choosing to study abroad. (more…)
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The process of applying for a job can be substantially different abroad. Curriculum vitae, or resumes, are drafted in a different format and letters require a different style. In some countries, psychological tests are part of the process, or you are observed in assessment centers, whereas in other countries these are unheard of.
In France, graphology is sometimes part of the selection process, which means you may be asked to handwrite your cover letter. In the USA, but also at organizations such as the UN, references will be verified. As a foreign national in Europe, you may be required to produce a copy of your birth certificate or proof of health insurance. (more…)
There’s no questioning the fact that the world is a more connected place now more than any other time in history. And it’s only going to be more so in the future.
Take me for an example. I am writing this in Sydney, Australia. It will be published by Kathrin, who is in London. And read by people all over the world.
That kind of reach for people like me was unthinkable just 10 years ago.
It’s easier than ever to do business internationally. We all know the majority of products are manufactured in China. Sophisticated software programs are coded in India. And many administrative tasks are outsourced to the Philippines.
But until 10 years or so ago, only huge corporations could do that. (more…)
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Graduating from secondary education feels great! You toss your cap into the air and daydream of all the future possibilities open to you. Soon after the ceremony, though, it’s time to begin thinking about grad school.
Which university offers the best studies for your chosen field? Do you seek a little adventure in your life? Would you love to be around different cultures and immerse yourself in a brand-new social environment? You may have asked yourself these questions while looking at brochures for universities. After a lot of debate, you’ve decided the best university is one that’s in a different country.
Over the last 50 years, the trend to work or study abroad has grown rapidly. This is among others caused by the fact that students are more likely to be accepted by a foreign university and being supported by their own state.
Whether a student chooses to go abroad for one month, six months, one year or longer, the experience will always be unique to that person and will give him or her a clear advantage in life. Not only will they learn a foreign language, they will discover a new culture, make new friends, develop an independent personality, self-esteem and a new openness to the world.
Moving abroad: How to get your bulky properties abroad?
As we all know, going abroad requires preparation. For example, how will I transport my most valuable things? Where will I live? How will I get there? If you plan on staying abroad for several years, it also makes sense to move your furniture or similar bulky subjects.
To get your furniture safely to your desired destination, there are various transportation companies which you can check out. For example, there are international online platforms for transportation, which argue to make your life easier by shipping your things. Keep in mind all of the actions taken by your chosen organisation should be visible to you. Of course, if you are not traveling too far away, you can also choose to carry your things yourself.
There are different things to consider when you decide in which country you want to work or where you want to start a business. Will it be in the US or rather in a European country? By taking a look at two essential factors regarding making this decision and the differences between both continents, you can get an idea of which working conditions suit you best – in particular when it comes to working hours and minimum wages. Let’s take a look. (more…)
This article is based on the free ebook “Working abroad”
Do you plan to change your life and start working abroad in 2012? Then the following tips could give you a hand preparing for this once in a lifetime adventure.
Administrative matters: No one likes them, but they need to be done
Before you leave to work or study in a foreign country you will have to deal with numerous administrative matters. You will have to settle your taxes, take care of your medical needs, secure your social security and other rights you have accrued as not to lose them, to list a few. You have to learn about at least the basics of your new country, its culture and its languages. You will likely face a different legal status, whether as a resident or as employee. You may have to arrange for recognition of diplomas, face limitations regarding the ownership of property, or you may have questions about the availability of work. In a later stage changing immigration status on the basis of one type of visa may be more difficult than on another. Your social security rights and retirement accounts may be affected. Formalities to obtaining a drivers’ license or hooking up electricity can be, well, bureaucratic. We have picked a few things you have to consider before you actually leave.
Even for the most hardened adventurers it is not easy to leave family, friends and familiar culture behind. After a while their absence can be felt dearly. Experiences can not be shared with the same persons you were used to sharing everything with, and the home front has a limited understanding of your new situation which they don’t visualize.
Many people who move abroad experience what is commonly referred to as “culture shock”, usually after an initial period of adjustment to the new culture. Suddenly you are subjected to a different language, unwritten and unspoken rules of behaviour, and an entirely new life environment. Your reference criteria have disappeared and the most basic assumptions you had about daily life no longer apply.
About 2/3rd of persons moving abroad are “rejectors”. They are not able to settle, withdraw in a protected environment and after a while return home. A very small minority fully integrates.
Culture shock occurs in various stages which are experienced differently by each person. It doesn’t hurt to know in which phase you are.
Before your departure you feel a form of euphoria and enthusiasm for the new adventure. This first stage continues once you have set foot in your new surroundings. Everything is new and you want to taste it all. However, after a while you begin to miss facets of your original culture. Not just food or tangible items but also behaviour, attitude, scents or music.