If you want to move abroad, you can do it / Achieve your goals
I’m telling you this because I’ve met so many people wishing to study or work abroad but only very few of them actually do it.
I think there’s no excuse. Unless you have specific medical care that you need and can’t find where you want to relocate or you have someone depending on you who can’t follow you, you can’t really say that money if the problem. Usually people think it is.
If you can’t achieve something today, try something more reachable which will bring you closer to your goals.
Try to look at the big picture – and stop stressing about how your CV’s gonna look like, focus on what you want to do today. It’s your life, you only got one so allow yourself to explore and get more experience, even if it’s not so consistent. It’s important to do the things you like and to know why you do them.
If you are not ready to move abroad you will find tons of excuses.
You don’t have the right education to find a job abroad, well go back to school. You can’t finance it? Study part time & work part time.
You want to go now but don’t have enough money? Delay your plans for a year or 2, work hard, save money and then go.
That’s what I did! When I was in China I knew I wanted to live in Hong Kong and work there, but all my savings were almost gone and I had to go back to my home country. I worked two jobs for a year; one full time between Mon-Fri plus one part-time for 17 hours on weekends in a DIY store - which was a horrible experience …every weekend. My job during the week was great, and as much as I wished to quit the weekend job I didn’t. I needed that money so I worked my ass off and then I moved to Hong Kong. I looked like a living dead for a year and had little social life. But I did it, I was able to reach my goal.
So in order to move abroad – for most of us – we have to work very hard. And life is never gonna be any easier once you are abroad anyway. Relocating to a new country is no vacation. Sure it’s an adventure every day, but it can be a bit scary because you are far from your family and friends and out of your comfort zone.
And you will wonder what if it doesn’t’ work? What if you don’t like it there? What if you can’t find a job you like?
Sometimes it doesn’t work it’s true and all you can do is give it your best and always have a plan B.
Be flexible, lots of thing will absolutely not work out the way you wanted to. Be ready to grab an opportunity even if it’s not exactly as you planned; you might not get that big salary, not the right apartment, and not even in your dreamed location. Here is an example: You are in HK and you get a great opportunity for Singapore – just go! HK can wait. You can always come back.
Sometimes - most of the time - you have to go with your gut and take some risks
If you already moved abroad let me know how you have overcome your “excuses” and if you got any good tips to share with your community.
Talk to you next time.