Considering and preparing well in advance can make your move easier and more likely to be a success.
Decide which country and city to move to
Key things to consider are:
- Where are there jobs in your chosen industry? Find out where and look at job adverts to see what is required (see City pages);
- Where is there lower unemployment? (see JOBS pages);
- What is your main motivation: finding work, following friends, learning a language? Whatever it is, make the right choice for you;
- How important is art, culture and entertainment? (see City pages);
- Which languages do you speak or want to learn?
- Where do you have friends, family and contacts?
- How are the flights to your home town? (see LIVING page);
- Would you prefer to live in a big city or small town?
Decide when to move
Key things to consider are:
- When can you afford to move? - You will need savings to pay for flights, initial accommodation, initial deposit and rent for a house, city transport, clothes for interviews or a new climate and all living costs until you find a job. Consider at least €2,000 - €3,000;
- When are there more employment opportunities? - jobs demand may change throughout the year: shops hire in Oct. and early Nov. for the Xmas period. Many companies start their budgets in Jan. and so have money to recruit. Tourism and agriculture jobs are more common in the summer months;
- When do courses start? - if you are planning to study abroad fixed course dates may be the key consideration. Many courses start only in Sept. or Jan., some start throughout the year.
Improve or practice your language skills
The better you speak the language in your new country the easier everything will be. Consider doing a language course or using language study books, foreign language TV, films or books or doing language exchanges to practice and develop your language skills before you go.
Prepare your CV and Covering Letter
Preparing your CV and Covering Letter in advance is useful because:
- You can save time and money by applying for jobs sooner, online before you go or as soon as you arrive;
- Preparing a good CV and Covering Letter is important and takes time;
- You may not have easy access to the internet when you arrive;
Complete your admin
There is some administration that is useful to complete before you go:
- Apply for a European health card to provide you with access to free and reduced cost medical care in other European countries;
- Renew your national identity card if will expire soon, as this is much easier to do in your home country;
- Consider applying for a passport, as identity cards do not exist in the UK and, although they are valid for travel and other purposes, they may not be recognised on occasions;
- Have any relevant certificates translated to English, as this will probably be easier and cheaper to organise in your home country (check if the translation must be done by an accredited person or company, as this is often required for official documents);