Are you planning on working abroad this summer or in the near future? Well there’s some things you have to stick to if you want to get the most out of it.
Research the area
This sounds blindingly obvious but believe it or not, its something a lot of people don’t do. Make sure there’s transport routes to and from your new workplace and estimate how long it will take to get there. If you’re doing a J1 and you haven’t figured out where you’re going to work, at least do some research into suitable places in the nearby area. Nobody wants to be late to their first day so give yourself plenty of time and do your research.
Prepare for the Culture
Every country has it’s own costumes and cultures. For instance, anywhere outside of Ireland will be unaccustomed to the Irish use of ‘Grand’ in the context in which we use it. How you greet people is different all around the world and it would be a good idea to knowledge up, especially if you’re going to be working in that environment. What’s normal here might be considered rude in other countries.
Make time for Leisure
While your main motive might be to earn money and experience working in a different country and culture, it’s also important that you take the time to explore and meet new people. When you’re not slaving over a hot stove or serving people their grub, take some time out and do touristy stuff.
Grab an ISIC card and you’ll get a bucket load of discounts that you can use all over the world. Heading Stateside and want to let your inner daredevil out by trying out some of the biggest and best rollercoasters in the world? We’ve got you covered with a banging discount for Six Flags. 🙂 🙂 Heading to the city of love and fancy a trip to the Grevin De Paris? Well it’s your lucky day because you can get admission for just 14 quid thanks to ISIC!! Get your card here – http://www.isiccard.ie/get-the-card/
Brush up on the Language
If you’re heading to a country where the native language isn’t English, it might be a good idea to learn as much of the language as you can. Leaving Cert French might be good enough for ordering a side of chips on your holidays, but actually working with people on a daily basis is a different kettle of fish, and obviously, a much higher standard is required. You might be lucky enough to find a job which operates through English, but even then you should learn at least a few words.
Take Plenty of Money
You might be thinking that you’ll be grand because you’ll be working. However, making ends meet can be tough at the beginning so make sure you go wherever you’re going with enough money in the bank. Speaking of banks btw, N26 is definitely the easiest and most conveniant bank to use when you’re holdiaying or working abroad. It’s mad easy to set up and you’ll save yourself some precious mula with no charge for foreign transactions. Post-work drinks anyone??
Finally, know your rights.
As we all know, America is not renowned for it’s workers rights laws. This means you should be really careful about accepting job offers as you can be very easily screwed over. With countries where with a language barrier it’s really important that you go through the relevant laws so you know when you’re being underpaid or overworked. Remember that you can’t get your Mam to come down to the shop to give them grief.