7 Tips to Fast track your Career after a Japa Move

It’s Japa season! A huge number of people have relocated abroad in search of better opportunities and greener pastures. However, not everyone takes the time to consider what will happen to their career after the migration. This is probably because they do not think it’s possible or do not know what it takes.

Depending on your level of education, skills, and experience, you can continue on the career path you were on in your home country before relocating.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to make this possible:

  1. Review your career goals: You might be able to accelerate your career by going abroad. If you’re unsure, do research on strategies to accomplish these goals in your new country of residence. If you know how to use local laws and customs and make the necessary preparations, you may find that doing so abroad will help you accomplish your goals more swiftly.
  2. Start your job search: Investigate potential relocation places before you start your job search. Gather knowledge about the labor market and potential employers you are interested in. Once you’ve chosen a destination, get in touch with recruiters who work for businesses in your sector in the new city. Your best bet for finding out about opportunities in your new state or region is a recruiter. They might be aware of organizations that are looking to fill positions and can give you information about a company’s culture, benefits, and starting pay. Additionally, if they believe you are a good fit for a position, they could recommend you to a company and arrange an interview for you. Search engines are another option for accelerating the process. Find out whether there are any changes for you in the new country and whether you need to acquire any extra knowledge or certifications. 
  3. Identify an industry that fits your strengths: This one is challenging. Not every industry that we would like to work with will give us a chance. There undoubtedly is one, though. Just make sure your abilities and expertise match what they’re looking for by learning more about them. The most common error candidates make is not doing their research on the company or the organization.
  4. Sell your skills well: Because it’s a new environment for you, employers may not be open to having you onboard, and so it becomes important for you to take extra effort in selling yourself to employers. Think about transferable skills. Understanding how your diverse background and experiences can add value to organizations will help you sell yourself, making employers focus on the benefits you bring that others don’t.
  5. Connect with others: Connecting with people who already reside in your new country is always important. Making new connections with locals or individuals in your field is also crucial. Make connections and friends with residents who are familiar with the workplace culture and where to look for jobs; they might even be able to help you get the perfect job opportunity for you.
  6. Keep developing yourself: Every day, we must learn and develop ourselves. When you are relocating to a new place, there’s just so much to learn. You must be willing to put in the hard work and effort to make it a successful move. Developing yourself is not just about your technical skills but also about your self-confidence. When you are confident, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to talk about your skills and experience.
  7. Manage your expectations: It’s important to manage your expectations, whether they relate to more salary, improving skills, or anything else you might expect as a result of relocating to a new country. Keeping your expectations reasonable can help you maintain adaptability in the face of any potential unexpected changes and differences. Managing expectations can also allow you to foster positivity when you encounter unexpected situations.

In addition to the career-boosting benefits, working abroad also gives you a fantastic opportunity to develop a genuinely local experience. So, look beyond your colleagues and ex-pat community for ways to build your connections more broadly, learn the local language and be open to trying something new, you never know what you might discover or where these new experiences and connections might lead you later on.

Conversely, as jobseekers emigrate via the Japa wave, gaps are opening up within organisations at home that need to be filled by qualified talents. So if you are not ready to join the Japa train, Jobberman can help match you to these opportunities when you join our Head Hunters’ List and be the first to know when opportunities that match your experience and skill set become available. Join Here

Daniel Oluwatosin
A Creative who is constantly learning new ways to build and grow brands with creative, engaging and converting contents.
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