What to do if: you get an unexpected expat job offer

December 12, 2017
If the expat job offer comes as a surprise it means you have some serious thinking to do. If you find yourself in this situation here are some of the things you will need to consider:
First and foremost consider how happy you are both at work and in life generally.  Overall, do you feel happy and fulfilled in your current role, or do you believe you would be more content in a different role, even if it was  in a different country? If things feel a bit stagnant and in need of change, then a new position might be a good move for you.
While you may be excited by the idea of working abroad, do your partner and children feel the same? Communication is key here. Speak to your partner as soon as you can about the offer. Include your children sooner rather than later. This is going to have a huge impact on their lives, so it’s best they have time to process the news too.  

It may seem easier if you are single but that isn’t always the case. Do you have family or friends who rely on you? Speak to them to see if you can work out alternative supports for them if you do decide to go.
Is the role something that could really accelerate your career? Research has shown a significant majority of people believe working abroad will help them move up the career ladder.  Often, working as an expat offers opportunities that just don’t exist in your home country. Working as an expat shows future employers that you are willing to take on new challenges.
You need to consider this, in terms of your current role and the expat job opportunity that has been offered to you, particularly if you have financial commitments like a mortgage or a young family. Is the expat role a contract? Could that actually be a benefit, knowing you will only be away for a year or two?
Last but by no means least, consider the location of the expat job. Is it somewhere you have always wanted to live? Or somewhere you have concerns about living? No matter what the answer is, research is key. Start online - expat forums are an excellent resource for exploring everyday life in your destination country. Outside of that, look for information from your own embassy as they will usually highlight any potential issues around living in that country. In an ideal world try to visit your destination country before making a final decision, particularly if you are bringing your family.
If you decide to accept an expat job offer one of the first things you need to consider is international health insurance so you are covered if you need medical treatment during your time abroad.  Please contact us if you have questions about international health insurance, we would be happy to answer them.