We’ve all got mates who are – according to their social media profiles at least – working overseas and living the dream.

From killing it in their careers to leading enviable social lives and going on international jaunts every weekend, it’s easy to believe that the grass is indeed greener on the other side (of the world). But is working abroad the right move for you?

  1. An Aussie rite of passage

    As Australian as Vegemite, at any given time, there are roughly one million young Aussies doing a stint working overseas. Yet despite what Instagram may imply, starting a whole new life elsewhere isn’t without its challenges. Beyond the basic logistical hurdles, you’re faced with building an entire professional network from scratch and learning a new culture (and possibly, a new language) – all at the same time as fitting into a new workplace.

  2. Preparation is key

    In turn, while finding a job at home is tough, finding one overseas is even harder. One of the best things you can do is secure work before heading abroad. Reach out to friends working in your industry overseas – they’re usually more than happy to share their new contacts and advice. Additionally, recruitment agencies can be of great help and know all the steps required.

  3. A world of opportunities for the taking

    While working overseas means leaving behind all you know, therein lies its greatest joys. By venturing away from the familiar you’re opening yourself up to a world of possibilities: new career paths, relationships, adventures, and a brand new outlook on life. Professionally, of course, overseas experience is very highly regarded and can do wonders for your career.

  4. The choice is yours alone

    Working abroad could be one of the most momentous decisions you make in your life, so do try and resist the peer pressure. Instead, preparation is key. Do your research and reach out to mates for contacts and honest advice. Be smart and cautious, but also be brave. Sometimes the best thing you can do is step outside your comfort zone.

    But, before you book your one-way ticket, make sure you’re leaving the land of Oz for the right reasons. If it’s career opportunities, postcard scenery or restaurants with stars and hats in tow – then don’t discount yours truly. Australia boasts some of the most liveable cities in the world.