You're about to join a world-wide community of roughly 6 million Americans who live and work in a foreign country. An international assignment is one of the most exciting life experiences that an employee and his/her family can have. The challenges and frustrations are many, but the rewards and personal growth are limited only by the preparation of the entire family and the enthusiasm you bring to the experience.
Preparation is key. Even if you consider yourself a veteran of domestic corporate relocations, you will find an overseas transfer to be very different from any other move you have made. One of the first things you will need is an overview of the specific country you'll be calling home. It's important to read up ahead of time so you'll have an understanding about business etiquette, cultural manners and other protocol.
While you may think a real estate brokerage can only assist you with the housing aspect of an international move, be sure to inquire as to their other services and/or tools that could prove helpful. For example, at Houlihan Lawrence, our global relocation division can supply you with timely tips in preparing for your international move. It lists things you'll need to do six months, three months and one month prior to the move. Additionally, we offer a reference guide that highlights conversions in everything from clothing sizes to measuring distances and weights.
Expect the experience to be rewarding, anticipate the opportunity of a lifetime and enjoy the fulfillment of personal and family growth. And look to a real estate brokerage that can help you find appropriate housing as well as be your go-to source for information and assistance.
Have you ever moved overseas for a job assignment? What did you find to be your biggest challenge?