Get ready for the unexpected!
Even if you’re the most organized individual and you spend hours on planning your relocation abroad, there will always be moments when you will meet the unexpected. You will never really know what is going to happen until you will get settled in. No two-week holiday can predict what will come when you’ll be integrated in the new society, as well as prepare you for working in a different country. Which is why, you need to get ready for any unforeseen circumstances. Sounds implausible? We know. But that’s why we’re here to help you out.
What are cultural components? Any civilization spends thousands of years building their culture, it is absolutely normal to experience a sense of non-belonging on your arrival. What are there components that you should prepare for? Have a read down below.
Bureaucracy and laws
Understanding the local rules is one step forward towards a peaceful stay. There is always the possibility to encounter strange new laws that do not make sense to you up until you start living there – rather than encountering the culture as a tourist. Of course, if you ever find yourself in trouble you can count on your nation’s embassy and consulate for support, but further than this a Global Mobility consultant can help you throughout the process to avoid any unfortunate circumstances.
Money & tax
Not only that you mind need to adapt to a new currency, but you always have to keep in mind the often-complex issues involving tax and personal finances.
Religion often shapes the culture of a country and most importantly, the way of life. What is culturally normal in one country, can be defined as offensive in another. Make sure you do your homework and adapt to the different attitudes apparent in the relocated space.
These holidays often vary around the world and can cause chaos in traffic, airports and work schedules. In order to not get caught unexpected in such circumstance, make sure you list out all public holidays in your calendar for the time of your stay.
Here comes the fun part. Experiencing the local cuisine can be one of the best perks of a relocation experience. Make sure you take advantage of it, it’s all out there ready to be tasted!
No one will ask of you to learn the local language for the purpose of an assignment abroad, however it is polite to know some words as it shows as a sign of respect for the local culture you’re entering. Take a short online course to understand the basics. Ensuring a smooth cross-cultural communication can get you a long way – especially in business.
If you have a family and are thinking of relocating, you need to make sure they are settled in as well. Accommodation, schooling and commuting are just a few elements that need to be taken care of on your arrival.
To conclude, the experience of an assignment abroad can shape you in an evolutionary manner and even change your self-perception by adding an experience that will be a main component of your growth – career and personal as well. It is absolutely impossible to be fully prepared for such massive change, however taking care of the tips above can definitely impact positively your culture-shock.
The best advice we can give is to follow a cross-cultural training session with a dedicated expert. The #NestlersTeam is here for you! For more info, have a look here.