Getting Your Dream Job - Research

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Sarah Peddie

Here at Odyssey, we like to think that we are helping you apply for your dream job overseas. Despite the overwhelming positives thoughts you may have about your dream job there are always things to consider before making the move. 

We have put together a guide for you which should help you along the way when thinking about or applying for your dream job. 

Article 1 - Research 

First of all, you should think about the destination and where you want it to be located. Our job opportunities are located all over the globe so you have an array of countries to choose from. Here are just a few that are quite popular and the pros and cons of the country. 

Australia

Positives: 

  • The Australian lifestyle 
  • All year round sun without the stifling heat 
  • Australian employers place a strong focus on a healthy work and life balance

Negatives: 

  • It can feel quite remote in some places across the country
  • The country is vast so exploring it can be time consuming
  • Many medics work in more rural areas when they first arrive down under

Canada

Positives:

  • Highly organised and well structured healthcare system
  • Renowned as one of the friendliest countries in the world
  • Salary packages can be generous
  • Life is built around family

Negatives:

  • Canadian winters can make it impossible to leave the house in some parts of the country
  • Can feel remote in areas like Newfoundland
  • Income tax

New Zealand

Positives:

  • Ranks at the top of quality life indexes
  • There will be little culture shock
  • Similar climate to Western Europe
  • Excellent working conditions
  • They value the contribution made by medics

Negatives:

  • It can feel very remote, like in some parts of Australia
  • Salaries aren’t world leading

Saudi Arabia

Positives: 

  • Has some of the highest, tax-free salaries in the world
  • Recent investment has seen hospitals and other infrastructure greatly improved 

Negatives:

  • Culture shock can be a big issue
  • Country is governed by religion
  • The heat can be hard to handle for some people
  • The lifestyle takes a lot to adapt to

UAE

Positives: 

  • Wages are high and tax-free
  • Facilities are amongst the best in the world 
  • Investment remains high
  • Plenty to see and do
  • Dubai built on immigration so culture shock is minimal 

Negatives:

  • The country is so modern, it can feel superficial
  • Temperatures in summer can reach 45°C and that can be difficult to deal with 
  • The cost of living is high and it is set to rise 


Once you have decided on which country will suit you best for a working and living environment, more research into the country will be required to really make sure it’s the place for you. You may also want to decide how long you want to be in the country for whether it be short term or long term. This will also help you decide which country is best for you. 

Things to look up:

Language -  Does the country you are locating to speak your language? You may be able to do the basics but if you are dealing with bills and have to go into government buildings with paperwork then you may find it a bit tricky. 

Friends and family - Moving abroad can be difficult if you are not taking your family with you. It can feel quite lonely and making new friends might take some time. Consider taking your family along with you whether it be short or long term. 

Annual leave - You may want to check what the country’s minimal annual leave time period is so it gives you a rough idea of how long you can take off to go back home or go on holiday.

Religious and cultural rules - It is definitely worth knowing what the religious practices are of the country you are planning to move to. There may be an aspect of your lifestyle that is not accepted in the country so always check before you move. 

Bank accounts - Opening up a bank account in the country you have just moved to can be a bit of a pain, especially when you cannot speak the language. Check the steps that are required in your country of choice to open up a bank account.
 
Check out our latest job offers by registering with Odyssey today and you may be able to bag your dream job.