Very often I get messages on Instagram asking me if it's easy to find a job in Australia, if it's easy to find an apartment, if it's easy to make friends, and if it's easy to earn money. I am still surprised by these questions, which in my opinion do not mean much. What do you mean by easy? My answer to this type of questions is always the same: in life, nothing is really easy, it depends on your attitude, your willpower, your determination and the efforts you are willing to make to achieve your goal(s). It is not realistic to hope to find a job easily and to earn good money if you do not speak English for example.
When we decide to go live overseas the word easy is no longer part of our vocabulary. It's not easy to:
In my opinion, the real question to ask then is: Is it worth it? And my answer is a big YES!
Discovering a new culture. The key to making the most of this adventure is to be curious. If you are judgemental and/or constantly comparing things with your home country you will most likely miss the best of your adventure.
Learning a new language. It is essential to be a part of your new country, to make new friends and to find a job. The sooner you speak the local language the sooner you will find a balance in your new life, and It is also important for your self-confidence.
Discovering a new country. After three years in Australia, I am still excited to discover new places with new landscapes. Recently I went to the West Coast. I discovered a new side of Australia, wilder, with a lot of aboriginal tribes which was a contrast with the East Coast and especially Brisbane where there are not many aboriginals It is always a nice feeling to explore your new home country.
Having an open mind. It is an important key to integrate in your new country. Avoiding judgment and comparison with your home country is the best way to take full advantage of what your new country has to offer, but also to avoid the feeling of frustration. You can repeat to yourself every single day that food is better in France than in Australia but this will not solve the problem, it will only create more frustration, that’s it.
Getting out of your comfort zone You could ask me but what does it really mean to get out of your comfort zone? Getting out of your comfort zone is to learn the local language, to make new friends from different countries, to find a job, to learn about your new country, to start new activities… There are so many expats who recreate exactly the same life they had in France but on the other side of the world. In my opinion, this is not what expatriation is. Getting out of your comfort zone requires courage and a minimum of self-confidence to fully embrace your new life.
Meeting extraordinary people from all over the world. Expatriation allowed me to meet people from Australia of course but also from South America, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand It's just incredible to discover so many new cultures, to eat country delicacies of which I had never heard of and to learn basic words in new languages.
Enjoying your home country just for holidays. Since I moved to Australia, I have tried to come back to France once a year. I appreciate France as a tourist now for its good aspects such as cheeses, champagne, and its culture.
And having the freedom to discover yourself. In my opinion, this is the most important aspect of this article. Expatriation is a great way to learn about yourself. Far away from your family, your friends, the society in which you always have lived and far from its preconceived ideas, norms, expectations, and beliefs that this society has placed in your subconscious since you were a child, you are finally free to choose for yourself. You are free to take the time to find yourself. The distance allows us to be who we really want to be. For me, expatriation has allowed me to do things for myself and by myself. I no longer have to meet the expectations of my loved ones and my family, which has allowed me to spread my wings and become the best version of myself.
So for all you guys who are still hesitating, I only have one word to tell you: GO FOR IT! As you have understood, the word easy is not part of the adventure, and yet expatriation is an incredible adventure, which deserves to be lived at least once in the lifetime. Keep in mind that expatriation is a lot of organization but also a lot of improvisation. You can not control everything before leaving, you will have to manage some things on the go like, for example, finding a job if you are not sent overseas by your current company. My role as a life coach specialized in expatriation is to help you in all these steps so do not hesitate to contact me, you can reach me by Instagram @expatinfinity/, Facebook ( expatinfinitycoaching/ ) or by email. I also recently launched monthly newsletter!