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Jan 2, 2013

Working Abroad: A Learning Experience

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Working abroad always seems to be a lucrative option for individuals across the globe, from a career perspective it’s a golden opportunity. It provides an impetus to your career, adds value to your CV, enhances your profile and sends out a clear signal to the employers that you are a go getter and are adaptable to any situation.

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Though, at first it may be difficult for an individual to leave the comforts of a known place and settle somewhere, which is completely unfamiliar. Many individuals actually ponder a lot before taking such a step, weigh its pros and cons, but let me assure you that though the decision may be life changing it will only benefit you and help in your personal and professional development.

There are many benefits of working abroad. It helps you grow as an individual and makes you ready to face any situation and handle them tactfully. Working abroad not only increases your remuneration manifolds, it also has several other benefits. Working in an alien condition throws up major challenges everyday and I am even not talking about the work related issues here. Commuting, what to eat for lunch, making new friends, searching for a place to live, remembering the routes are some of the common problem faced by expats, but these problems are belittled by the excitement and adventures that comes with settling in a new countries. There is so much to learn and discover while you are in a new country, there is so much to explore that the experience can only enrich you.

While you are in new country you can try out so many things. You can learn their culture, try to learn a new language, listen to new kind of music, go around the city and get yourself acquainted with the place, visit places of historical importance. You can read a lot not only about the place but any kind of literature. You can try things which you were conscious about while you were in your own country thinking about other people’s reaction. You can let go of your inhibitions and try and something new and practice it.

The best way to mingle with strangers is speaking to them, try to know them and since you are coming from an alien nation you can tell them many stories about your place, you can also learn from them. The idea here is not to be lonely during the initial phase, go to a bar, enjoy the music, watch a play in a theater, hone your culinary skills (you can actually surprise yourself), the sooner you will acclimatize to a place the more confident you will feel about it.

You should always keep in mind some factors before you decide to move to a new country. You should always a keep a countries economy in mind before you go there, make a detailed analysis of current and future economic condition and forecast of the country, keep a tab on the political situation of the country, always be abreast with health related issues of the country, know about its weather conditions and try to learn about the countries culture before you visit the country.

Different countries have different rules about work visas, we should have a sneak peek at Australia working visa and Canada working visa:

Australia Working Visa

If you want to work in Australia, you should have one of the following working visas:

1)      Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS): The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) enables employers to sponsor highly skilled workers to fill the spots they are not able to fill through Australian labor market.

2)      Skilled- Independent Permanent Visa 189: A permanent visa is for people, with skills in demand, in the Australian labor market. Applicants are not sponsored and this visa is granted through a Points Based System.

3)      Skilled Nominated Permanent Visa 190: The Skilled- Nominated Permanent Visa, visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent work visa for individuals who have the qualifications or skills that are needed by Australia and their occupation is listed in SOL (Skilled Occupation List), but cannot meet the pass mark required to obtain a Skilled Independent visa.

4)      457 Visa: A program for employers to sponsor approved skilled workers to work in Australia on a temporary visa. Employers can nominate a number of positions for different occupations under the same sponsorship application. This visa is for employers who would like to employ overseas workers to fill nominated skilled positions in Australia.

5)      Skilled- Recognized Graduate Visa 476: This visa allows recent Engineering graduates of selected overseas universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in occupations in demand in Australia. An 18 month temporary visa for Engineering graduates of recognized overseas educational institutions, possessing skills in demand in Australia. There is no points test for this visa.

6)      Skilled Regional Provisional Visa 489: This visa is a three year provisional visa for skilled workers who are unable to meet the criteria for a Skilled – Independent visa. You will have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency after you have lived for two years and worked at least 12 months in a Specified Regional Area of Australia.

7)      Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: Regional Sponsored Migration Visa is a way for Australian employers located in regional or low population areas to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia.

Canada Working Visa

If you want to work in Canada, you should have one of these working visas:

1)      Canada Federal Skilled Workers Program: This program is for those individuals who want to migrate to Canada and possess skills which suit the Canada labor market and can add value to the Canadian economy.

2)      Canada Work Permit: Canada work permit makes provision for working in Canada without the need to undergo a point’s based assessment. In order to work in Canada on a temporary basis, foreign skilled workers must have an offer of employment from a Canadian employer and be granted a Labor Market Opinion by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

3)      Canada Low Level Skill Work Permit: The Low level Skill work permit allows temporary entry of foreign workers into National Occupational Classification (NOC) with only low level skills. Low skill level positions usually require a high school diploma or job-specific training.

4)     Quebec – Selected Skilled Workers Visa: Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec (Canada).Québec welcomes immigrants with their know-how, skills, language, culture and religion. Québec provides services to help them integrate and participate fully in Québec society.