Relocation: how to (literally) make a career move

One of my colleagues told me that when she was living in Singapore and recently engaged she and her fiance decided to move to the UK.

She liked her job but went to resign given that she would be moving away. Her boss was a bit shocked and asked her if she would consider putting in for a transfer instead. She had not really thought about it before but she put in a request, which was accepted. After many years, she is still with the same company today.

In my own case, I also moved from the US to the UK for a relationship. While the relationship did not work out, it was good for my career. I’ve even become a British citizenship. Lots of people dream of living in another country even just for a little while,
but the realities of relocation can be difficult at times. You might need to learn a new language or start your career from scratch. It just might be worth it though. You’ll never know until you pack up and go.

Find out about visa requirements

If you want to move somewhere new, it is important to think about the legal requirements to get there. Find out what you would need to do. Whether you move through work, or on your own, knowing the law will help you a lot.

Can your work sponsor you?

If you work for a multinational organisation you might be able to apply for a work transfer. There are also some organisations, such as universities or government bodies for example, where there are exchange opportunities. Take one to two hours to research programmes.

Consider your education

Do you want to go back to school to improve your qualifications? Studying abroad is not just for young people. This could be a good time to get your MA or MBA in a new country. Just ensure that the degree you get is valid and recognised back at home.

Time for a sabbatical

Many companies offer the opportunity to take a sabbatical once you have reached a certain point in your career. This is time for you to enjoy time away and do something different. You can probably find details in your employee handbook, so grab a snack and start reading the fine print.

There are lots of ideas out there to get you where you want to go. It won’t happen overnight but by checking with work and looking into basic immigration requirements, you’ll be on your way.

About the author

Joy Adams is a blogger and one of WATCs 2015 Rising Stars. She is a British-American businesswoman who has worked in both the public and private sectors in the US and UK. Joy currently serves on the Advisory Board for Vital Voices Europe, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing women leaders. She also writes a lifestyle blog for budding philanthropists and art collectors at

The Workher blog is all about taking your work life to the next level with practical tips and details on the latest news about pay, progression, and opportunities.





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