Survival tips for executives moving offshore

(Source: Trade New Zealand)

1.Ensure full family support for the move.
2.Expect to go through cycle of initial euphoria (up to three months) followed by cultural shock (a further three months).
3. Make prior visit and if that’s not possible have video and reports made.
4. Ensure you’ll be met at the airport, and have your accommodation already sorted. Stay in house versus hotel.
5. Carry familiar or special belongings with you to have sense of home and continuity.
6. Ensure there are people in the host country who can help you make the transition.
7. Plan for language training (if appropriate) on arrival.
8. Have schooling and partner’s work arranged before you leave.
9. Start considering options following your return.
10. Leave week’s free time before your departure.

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