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ryansoldat Offline
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Questions for expats
Hi everybody,

I would like to hear real story and experience about people who quit everything job, family and maybe girlfriend for start a new life abroad.

Those question came in my mind but you can also put more intel of course Wink

- What was your first motivation for quit your country ?
=> Where do you come from ?

- What was your age when u left your country ?

- Which country did you choose and why ?

- Approximatively how much did you need for stay in this country and let you some time to find a job and place to live properly ?

- What the security amount of money you think is require when you didn't dig much before leaving (job, house etc...) ?


- Will you come back to your country someday (or hell never again) ?


- What do you miss the most in your country ? (or not)


- Was it hard to find a job in this country ?
==> Did you start your own business or company job ?


- What kind of job is easliy to find in the country you went to ?


- Any advice for people who would like to work abroad ?


- The to do list before leaving the great adventure ?


I would like to say thanks to everyone who will share their own experience it might help me and people who are looking for intel about working and leaving abroad in the country you are living in. Angel






PS : (if this thread already exist but since i didn t find it please delete it)


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06-03-2014 04:44 AM
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RE: Questions for expats
Planning on leaving France? I would, lol.

ryansoldat Wrote:- What was your first motivation for quit your country ?

Dude, it was Russia. Dah? It was early 2000s, the worst time right after USSR collapsed. All the yanks here don't really comprender what they are getting themselves into when they go like "Russian chicks are hot, let's go to Russia". Good luck, boys.

ryansoldat Wrote:=> Where do you come from ?

Born and bred in the USSR, came from Russian Federation.

ryansoldat Wrote:- What was your age when u left your country ?

29

ryansoldat Wrote:- Which country did you choose and why ?

Australia. Weather, beaches, kangaroos, easy immigration and citizenship in two year (this stuff is not that easy anymore).

If you are French, you'll like it here. There's a big French community here in Maroubra where I live now. Maroubra Beach is like a little Europe. French, Italian, Greek, Russian, etc...

ryansoldat Wrote:- Approximatively how much did you need for stay in this country and let you some time to find a job and place to live properly ?

I rented a flat on the day on my arrival. Didn't even had to spent a single night in the hotel. The power of online community. The guys meet me at the airport and they new the landlord who desperately needed to rend a one bedda quick.

I found the job in two weeks and started working in a month after my arrival.

ryansoldat Wrote:- What the security amount of money you think is require when you didn't dig much before leaving (job, house etc...) ?

I came with approximately AU$5000 in cash which I borrowed in Russia and needed to pay back quick (you know, Russia mafia and stuff, they get you anywhere in the world).

ryansoldat Wrote:- Will you come back to your country someday (or hell never again) ?

Been back a couple of times. Only as a tourist, mate, only as a tourist.

ryansoldat Wrote:- What do you miss the most in your country ? (or not)

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

ryansoldat Wrote:- Was it hard to find a job in this country ?
==> Did you start your own business or company job ?

No and yes. I am co-founder of a digital marketing company.

ryansoldat Wrote:- What kind of job is easliy to find in the country you went to ?

Software developer (especially boring corporate Java stuff). You get paid more than average aussie fresh off the boat.


ryansoldat Wrote:- Any advice for people who would like to work abroad ?

Don't. Better start and run a "digital nomad" friendly business.

ryansoldat Wrote:- The to do list before leaving the great adventure ?

Sorry, I don't speak French, so I didn't get this one, lol.
06-03-2014 06:03 AM
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RE: Questions for expats
Thanks captain, well i think Australia is more friendly than Russia Wink

For the last one :

- The to do list before leaving the great adventure ?

It's something like : What would you advice to do before leaving everything behind ?

Yeah one of my friend left in Sydney few month ago and i kinda understand why.

Our country start to be something .... really bad.
06-03-2014 07:50 AM
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RE: Questions for expats
As someone who has lived in a bunch of different countries, I have a couple pieces of advice for you to consider before you make the jump over.

1. Consider exchange-rates and costs of living. If you can make money in one currency (usually dollars, pounds, or euros) and have your expenses in another currency (Thai Baht, Russian Roubles, South African Rand, Mexican Pesos, Argentinian dollars, etc.) you can often live a killer lifestyle. If you've set up a location-independent source of cashflow and can afford to live in France, you can live like a king in most developing world economies. Arbitrage hasn't leveled the prices in all locales yet, and typically if you can make first world salary while living in the third world, you can live like a king. Paris, London, New York, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, etc are expensive. You know what's not expensive? Bangkok. Manilla. Cape Town. You get the point.

2. If you are at least somewhat senior in a large, multinational company, ask your higher ups if there are any opportunities to move to the office abroad. Often companies have sweet expatriate packages, and you'll live like a king. We're talking house paid for. Chef paid for. Private driver paid for. Your relocation costs paid for. You will often get what you're making at home plus some, often in a country where each dollar goes a lot further than it did at home. All you have to do is go through the 'pain and hardship' of relocating to a foreign country. If you're high enough up, all you have to do is ask most of the time. Obviously not everyone gets an expat package and YMMV, but this is the jackpot if you have to be a corporate wage slave.

3. If you don't have a business or can't do your current western-world job from somewhere else then at least try to land something before you go. Visas are typically a lot easier to get if you already have a job vs. if you need to get one while you're there, and if it doesn't work out you can always just quit your job and look for another one. Also lets you have some idea of your cashflow, and provides some stability.

4. Don't get an apartment until you go. Unless you've been there before and generally know your way around, don't get an apartment. Get a centrally located hotel room for a week, talk to people, figure out where you're working and where you want to live, and then apartment hunt. It's virtually impossible in my experience to get a good apartment in a good location for a good price ready to move in the day you get there anyways.

5. Have some longer-term mission. Maybe you want to start a business. Maybe you just want a better life for yourself. Whatever it is, know what it is you're doing, have quantitative goals.

If you're young, I highly recommend living abroad. Find something you're good at, and make the jump. Whatever it is, they probably need them somewhere else too. Even african warlords need accountants, you know.
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