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Say Yes to Relocation!

RELOCATING to a new place is as good as embarking on a new way of life. What will it take to get there from here? Do you know enough about the place you are headed for? Here go some of the key factors you'd like to consider whilst on the move.

One fine afternoon your boss calls you into his cabin and asks you to join the company's overseas/outstation branch. You're given a very good raise and also told that your new job would have loads of potential in the future. Now, you're supposed to think about it over the weekend and tell him your decision early on the first day of next week. What will you do?

Many employees encounter such not so uncommon scenarios at workplace. Undoubtedly, too many questions start crossing your mind. You've heard that the place you're transferred to is good enough to live but quite expensive at the same time. Will the raise you are given take care of your needs there? What will your property taxes be like? What about your spouse's job? What about the kids' schooling? Will they like it there? What about your own job likings? What would be the impact on your career if you said `no' to this transfer now? And so on.

Now is the time to do some real soul-searching and discuss it with your family.

Know your priorities

Given the fact that your home and career life are firmly planted, it's worth asking yourself the following questions before moving on for the sake your career.

Is the position offered more beneficial for your family with respect to income and other benefits?

Will this position help you considerably in furthering your career or not?

Will your kids be able to get along with your relocation?

How beneficial is that part of the country for your family to move?

Will your spouse be able to find a job there?

What's the bottom line? Will you gain or lose by this relocation?

In case of an international relocation, it takes a great deal of time and effort to coordinate. Jetting off to foreign climes is dearer. So, do your homework first. It'll definitely take more than a road map and a full tank of gas! Try to know as much as possible about the country you're headed for. You'll also be facing big lists of things to do as you prepare for your global move. You might want to consider the following suggestions before boarding the aircraft.

Family concerns - Analyse how'll everyone adjust to the new country and its culture. What special considerations should you make for your children? What about your dear pet?

Sort out your paperwork - It's high time you started getting all your personal, financial, legal and tax affairs in order.

Deciding on the place you live - Decide on how to go about home searching; whether to rent or buy one? Also, think beforehand how to go about choosing a school suitable for your kids' needs.

What to carry along - Discuss with your family and decide on what to take along and what to leave behind. Consider factors like how well do computers and electronics go and how suitable are they for your destination? Should you take your car or buy a new one; and will you need an International Driving Permit for that?

Health and insurance - Ensure what to expect of the health services where you're headed for and what insurance arrangements you need to make for medical and other coverage.

Be prepared for culture shock

Unless you are a veteran in international relocation, you might find this time very unsettling. If your assignment is to a country where the culture and language are similar to that of yours, you might find it very easy to settle. However, this might not be the case all the time. Moving to a country with an unfamiliar culture and a different language may pose more evident everyday confronts, including simple communication. So, be armed with good information ahead of time and the tools to overcome these hurdles. Before you leave, try to consult those who have been on similar overseas assignments. Ask your friends and colleagues for their share of experiences to deal with the initial stress of relocating.

Post relocation

Get to know the nearby police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations

Explore shopping areas in the vicinity

Look out for new service providers such as bank, cleaners and veterinarian, etc.

Provide your new doctor with your entire medical history. If required, request your file from your previous doctor/dentist

Remember to transfer your insurance policies to an agent in the new community. If necessary, make a detailed list of all your belongings, their value and your coverage so far

Regardless of the outlet chosen, all it takes to develop friendship is by making sincere efforts to reach out and get involved. Make the most of your new experience!

ROOPA HEGDE

Roopa.hyd@cnkonline.com

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