Labour migration: Asking yourself the right questions

Today, labour migration represents a real opportunity when thinking about your career. With the hope of living an enriching experience in another country or with the objective of building a real life for yourself there long term, there are certain questions you should ask yourself about expatriation that you shouldn’t try to answer alone.

More and more Europeans master and speak several languages. According to a study on multilingualism by the Federal Service Economy, 44% of Belgians between 15 and 64 master at least two foreign languages. Other studies show that more and more young people dream of relocating or wish to live a part of their life abroad.

According to a VivaVoice 2013 study for W&Cie, 38% of French people would like to live elsewhere than France, these numbers apply mostly to young people. It’s quite clear today that there is a trend in the making that is growing rapidly. Is it a consequence of the crisis? Not only; it seems that young people have a more optimistic image of Europe compared to the rest of the population and they don’t hesitate to anticipate the European future anymore.

The Erasmus programme, which allows thousands of students throughout Europe to go on exchange every year has encouraged this trend by allowing young people to create ties other than just academic or professional ones.

Amongst other professionals, the trend also exists although it is less obvious. The candidates are mostly young active members of society who don’t yet have a family.

If relocation represents a new, interesting perspective, it is also a synonym of apprehension because it is entails personal, social and professional adaptation. He who wishes to do so is generally conscious of the difficulties they may encounter but are they aware of what this motivation means in order to be able to face it? Being conscious of the motivation and its significance will allow them to better face the difficulties to come.

A personal analysis with the help of our counsellors will help bring the real motivation to light and make the person really question themselves. A structured exchange with a professional will bring the strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities of the expatriation project to light thanks to a proper methodology. Thinking about these things improves and optimises the conditions and chances of success.

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