Mattinson Transport: Going the Extra Mile


Mattinson Transport: going the extra mile


I was lucky enough to grow up abroad until I was 12, my father worked for BP Solar and we lived in a number of different countries around the world. I was exposed to a huge variety of cultural changes and was fortunate to see parts of the world some people might never get to. I was also aware at a young age how difficult a change like this can be and some of the pitfalls of moving a family abroad.

My areas of expertise are in the Traffic and Transport industries and I have had a number of transport planners, economists and modellers asking me about opportunities in the Middle East, Australasia, Asia and North America. This has been in direct correlation to advertising of Transport consultant positions in both the Middle East and Australasia. An example of this is the $20 billion being spent in Australia. They are looking for skilled engineers and come over as there is a shortage of skill. When talking to these candidates they all kept asking the same questions, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to give you a basic start on what you have to do or be aware of whilst looking to work abroad. As well as a few other blogs that I have come across.


Choose the right region and employer

These are two of the biggest and key points, I have a family member who went through this 6 years ago when looking to relocate to Switzerland. They decided on the location because the company and work culture were important. It can be a very stressful change for you, but more importantly your family. You must do your research and be happy with potentially learning a language and adjusting to a culture you might not be used too. The right employer should help with this! They will cover the cost of relocation, including shipping costs, flights and depending on what visa you're on, will potentially help find your partner work too. Make sure you ask the questions to your potential new employer when it comes to understanding taxes, and rental arrangements.


Understand your visa conditions

I've put this second because without this, you will not even leave the airport. A visa can take longer than expected or stated. Depending on the immigration laws of the country you are moving to there could be a period of time between offer and the actual move, so you may have to wait months. Do not take this lightly, it's worth doing the research on government sites, talking to people including your new employer. The company supplying the visa will have all the information to provide you but if they don't that should raise alarm bells. Again, pick the right employer! You will have plenty of paperwork to fill out so you will become an expert by the end.


What about your family, friends and loved ones?

This is a big one. Do not underestimate the impact this decision will have on your family or partner. How will they cope with a big change? Check with them before you even start looking or interviewing. You will find that children will adapt with very little issues, even if they are in a foreign speaking country they will learn the language a lot quicker than you. Partners, on the other hand, can take more time to settle. The best way to go about this is to find out about the expat community! Expats generally stick together and provide a great way for people to ease themselves into their new surroundings. If you are single then expats community is a little daunting, I would suggest getting a flatmate and throwing yourself into the culture and joining groups and clubs.


Does your job fit into your life plan?

This is an interesting question, I ask it because I had a candidate say "I'm sick of the weather here, I want some sun" my response was "are you sure you don't want a holiday?" Turns out that is exactly what they did. They ended up going travelling for a year. So, ask yourself a few questions:

- What do you want to achieve from change?

- Are you looking for a better working/life balance?

- Are you hoping to stay indefinitely, settling down and starting a brand new life?

Really be tough on yourself answer the difficult questions as it's these that will cause you problems in the long term.


Look at this as an exciting new start

It can often feel like you're in a rut when your job and life are so repetitive. It's very positive to embrace change, it can be scary, it can be a hard thing to do, but if it's right for you then embrace it. A big change is a great way to kick-start a flagging career, this can be moving abroad or moving to another part of the country.

Lastly, always do your research first, you don't want to end up coming back out of pocket and tail between your legs because you were underprepared and didn't think it through.

These are a couple of websites that I have forwarded on to candidates in the past who are looking to make the move internationally:

GregYou can find me on LinkedIn and if you need any advice please feel free to reach out to me for any Transport sector recruitment queries.

I joined Mattinson Partnership in late 2016 as a Senior Consultant with a background in hospitality and financial services recruitment. I'm well-versed in the nuances of a myriad of different industries, including media, consumer and hospitality, along with the talents specific to them. With 12 years of experience within challenging industries, I now aim to provide a unique approach to recruitment within the Energy and Transport sectors. In the weekends you'll find me playing rugby and cycling.

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