More Travel Tips For Business Rookies
Welcome back to our article series aimed to give you insight on your move overseas! Just to cite our credentials a little bit, I started my post college career on the road. My first gig was an entry level position in customer service in Tulsa, after that i went directly into lower management in Northern Virginia. From there it was off to middle regional management in Seattle and from there I have hit the Philippines, Vietnam and most parts of Southeast Asia while i built my career and my business resume.
Just 6 short years have passed and I now am the head of marketing for an international firm in California. I feel that my travels around the globe have given me the knowledge necessary to give you very useful tips and insights as you get ready to head off into the wild blue yonder.
For the most part, this “advice article” is entirely aimed at people who are planning to work overseas or very far away from home in a land that they know very little about. Quite a few of my pieces of advice might sound downright immature, but i have seen so many “fresh out of college” business people fall for these easily avoidable pitfalls on many occasions.
1.) Never be that guy that assumes he knows the conversion ratios and local tax codes inside out. Make sure you study all financial details when it comes to your paycheck. Obviously, most people tend to giggle and roll their eyes when I make the following suggestions, with that said, I have witnessed quite a few co-workers break down in tears because they thought they had taken a high paying job only to realize the local tax was triple on worker/foreign workers, so make sure to do the proper conversion math. I once witnessed a colleague leave an 80K a year job only to make a monthly salary that was less than 700 US dollars.
2.) Do not assume anything about working privileges on different types of Visas. No matter what your are told over the phone, make sure that you see the Visa stamp in your passport before you head off to a foreign country, in fact, double checking with a consulate is the safest route to take.
3.) Don’t be that guy. Well, what I mean is don’t think you can simply figure out your mode of transportation out when you get there. You should absolutely carry out an adequate amount of background research. In many countries, having a car does not make sense due to the cost of vehicle, insurance, et cetera.
If you are that one guy that ends up trying to figure out transportation on your first day, trust me, you are on a one way train to getting lost, being late, and probably getting fired. Unless you speak the local language, odds are, you will end up lost a ton unless you have done due diligence.
Also, parking is ridiculous in most major cities, not just foreign ones. Take into consideration that with the exception of the occasional airport limo, using a taxi cab or a limo service will drain whatever paycheck you are being paid.
For whatever reason, city Metro rails are usually the most direct and affordable way of transportation. They have a set schedule, you don’t have to deal with absurd prices, it is nearly impossible to get lost after a few trial runs, and you can minimize your role in navigation. Make sure to Google a few different maps of the city too, as it would be wise to live near work or near the metro rail.
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