Q&A Project Management Careers: Working in another Country

“I’m going to be moving to another country later in the year and I’m concerned about how to find a new job quickly. Any advice?”

There are some things you can already be doing in advance of the move and that is researching your new market. You will already be able to get a sense of the types of roles available and what the expectation is in terms of knowledge and experiences required. Start by viewing the job boards that advertise roles as well as prominent organizations in that country that hire project managers.

Next, contact PMI and find out about chapters in the country you’re going to be moving to. Luckily for you, PMI is a global organization so there will be representation there. The great thing about this is as soon as you land you will have access to the local project management community – enabling you to acclimatize quickly. You may even consider volunteering, which would work wonders in helping you build a network quickly.

The nearer you get to the move date; you can also start applying for positions in your new country. The recruitment process can sometimes be a long process so there is no harm in starting yours early. This will also allow you to start gaining some feedback on the recruitment process in your new country which can be used to readjust your approach for the next opportunity you apply for.

*Previously published in PMI’s PM Network magazine


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  1. As an Expat of some 30+ years now, what this person is trying to do is pretty much insane…..

    First, unlike the USA where anyone who crosses the border can work, most countries have VERY strict visas which PROHIBIT you from getting work. Depending on the country, if you get caught working illegally, you can very well find yourself in prison.

    IF you want to get work in a foreign country, the BEST way is to get a job with a multi-national company in your HOME COUNTRY and then get an assignment in a foreign country as an Expat. Keep in mind that if you work for a multi-national company, they are bound by employer-employee laws in their home country, so you have some protection. If you happen to get hired by a LOCAL company (which has happened to me on several occasions) you are at the mercy of that company and the local labor laws.

    Once you do get a foreign assignment, AND you have legal working papers to be in that country, THEN and only then can you start to look around at other opportunities but believe me, this approach is NOT for everyone.

    Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia


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