Where to play

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  • Language: Which languages are you fluent in? Try to leverage these to make your life easier
  • Economy:
    ○ Job opportunities: Are businesses hiring? Turn on your LinkedIn alerts and scan the market
    ○ Disposable income: Will you be better off financially? What is the average salary in your field? What will be your cost of living? What would be your take-home pay after taxes?
    ○ Currency: Will you be paid in a reliable currency that holds value over time?
  • Visa/workforce restrictions: What permissions do you need to work in that market? Check whether businesses sponsor ex-pats
  • Family and friends: How long would it take you to fly home in case of an emergency? What is the time difference? How much does it cost to return home? Do you know anyone in your new destination?
  • Location: Do you enjoy that particular climate? Does the landscape (e.g. nature/city) suit your interests?
  • Culture: Are the key values of that society aligned to yours?
  • Healthcare: Can you afford to get sick?
  • Safety: Can you walk around safely? Can you trust the authorities?
  1. We wanted to leverage the fact that we are fluent in Spanish and English, and therefore we considered places with either of these as native languages
  2. The Australian market had a strong and growing economy, and based on job listings there was a shortage of people with the business skills we had developed, which meant we could be in high demand
  3. Bain & Company had an office in Sydney, and there were a few working-visa options
  4. We are both passionate about being outdoors and having close contact with nature, ocean and forests in particular, which automatically ruled out many desirable but inland areas
  5. It is literally on the opposite side of the world to Spain, but technology makes it really easy to communicate nowadays and we had a few friends living there
  6. Australia is famous worldwide for its work-life balance
  7. Marc had previously been to Australia on holidays and loved it

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This is Candela & Marc writing from Down Under. We share ideas we debate amongst ourselves, putting our thoughts in order and hopefully helping others

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