Construction Jobs Abroad
Preparing for Overseas Employment
Because of the numerous opportunities in construction employment abroad, so many people are seriously
thinking about moving away from their home countries -- temporarily or permanently -- to get a new job.
In fact, at least one survey shows that as much as 80% of workers are considering leaving their homes to apply
for a new job. Looking for overseas work vacancies is much easier nowadays, thanks to the Internet. And if you look
at the online job boards or the websites of recruitment agencies, you will see many listings for international jobs
in the construction industry.
Where are the Best Places to Work Abroad for International Jobs in Construction?
For people with experience in the building industry, areas like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, to name just
two, are among the most popular locations. This is because the global economic recession doesn't seem to have as
drastic an impact on these areas' construction activity compared to that of some other countries.
While it's true that real estate development has slowed down from its breakneck pace of a few years ago in Dubai
or Abu Dhabi, there is still a healthy number of openings there for carpenter jobs, project management jobs, and
the like. People who are seriously thinking about finding construction jobs overseas should at least consider how
working in these countries can help their career growth.
Two other nations that offer exciting career prospects in construction are Australia and New Zealand. The chance
to work in these countries is made even more attractive by the high wages that jobs like project or engineering
management tend to offer.
Preparing Yourself for Overseas Construction Employment
The labour turnover rate in the international construction industry is very high, with many workers lasting only
a few months at their job before moving to another location or going back home. This is because a large number of
people do not prepare themselves adequately for working and living abroad.
So you really need to think about several major factors and whether or not you can live with them, before you
decide to leave your home to work in construction elsewhere.
If you have a family, for instance, keep in mind that construction industry employers usually provide
accommodations only for their workers and not their dependents. If you decide to bring your family, you will have
to spend some of your earnings -- or perhaps a large part of it -- on housing and other living expenses for
For another thing, working conditions may not be similar to the ones you are used to. You might have to do
more rigorous work, and for longer hours. The climate might be hotter or colder than you are used to, which could
affect your job performance and your enthusiasm for your work.
Chances are you will also find yourself interacting every day with people from various cultures all over the
world. While this can be an enriching experience personally, it can also be a breeding ground for misunderstanding
and personality clashes -- especially if it happens between you and your boss.
Working abroad in any industry has its ups and downs. You would do well to take a page from the book of
successful expat workers and learn to appreciate the positives in order to lessen the impact of the negatives.
If you prepare yourself adequately for the challenges of working overseas, you become better equipped to work in
construction jobs abroad more successfully.