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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 them.

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.