How to move abroad
What I would say to friends who ask me for tips.
This is a paying-subs-only post that is a continuation of the previous about moving abroad:
Everything you're about to read is generalised from the experience I had when planning my move abroad. Since this is not drawing from anyone else's experience, the sample size is one. Act accordingly! That’s the first thing I’d say, even to a friend.
Also, I have trouble saying that I'm advising if I don't know you personally and haven't written something just for you, so please don't consider this advice. Rather, I'd like you to think of this as a general list of good things to think about as you formulate your unique approach.
Think of all the possible paths that you could take to get to your desired city/town. Talk to childhood friends, school friends, friends of friends, family, etc... see what comes up. Google and Reddit "moving abroad." Get some ideas from this post and the previous one.
If you want to maximise your chances of moving abroad, I think you'd do well investing in a tech career. I majored in Environmental Studies at university and switched to a tech career after attending a 3-months programming bootcamp. (If you're considering this, read my post about what the learning experience is like.) To get a sense of how important this is: around 90 per cent of the non-Berliners I know in Berlin moved here via a career in tech (engineering, marketing, data science, customer success, technical specialist, UX, founding). I can't speak for the relocating potential of any other fields.
Get creative with getting your foot in the door of companies to interview. I made a multi-week trip to San Francisco just to meet up with university students from my alma mater (NUS!) who were there working at startups as part of our entrepreneurship program. I pitched a free Programming for Beginners workshop for these folks through the program office, and when the workshop was over, I asked each of the 10 people who showed up about their companies and if they were hiring. That also gave me the excuse to meet the handful of entrepreneurship program managers to ask for referrals. I smile when I think back on this time because of how fun it was to try and seize the day and convert latent energy to opportunity. Plus I got to visit Yosemite National Park!