Okay, it's really happened... I moved to Australia! When I told people that I was heading across the world to live abroad, I always got the same question: "WHY?!" That is a complicated question to put into a quick elevator-pitch-style answer. My short answer is, "WHY NOT?!" Keep reading to find out why I think you should move abroad too!
1. NOBODY LIKES F.O.M.O.
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, & the decisions we waited too long to make."
Yep, that's right - I just dropped a quote. The Fear Of Missing Out (or F.O.M.O) is the perfect motivator to get out of your comfort zone. I strongly believe in living without regrets, and the only way to do so is to take risks and go after what you want without hesitation. Sometimes these chances we take don't work out the way we wanted them to, but that is all part of the adventure.
When it comes down to it, I would definitely regret not moving to Australia - who wants to look back on their life and talk about all the experiences they almost had? If you are thinking of moving abroad, ask yourself "what do you have to lose?" You can just come back home if you don't enjoy your experience - but at least you can say you did it.
2. A CHANGE OF PACE.
"Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what's even scarier? Regret."
Without a doubt, I am guilty of settling into a routine. Don't get me wrong, a little routine never hurt anyone, but don't forget to live a little! I remember the exact moment, sitting in my tiny one bedroom apartment, when I had my "Aha!" moment. I was online shopping for a new couch (and obviously a new rug to match). While I'm at it... I might as well buy new kitchen supplies too, you know - to get the free shipping, right? I caught myself doing this and thought, "WHAT AM I DOING! I am 25, my couch is perfectly fine, my kitchen is too small for those utensils, and I am currently stealing my internet because I can't afford wifi." This was my sign from the universe to change things up because I have far too much still to experience before I stress out over what couch colour works best with my decor.
I have always found that getting out of my comfort zone leads to my biggest and most fulfilling life adventures, and I always welcome a change of pace. Sometimes, you just need that wake-up call to see that you have settled into a routine that may be wonderful, but does it challenge you?
3. I'M A LOCAL NOW, RIGHT?
"New Home. New Adventures. New Memories."
Being in a new area comes with the perk of discovering new experiences and adventures within a fresh locale. Perhaps your new home base is close to other countries of interest that are now more attainable to check out. While I am in the Southern Hemisphere, I have plans to explore (and re-explore) tons of awesome Australian destinations, in addition to touring Asia and the South Pacific. Why not? It is all so close to me now that I don't have to take a million-hour-flight to get to these undiscovered regions.
4. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD.
"It is never too late to be who you might have been."
If there is one thing I know for sure, it's that international experience NEVER hurts on your resume. Being employed in your career field in varied locations not only means increased experience, but also new networking opportunities! I have had a blast working for a variety of different companies and it doesn't hurt that the salaries are WAY higher here than back in Canada! During my first week in Sydney, I headed into the CBD and introduced myself to as many design agencies as possible - like 15 a day sort of thing.
During my first week in Sydney, I headed into the CBD and introduced myself to as many design agencies as possible - like 15-companies-a-day sort of thing. I wasn't finding much luck scoring full-time design work through job applications... I was constantly getting rejected when I mentioned that I am visiting Australia on a working holiday visa. People with these visas have a bad reputation for being flakey and unreliable so I was immediately written off. Although this was frustrating, it led me to work in agencies and be contracted out to companies that need designers. More often then not, businesses will want to keep you after you have worked for them - Voila! you now have a full-time job!