The Young Person's Guide to Moving Abroad
Adventure or Bust!
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Constantly on Reddit's IWantOut community, Yahoo! Answers or, if they're a bit clued in, in expat forms, I see variations of the following question: I would mainly like to move to germany but I am wanting to move to Europe and learn fashion design. I don't know what sort of job I can get over there being so young and not speaking another language. I don't feel at home in the USA and finaly did in europe and I have to go back ! what should I do? I call these fairy tale posts.
To figure out how to move to another country, you have to take stock of what you skills you possess which might help to make this happen. Here's the typical profile of people making fairy tale posts: No life experience
No work experience
No language skills
This does not bode well for your chances, but you might, just might have the one skill necessary to pull this off: determination.
To start with, read Why you'll say "no" to living abroad. I consider this the foundation post of this blog because it's critical to understanding the process. You have to make sure that you can seize any opportunity which comes along (this doesn't mean you should take any opportunity).
The very first thing you need to do is apply for your passport. If you don't have a passport, you're not serious about moving abroad. If you can't be bothered to get a passport, you may as well stop reading.
The second thing you need to do is take stock of your life and stop doing anything which might land you in legal trouble. Of course, that's a very personal decision, but if you wind up with a criminal record, your limited chances of living abroad are approaching zero. Maybe you don't think the government should outlaw drugs, but your personal beliefs are meaningless when another country sees you have a drug conviction. You need to decide what's more important to you.
The third thing you need to do is...
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