As an overseas contract worker, you are in an enviable position. You are earning more money than if you had stayed at home, better experience than your peers, and the chance to travel the world while working. That’s not to say that your life is all roses. You’re more likely to have left your friends and family behind, and once your contract ends, there’s the possibility that your tenure is also finito. Just like all workers, though, you need to thrive in your chosen path, but with all the pressure that being an overseas contract worker entails.
How to Thrive as an Overseas Contract Worker
Expand Your Skill Sets
It’s very easy to take for granted all the comforts of home. You can ask your Mom to cook for you, your Dad to repair things for you, and your sister to explain computer-speak for you. You would need to learn how to do these things now. Not only do you need to expand your skill sets at home, you also need to do these at work. It’s a career advantage for you to acquire expertise beyond your job description. Another way is to master something that you can profit from. I earned extra money by repairing computers for friends, while my cousin did mani-pedis while waitressing in Dubai.
Working as an overseas contract worker doesn’t mean that you have to put your nose into the grindstone all the time. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Explore and be a traveler. You don’t need to travel far and wide, you already are working in a foreign country. Another cousin of mine loved to hike, and she found a hiking club in Dubai, of all places. I thought all along that that place was all flat and sand. You can also connect with people who share the same interests. Find your happiness but remember that your attitude counts a lot.
There are a lot of challenges that you will face as an overseas contract worker. The most common issues are troubling news from home. There will be a lot of it and it’s emotionally taxing. In order to thrive, you have to rise above them. Is it a thing that you can change? Can you control it? If you can do something about it, do so. If it’s outside your control, or something that you cannot do anything about, let go.