We’ve all daydreamed about leaving our busy corporate life and the pressures of the rat race, to pack it all in a suitcase and escape it all.
But how does one actually peel off all the responsibilities of a high-level corporate position and really make it happen, without turning the entire company upside down?
Some people have such a fear of how much leaving their role would disrupt the peace of a company, that they let it paralyze them into holding them back from making the move towards the life abroad that they’ve always dreamed of doing.
Fear not, however. The world will keep spinning, and the sky will not fall. Leaving your high-level position for the open road is possible, with just a few preliminary steps.
You never know how long it will be before you can find a job to keep you afloat in your next destination. The best thing to do to avoid money stress is to save a nice cushion of as much as you can before you depart.
Set a goal for how much you can put aside per week, and stick religiously to that amount. Put it in an account that you won’t be tempted to touch. Make it a comfortable enough amount that you don’t feel deprived of your basic comforts in the meantime. Life is all about balance!
Give Your Employer As Much Notice As Possible
It may not be in your favor to let your employer know as much as a year ahead of time that you have intentions of leaving the company, which could monopolize your position and cause them to immediately start seeking a replacement leaving you out of a job sooner than planned. However giving a proper amount of notice is the professional thing to do.
Aim for at least several months notice to give your company enough time to find an excellent replacement candidate. Perhaps you can make a suggestion of someone in the company who you already work with.
Properly Train your Successor
Ideally, your company will have found a replacement before you have left so that you can hold their hand and work closely in guiding them through the process. Particularly if it is a tech position. To ensure the best possible transfer of skills to your successor, consider hiring an information transfer company, which is an increasingly popular process in the business world.
Connect With Online Community Before You Leave
If you don’t have any contacts at your destination, use the internet as a tool to connect with other people in that community. Whether locals or expats just like yourself.
By connecting with friends beforehand and building a foundation, you can ensure that you will be well on your way into integrating by the time you arrive at your new dream destination.