• Gokhun GuneyhanGokhun Guneyhan, 3 years ago

    First of all, do it! Changing the country you live in will challenge you in every way, so unless you have a big responsibility (like taking care of your family), even if you'll fail, you can always go back and continue where you left off. But if you succeed, you'll see it'll be your best decision ever.

    One of the best things about what we do is you don't necessarily need to know too much about the local market/customers/laws (imagine you were a copywriter or a lawyer). Assuming you'll have a work permit, if you're good at what you do, anyone would be willing to hire you - and from what I've seen in the UK in three years, even startups are eager to get your permit done.

    Obviously, moving to a place where you know the language makes the most significant difference. I moved from Istanbul to London, by far the easiest option I had. I didn't need to learn a new language and people were extremely helpful when they realised I was new in the country.

    My visa allows me to work only as a contractor, so I don't have too much experience with fulltime hiring, apart from what I heard from friends. However, what I know best is you'll have lots to discover about the daily and the professional life, so unless you have savings for 6-8 months, it's better to find at least one client to work remotely to stay a little busy, safe and calm. By the time I moved, I had two regular clients from the US, so I spent the first six months by enjoying a new culture, while I was also looking for London based clients without pushing myself too hard. In the beginning, I had interviews that I felt I had less knowledge than I thought, but in reality, it was just because I was in a different country and people do things in different ways. In less than a year, I met and worked with agencies that I always admired since I started designing.

    On the other hand, when you'll choose your destination, don't put work-related stuff before your lifestyle. Some people miss their family& friends, some people complain about the cuisine and some can't get used to the weather etc. etc. When you'll enjoy your day, you'll eventually solve anything related to work.

    7 points