The decision to move abroad takes a lot of thought and planning, and one of the biggest obstacles you will have to face is how you will earn money while you are living abroad.
Thailand is a very popular destination for people who decide to pack up and move away. However, trying to secure work for while you are living there can be very complicated and confusing. So here is the ultimate expat’s guide on how you can earn money while living in Thailand.
It is essential that you research your employment options before you fly over to live in Thailand and have a good idea of the type of job you may be able to secure. While you may not actually secure a job before you get there and you may prefer looking for employment once you arrive, it is beneficial to have an idea of the sorts of jobs you are looking for.
You need to look at which regions of Thailand are the best for you to gain employment, as it may not be a good idea to move to a rural area where there are less jobs. Some employers may also be open to online skype interviews before you arrive!
It is crucial that you look into the necessary requirements that you will need in order to gain employment as a foreign national in Thailand. Just like in any country, the better your qualifications, the better your chances of finding a good job. Individuals with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees are some of the most in demand among employers. For example, many telecommunication jobs in Thailand are popular for skilled workers moving to Thailand.
You will need basic Thai language skills to work in Thailand, but you may find employment with a multinational company that works in both Thai and English. However, if you want to thrive in your employment, then it is advisable to develop your language skills as this could increase your chances of promotion at a later date.
It is essential that you have the correct work visa that permits you to work in Thailand while you are there. Don’t forget it is illegal to work on a tourist visa in Thailand!
Just like when looking for any work, it is important that you look at the experience you have and how you can apply that experience to a new job role. You also have a much better chance at getting a job in Thailand if you have worked there before. Thailand’s job markets vary between the agricultural rural towns and the major cities. Many expats find work in Bangkok’s Central Business District doing service industry jobs. Uprooting your life and moving abroad can be a daunting decision to make, but it can also be a life altering experience that can positively impact on your future. It is important that you think carefully about your decision to move to Thailand and research your employment options before you make the move.