It felt like a tough time to be a recent graduate. Instead of feeling optimistic about a world of opportunities, graduation was something to delay or fear.
I had also given myself another challenge. Not only did I want to graduate and land a killer job with an awesome company, but also I wanted to do this on the other side of the world—in Sydney, Australia.
I reached this goal and now work in digital marketing in Sydney.
Here are a few lessons I learned in my job search abroad.
Start making connections early
I started my job search abroad more than a year before I ever got the offer and moved. It was casual in the beginning, but it was still networking. I used my free time to follow Aussies on Twitter, identify the local influencers, and start reading up Australian blogs.
I also made more personal connections with some Sydney-siders. My friend Roger (now working at Ogilvy Social in Sydney) was one of the first people to help steer me in the right direction. He co-organizes a meet-up called PRINKS for those in PR, digital, social media, etc. I wrote a guest post for the PRINKS blog and followed the hashtag before I moved to Sydney and attended my first PRINKS meet-up in person.