With more than 30 years’ previous experience in oil and gas operations, Mark Clarke and his family have previously lived in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Mark, who is chairman of global recruitment company Frontier International, has also worked in China and several countries in the Middle East and South East Asia.
He said: “Whilst it’s not unusual for those within the oil and gas industry to work overseas, it’s not for everyone. However, the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of North Sea activity means that some of us may now begin to consider a move abroad. It’s not something to be taken lightly, but by taking the time to research and ensure it’s the right move for you, a spell overseas can pay huge dividends.”
Here’s Mark’s guide to making the move abroad a lot smoother:
Getting everyone on board
One of the most common reasons a move overseas fails is a family member that’s unhappy with the situation. It sounds obvious, but before you even consider applying for an overseas position, speak to your spouse/partner and family. This helps rule out any panic moves on your part and also ensures that your family buys into the idea of you (and potentially them) moving away from home. If everyone’s on board, the inevitable stress that comes with a relocation is much easier to cope with.