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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale


This is a useful cautionary tale, but I'm always amazed by how uncommon common sense and curiosity are.

My checklist before going on holiday for a week seems to be more detailled than Bernd's checklist before moving country for a permanent new job.

1) Do I know anyone I trust personally who can talk me through what happens when I arrive in Amsterdam? Ideally can they put me up for a few days?

2) Is there an ex-pat group online? Is my country well represented there? Are they active and able to support me with information?

3) Where am I staying. How long for?

4) How much money do I need? Do I have it? Can the relocation company help?

5) How does emergency medical care work? (especially if I have a fricking condition that needs to be managed!).

6) What are my work obligations for the first weeks while I'm settling in? How do I balance those with getting set up? Is my boss onboard?

It's not rocket science, is it?

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