If you haven't seen Black Panther yet, stop reading this blog post and go watch it!
I think it’s safe to say we were all blown away by the beauty, prosperity, and peace of Wakanda. The utopian country - a secret to the rest of the world - is abundant with natural resources, which managed to avoid being colonized by European nations. The power of vibranium seem endless as it helps to make Wakanda a super technologically advanced society. It’s a peaceful and wealthy nation, which to many, represents ‘black excellence’ and opportunity. The only problem is - it doesn’t exist!
I would have my bags packed at the drop of a dime if I were given the opportunity to live there, many of us would. But we’re forced to face the cold hard reality that no country (that’s actually real) is perfect. So what options do we have left when figuring out where to live abroad? It starts with self-reflection.
When I think of all the reasons why I’d love to live in Wakanda, most of them also revolve around the reasons I moved to Amsterdam: economic prosperity, opportunity and peace. Whenever I think of moving to a new country, I always focus on these 5 areas to help make the right choice.
Think about what your perfect country would look like
Consider things that you may not typically think about like the climate, housing, social life, and cultural experience. These will impact you on a daily basis. It's important to know your preferences so that when you’re making your decision, you can look for places that have the things that you want.
Focus on your career and income opportunities
You should carefully review your certifications, education, and work experiences to help you pinpoint where you’ll have the most chances career-wise. Also, research places that have lots of opportunities in your career field. If you’re considering going back to school, think about what kind of education you’d want to pursue and focus on where the best programs are located.
Know your deal-breakers
There will be some things that your new country absolutely has to have in order for you to be able to enjoy your experience. Try and reflect on what these could be and focus on countries that will allow you to have these.
Be willing to compromise
Understand that the perfect place does not exist. You’ll never get everything on your wishlist, so it’s important to understand that you will have to compromise in order to get the most out of your new country. It could be as simple as thinking about whether you’re willing to give up earning a higher income to live in a warm, sunny climate.