According to our annual job market survey, 45 to 55 per cent of mid-level managers consider relocating. We have always wondered how many of these actually venture upon relocation, what difficulties they face, and how much time it takes to think it over before making such a serious move. We have found a case of international relocation in Antal – meet our consultant Tatyana Bychkovskaya who has relocated from our Moscow office to the office in Dubai.
Tanya, will you please tell us – how did you come to a decision to relocate? Why Dubai?
All my life, I have dreamed about an international career. I saw myself growing professionally in a well-known brand, recruiting both in Russia and abroad. Also, I have always longed to change our harsh Moscow climate for something warmer. Antal has given me a unique opportunity to relocate to our office in Dubai. One of the reasons to choose Dubai was that the main language of business in the UAE is English, and I am fluent in English.
What was your position in the Moscow office and what will your responsibilities be at your new job?
In Moscow, I was a consultant in the FMCG Sales & Marketing practice. At my new position, I'll have a wider scope of responsibilities. In addition to the FMCG sector, I'll be sourcing Sales & Marketing professionals in Retail and E-commerce.
Do Russian nationals require a work permit for working in Dubai? If yes, then who applies for it – the company or the employee?
Yes, Russians do need a work permit. All the expenses related to getting a work visa are paid by the employer. To receive a work permit, you need a translated diploma and an international passport. In addition, you have to take a medical checkup. Usually, it takes about three weeks to get all the paperwork done.
What would you recommend to do first, if someone considers moving to another country? How long does it take to get ready to move? And what about the financial side – is it very costly?
As for time to get ready for the move – it all depends on the person. Some people can leave everything and go away in one day; with others it can take years to get ready to relocate. In my case, it took me about 2 months to get ready. The cost of living in Dubai is one of the highest in the world. Dubai is more expensive than Moscow in many aspects. However, salaries are higher here, so with time you recoup your initial expenses.
What do you like or dislike most in your new country?
The things I like most are the weather – especially when contrasted with that of Moscow in January – and having a sea nearby. Another advantage is the feeling of complete security – the crime rate in Dubai is one of the lowest in the world. On the downside, the public transport is very poorly developed here, commuting across Dubai is problematic unless you own a car.
What are your plans for the next few years?
I have decided to get a degree from one of the Dubai branches of international universities – they are numerous here. By the way, the cost of education is relatively low here, compared to Europe or the USA. In my professional life, I see establishing effective communication between the Dubai office and the Russian offices of Antal as one of my goals, because many requests for Russian specialists in the oil and gas industry and in retail (especially in the Luxury & Fashion segment) come from Dubai.
We thank Tanya for the interview and for the photos and wish her huge success at her new location. If you would like to join our team and, possibly, make an international career, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org #antalrussia #antalteam