When I think back to the summer of 2010, I was in a rut. I had a job, but it was neither well paid nor fulfilling. I have always been one to seek adventure, something exciting and out of the ordinary. I am constantly learning and growing, if I am not, I quickly become bored and complacent. A short stint in Ireland 2 summers earlier excited me and opened up a new burning desire. I needed that excitement back.
So I quickly booked a flight, gave my resignation in the next day and one week later I was flying to Prague. Did I have a place to live? No. Did I have a job? No. Was I a little silly and naïve? Totally! Ok, so I don't recommend you do things my way. Do as I say, not as I do!
But luckily for you, I can give you the help and advice of how to move to Prague responsibly, including how to get a place to live and a job first!
1. Know What You Want
It is important to know exactly what you want and be as specific as possible. You can achieve anything you wish as long as you know exactly what it is. Do you want a house or a flat? How many bedrooms? Which area? What type of job would you like? Are there plenty of jobs available in this field of expertise? Do you freelance or have your own business? Would this work in Prague? Visualise exactly how you want your life to be.
2. Make a Plan
You have probably heard the old adage 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'. I had a few tense moments over here before I sorted myself out, but thankfully I scraped by. Don't make the same mistake as me and PLAN PLAN PLAN!
Make a list of what you would need to do and how you would achieve it. Is there anyone that would be able to help you along the way? It Is important to know what you want and how you can achieve it and then maintain it.
Start looking for jobs and a place to live. You can find jobs on websites such as Expats, Prague.tv, or using recruitment agencies such as Grafton. A lot of employers are willing to do interviews over Skype and by phone so don't worry too much about the expense of flying there short notice, just explain what date you are planning to move. Some companies even offer a relocation package to help set you up here.
For a place to live I suggest looking again at Expats, Bez Realitky (not in English but you can translate using Google), Flatshare.cz as well as on some local pages on Facebook
Many of us fear the unknown, will I find a job, a place to live, run out of money? Fear holds us back from doing so many things. Cast these fears aside straight away or you will never go anywhere. Instead, continue to focus on where you see yourself, not on what could go wrong. A good way to do this is to write down everything you fear and how you can prevent this from happening. Once you do this you can see they may not be as scary as you thought, and a lot of the time unlikely to even happen. Jobs are fairly easy to come by, there are plenty of places to rent / buy and if you run out of money there is plenty of ways to make a bit on the side from copywriting to teaching English. See? Problems solved and fears cast aside!
4. Sell Everything!
Get rid of everything you do not need. I sold my car, half of my wardrobe and furniture. You won't need it (don't be a hoarder) and you'll have plenty of spare money in your pocket to get you by until you sort out a job and a place to live. I went over with 1 suitcase and a carry on, that's it.
Don't forget before you leave to cancel all your bills / direct debits etc. You may want to consider health insurance until you have a job that will provide it for you.
Book that flight, jump on the plane, don't look back and go!
Already living in Prague? What advice would you give to someone thinking of taking the leap?
Posted by Lauren, Editor in Chief of Prague Uncovered. When I'm not working, I'm either travelling or roaming Prague looking for new content. Come follow my adventures by pressing any of the social media buttons on the top right corner of the page.