MAKING THE GLOBAL PLUNGE: If you work for a multinational company, Shakur says, ask your employer whether they have assignments abroad. If they don't, ask if you can take an extended break. During that time you can travel and explore opportunities.
Shakur says it's also a good idea to learn as much about the country before moving as you can and tap into your social networks to find out the real story on living in a particular country. "Decide if it is the right place for you. If you are staying for a long period of time, try to visit the country first before making the big move," she says.