Monday, 19 May 2014

How to Live and Work in India

Bharatnatyam dancer. (indiandancer.org)
Are you looking to chuck it all and run away to a foreign land? Maybe your children have left the nest and you are looking for a new adventure? Have you been itching to resume a life of travel now that you are single again and want to work abroad?

I was in your shoes three years ago. My daughters both went off to out-of-state colleges. I was divorced and what some would consider footloose and fancy-free with no relationship in the works or anywhere on the horizon. I did not own a home; I rented a two bedroom condo. I had over twenty years of work experience in a high tech field, and I knew I had skills that were sought after worldwide. In short, I was ready to chuck it all to live and work in India.

How did I do it? Well, it took time and persistence. I landed one job in India with only a Skype interview. When that job fizzled out after six months, I found another position within the country with an American company with offices in India.

Meenakshi-Sundaresvara Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu (pbs.org)
I have published several posts on my blog site about how I went about this, so I won't go into the details now. But, if you feel the urge to fly and others are telling you that it's impossible to find work in India as a foreigner or why in the world would you leave leave the USA to live in a developing country? Take heart. I did it and now have a life that is based in both countries, India and the USA. It is possible and my life is so much richer for taking the leap.

Here are the links to my previously published blog posts on how to get a job in India:

http://www.sippingchaiinchennai.com/2012/12/finding-job-in-india-as-expat.html

http://www.sippingchaiinchennai.com/2013/09/working-in-india-as-expat.html