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Many of us might be considering taking up the expatriate lifestyle in pastures new, but lack the confidence to realise our dreams.
But one man has decided to help other people take the plunge by writing a book aimed at expats moving to Russia.
Bill Mayfield, author of How To Get A Job In Russia and a worker at an investment bank in Moscow, penned the guide after moving to the Russian capital in 1998.
Speaking to the Moscow Times, Mr Mayfield pointed out that it is remarkably easy for foreign workers to settle in Russia – even if they don't speak the lingo.
"What are expats good at that Russians can't do? Not much. Russians can do things much better than them, but the expats know English. That is the advantage," he stated.
Because of this, Russian employers are likely to drive demand for western expats for at least the next five to ten years. "On the one hand, Russians speak English better than in 1998. On the other, Russia has become more internationalised," Mr Mayfield added, pointing out that business-owners are looking to hire people fluent in English.
"There will always be demand for English-language speakers."
The book reportedly sets out the best fields of employment for expats interested in moving to Russia, from the low-skilled – such as childcare and teaching English as a foreign language – to prestigious positions in real estate, advertising, finance and journalism, and includes contact information for employers.
It is no secret that Moscow is a hedonistic haven, with locals and expats alike taking their vodka-drinking sessions and nightclubbing very seriously indeed. For this reason it is important to ensure you are covered by the right level of expat health insurance. Hospitals in Moscow and Leningrad are usually of a good standard, although medical facilities in more rural areas are limited and expats working in the east of Russia are generally evacuated to Japan or China in medical emergencies.
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