How To Prepare For Your Overseas Work Term
Depending on what you have chosen to study at college or university, you may be required to complete a work placement as part of your education. In the 21st century, people are more mobile in the labour market than they have ever been, and you may have to end up going where the money (and the experience) is and taking a work term somewhere overseas. If you have stuff that you need to store before you go, below are some tips for helping you prepare and organize.
Will you be coming back to your old apartment?
If you are heading off to work overseas and have sublet your apartment while you are away, there are certain things that you can leave, but other, more personal things that you might want to keep in self storage. This might include electronics (such as televisions and video games) as well as boxes of school work and documentation that you want safe and secure.
Not coming back
If you aren’t coming back to the apartment you are leaving and don’t have a place lined up before you leave to do your work term, a self storage unit could be a better option than dumping all of your stuff and your furniture in mom and dad’s garage. It is also a better option than simply giving away or selling all the stuff that you have accumulated over the years, especially if there are a lot of memories attached to it.
Storing your car
If you have a vehicle and you have no friends or family that can look after it for you while you are away, you might want to consider putting it in self storage. Your vehicle will need a certain kind of insurance while it is in self storage, as well as certain maintenance measures taken (like removal of the battery and over-inflation of the tires) so that it is safe to drive and working fine when you come back and take it out.
Even though you are coming back, think of your work term as if you are moving. If you are planning on storing anything in self storage, you are going to want to box and label everything. Nothing is worse than coming back from a work term, right before another academic semester starts, having completely forgotten what you have stored and in what box it has been stored.
If you have a work term coming up overseas that you aren’t sure how to plan for and what you are going to do with all of your stuff, consider renting a storage unit and having a professional self storage company look after it for you while you are away. It will provide you with peace of mind while you are out of the country and, if you keep the above advice in mind, you will be able to get it in and out of storage in no time flat.