Hi all, this is my first post. (Hurray for me) I’m a designer with 2 years experience, and am considering making a move to Montreal in a few years (possibly 4 or so).
Does anyone here have experience with making a move to another country in the design field? Specifically, a country that speaks a different language or is primarily bilingual like Montreal?
How much of the language did you learn before moving, compared to learning while in the country?
Did language barriers exclude you from certain positions?
How much weight does design experience in the US have in other countries? Was it thought highly of? Or looked down on?
Any issues with needing foriegn certifications such as NCIDQ for Interior Designers, or AIA for architects here in the US?
How does salary tend to go? Were you paid more in the new job? Less? Equal? And did any increase coincide with any increased cost of living? Basically, were you better off financially in the new job/country than before?
Any tips, experiences, or stories about making the ‘big leap’ would be appreciated.
Thanks a ton.