Kota Kinabalu is a city bustling with career opportunities in the fields of agriculture, fishing, leisure, and tourism. Its economy is steadily growing, making it a viable relocation site for professionals looking for a change in scenery. Those who are planning to move into the city are up for some challenge, but these tips will keep you on the right track and ensure your highest survival rate when moving to Kota Kinabalu:
- Research. This may seem obvious, but it can’t be emphasized enough. You need to do some homework before moving to the city. Read credible online and offline materials about Kota Kinabalu. Read about its demographics, immigration requirements, climate, job opportunities, government offices and processes, transportation system, cost of living, and anything of importance about the city.
- Secure a job. This is the very first thing you need to do (in most cases) before or upon moving to the city. Even if you come with a decent amount of savings, you still need to secure a job as soon as you can. The best case scenario is to secure a job before moving into the city. There are plenty of websites that post job vacancies in Kota Kinabalu. It is best if you can secure an interview even before moving. If for some reason you can’t secure a job before moving, ready your resume, grit, and charm and apply personally once you’re settled in.
- Ask for tips from friends or relatives. If you have a trusted friend or a relative who has experienced living or is currently living in Kota Kinabalu, use this connection to your advantage. Ask as many questions as you want about important topics such as living spaces, transportation system, government offices, healthcare system, and even job opportunities in Kota Kinabalu. Plus, they can offer you words of encouragement.
- Look for an affordable living quarter. Your living quarter is ideally affordable, accessible from your office and transportation modes, near establishments, and, of course, has a low crime rate. Same as securing a job, you have two options here: secure a living quarter before moving to the city or check in a hotel first and look for a permanent living quarter once in the city.
- Learn the native language. Although the majority of Kota Kinabalu locals know how to speak English, nothing beats being able to converse in the local language. Learning Malay will make life easier for you – from making new local friends, to asking for directions, to learning the culture and lifestyle of the Malaysia.
- Socialize. Lastly, but equally as important as the others, you will need to socialize with locals, who are known as warm and friendly people, and with fellow immigrants as well. As a new resident of the city, you will need all the support you can get to adjust to the new culture, deal with loneliness and homesickness, and learn the ropes in a foreign land. Use the power of social media. Look for groups of expatriates or immigrants. Attend events exclusively for immigrants. These events can be educational; you may learn about top restaurants, shopping malls, tourist attractions, or job vacancies in Kota Kinabalu.
These tips will help you start right in a new land. Have fun, stay focused, and be well prepared.