Guest blog: How to find work abroad

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In difficult economic times such as these, UK graduates could find themselves struggling to find a job. Consequently, working abroad might seem like a more attractive and viable option.

But before you get applying, there are a few things you might want to consider.

Choosing a country

From a casual browse of the internet, you will find that there is no shortage of opportunities for employment abroad.  Therefore, the onus will be on you to try and narrow down the results to find the jobs that best suit your preferences.

Are you looking for a long-term position that would see you living in another country permanently, or at least for an extended period? Maybe you might want something a little more casual, something that could be incorporated into your travel plans? If this is the case, it might be worth focusing on the region you most want to visit.

Whatever you decide, be sure to always check the visa requirements before you travel. While some countries are relatively relaxed on employing tourists, others are not quite so forthcoming. In such instances, applying for a visa can be a tricky process, without any definite guarantees.

Also, before you make any commitments, make sure you do a bit of research first. You don’t want to end up half way around the world in a job that doesn’t live up to your expectations.

Lastly, make sure you inform student finance if you start working. If you don’t, you might get hit with some unexpected charges as a result.

Where to look for jobs

The internet is a priceless vehicle for research. Through it, you will find an enormous amount of information – some helpful, some not – on working abroad.

However, what it does not necessarily offer you is the chance to meet with a foreign employer face to face. Look out for international career fairs, where you will be able to explore potential overseas employment and get first hand information from members of each company.

Don’t forget to use your university links either. Search through the advertised positions online and if you can’t find anything there speak directly to the careers department. Even if they don’t have anything to offer you themselves, they will certainly give you valuable advice on where and how to apply.

Some popular options to explore

Teaching English as a foreign language has for many years been a popular avenue for those of us looking to migrate.  What makes it so attractive is not just that it is available to any native English speaker, but also its flexibility.

Essentially, those interested have two options: online courses or classroom based courses. The online courses are offered by a number of companies. All of them teach similar content and provide similar certification (just make sure to choose an officially accredited company).

One issue with the online courses is that it does limit your options somewhat.  Due to the competition for places, certain countries will only employ experienced teachers or graduates of the classroom based courses.

The classroom based, CELTA courses are far more expensive, but this is because they are a lot more detailed and intensive, and give their students the chance to obtain some practice in teaching.

For many people, volunteering their services for a worthy cause is their favoured option for international work. Unsurprisingly, these placements are in very high demand and many will cost you money.

That said, they are not necessarily expensive, although the prices do vary. While you will not gain financially, you are sure to acquire some unforgettable experiences. It may be tough, you might be exposed to upsetting scenes of poverty and distress, but you will leave with a sense of pride at offering your assistance to those in real need of help.

Long story short: there is a broad and ever-increasing range of opportunities available to you. You could do a Ski Season, work at a Summer Camp, or even put that degree to use!

Working abroad is possible. All you need to do now is find your perfect match.

Kit Durant writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.

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