Looking for a job abroad

Whether you plan to work abroad permanently or temporarily, it's something that can enhance your CV and enrich your life. It opens you up to a different culture, a variety of new opportunites and a chance to see how businesses function elsewhere. Read the following advice then see our country specific links at the bottom of the page.

How to find a job abroad

  • As in Britain, you should start by consulting the web- scan the press for advertisements and job portal websites.
  • Ask around. Use any contacts you may have that are available.
  • Use job centres abroad. You do not have to be a native citizen to use job centres abroad and can even continue to recieve unemployment benefit whilst you search abroad.
  • In many oversea cultures job searching can be a lot more informal, with inadequate advertising. Keep your eyes open for job advertisements in the street, in supermarkets, or even phone up the business itself.

Where to find a job abroad

  •  Remember that Southern Europe in general is a tourist destination, and as a consequence lacks career potential. Moreover, everybody will speak English as a result of tourism (therefore preventing you from leaning a new language or experiencing a new culture) or alternatively, nobody will- this depends on your situation.
  • Career-wise Northern Europe has more potential for your career. We're thinking Germany, Denmark and Sweden rather than the sunny beaches of Spain.

What if I can't speak the native language?

  • Remember that English is the closest thing the world has to a common language. Companies often seek English speakers to enhance their company.
  • Enroll on an intensive language course before employment. Learn the basics of the new language and after having spent a year in the workplace, you will be near enough fluent.
  •  Remember that natives can benefit from your English; you can teach English abroad, meanwhile gaining new qualifications. See the certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) for more information.

And if I can?

  • Use your skills to their advantage. English natives that can speak more than one language are becoming harder to find, and your skills are vital for positions within the European Union, for example. It is therefore a good idea to send the European Union your CV for they are always interested in British natives that meet their requirements. See their website for more details concerning employment opportunites.
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