Your options to connect with organizations based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. These obstacles, however, should not discourage you from trying to find work abroad; instead they should give you a sense of the skills and resources you need to acquire to make yourself a competitive candidate while helping you focus on the opportunities that best fit you.
Keep in mind that it’s often more difficult to find a salaried position in an international agency without previous field experience or a relevant graduate degree. International nonprofits may be your best bet for finding work abroad. Many of these organizations list their job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities on their websites
The basics of working abroad
The first step in working abroad is to determine the who, what, where, when, and how. Think about your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country—are you hoping to learn a new skill? Build an international CV or résumé? Self-fund the exploration of a new country? Knowing more about why you want to work abroad will help you determine what types of jobs would be the best fit.
Also, start thinking about when you’d like to go, how long you’d like to stay, and where in the world you’d like to work, volunteer, and travel.
Get all the low down info about the kind of country you would like to live in, what are the job opportunities available, the financial and economic conditions of the citizens there, etc. However, its important for you to know for sure that this is the place that you need to be since the preparations change basis the location.
Short-term work abroad
Whether you’re on a gap year or simply want to work abroad on a short-term basis, there are a number of programs and opportunities available to you. You can explore fellowship programs like the Peace Corps or pursue academic programs like Fulbright. If you’re a student, you can look into gap-year programs.
Long-term work abroad
Alternatively, you can seek long-term or permanent work in another country. Once you’ve made up your mind, you could start looking at job databases which are freely available on the internet and in plenty.
Keep a tab on the logistics
Choosing to live and work in a country other than your own likely involves a range of logistical challenges, from visas and red tape on residency and taxation issues, to linguistic and cultural differences, to potential difficulties presented by your target country’s economic and political stability. Careful research is essential to learning about and overcoming these challenges.
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