Skip to content

Working Overseas – A World Of Opportunity

Working Overseas | Fnbboston.orgIf you’re considering working abroad there are a lot of factors you need to take into account when you are planning your job hunt in order to make it as painless and successful as possible.

To make your search manageable you must first decide what sort of job you would like. Simply wanting to work in a particular country is not going to impress potential employers. If you are applying for a short-term job this is less important, but identifying specific sectors to target will save your time.

Once you have settled on a particular type of job you will need to decide where in the world you want to go. Lots of people want work abroad and it is important that you try and narrow down your options. Your own preferences for food, culture, weather may play a part in your choice of country but remember that job opportunities vary between countries. Concentrating your efforts on a handful of possible destinations will cut down the amount of research you will have to do.

About The Job Market

The number of UK job seekers who go abroad is actually quite small but to be successful you will need to adopt a different strategy for your job hunt than you would perhaps use at home in the UK. For example, if you have just graduated from university and wish to work abroad, in the UK and Ireland around half of all vacancies do not specify a particular degree subject. This is not necessarily the case with employers abroad who may be looking for candidates with a relevant degree subject and more experience. Therefore, you will need to carefully check the relevance of your education achievements and experience against each position you apply for.

Also find out what competency will be expected of your language skills as this will vary depending on the country and level of job you are aiming for.

Make Yourself Marketable

Gaining work experience in your chosen country will be a great help in securing a permanent position. It will raise your credibility in the eyes of employers and enable you to build a network of contacts. In some cases, further study may also increase your chances.
Another approach is to begin your career in the UK or Ireland and then look for postings abroad with the company you are currently working for. Many multinational firms have transfer schemes to their overseas offices.

Tips On Job Hunting Abroad

  • Find out about recruitment and selection methods in your target country as these vary widely and apply accordingly.
  • Voluntary work can be a good way of starting off overseas and there are many organizations that offer such opportunities.
  • Identify sources of vacancies and assistance using directories of employers. These can usually be found at your local Job Centre, recruitment agencies and careers advisory services.