Are you looking for ways to find a better job opportunity, then you might want to follow the example of thousands of people working abroad. In 2014 there were 6.3 million Americans that worked and lived abroad, and in European nations there were 9 million workers abroad. Would you like to be one of them? If so, working abroad can provide new experiences. You can immerse yourself in a new culture, brush up on your language skills or generate a close network of friends around the world. Let’s start now.
Websites such as www.searchjobsabroad.com offer how to guides and employment opportunities from international businesses, internships, teaching positions, and au paur positions. For college students that are looking for an adventure while building a solid resume, this could be the best choice you have ever made.
Many jobs abroad will offer a modest salary and some (like au pair jobs) cover room, board, and airfare. For example the government-sponsored Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme pays English instructors 3.6 million yen (or about $44,000) a year.
Though 18-to-30-year-olds represent most of the work-abroad pool, some older adults are venturing forth to jump-start new careers, often by taking overseas volunteer posts, like building community schools or helping various humanitarian efforts.
It helps to identify your goals. Knowing where you want to go, what your financial or housing expectations are, and what you hope to gain from a work abroad experience can make the whole process go more smoothly, says Nevil Hulspas, director of Search Jobs Abroad Europe.
But when unexpected opportunities pop up, be flexible. After she lost her job as an teacher in Belgium, Anne-Marie Wellinga, now 28, accepted a teaching job in China. She believed it would give her a valuable overseas work experience. She is right, “This job has changed my life. I see things with more clarity and learned that you can be very flexible adjusting yourself to a new environment.”
Anne-Marie holds close relationship with her family in Belgium via video chats and e-mails, she was stunned how easy it works when she receives some help for her colleagues who experienced the same thing. Working abroad is not lonely experience. Surprisingly you meet a lot of people on your way that did the same thing.