More Magazine Issue 21st January 2013

Most of us have a dream to travel abroad when were young, I know I do in this article Michelle explains how we can do just that and also have a job abroad… 

Pack your bags for a job abroad…

If your resolutions involve sorting out your career and travelling more, why not combine the two?

At this time of year, who hasn’t thought of swapping their chilly rush-hour commute for the Australian sunshine? Or wondered whether that latte would taste better from a New York deli than the local cafe? With months of freezing weather ahead

TRAVEL OR WORK?

The first thing to decide is why you’re going abroad. If your priority is travelling, then bar work or waitressing is usually easy to find. But, if you’re going in order to progress your career, getting a full time job is trickier. Ask your company whether they have offices abroad. If not, it’s worth signing up with recruitment agencies based where you want to move. The website http://www.gap360.com has details of internships and teaching placements where you can get a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification, so you could teach abroad.

GET VISA SAVVY

To work almost anywhere outside of Europe you’ll need a visa, so do your homework before you go. The rules are totally different in each country. Australia for example, offers a 3 month working holiday visa which is the one you would apply for if you’re aged 18-30 and looking to do temporary work while you travel. But if you wanted to work full time for a year, you’d need the skilled migration visa, so you need a plan before you go. The site workpermit.com has up-to-date information

BE A CULTURE VULTURE

If you’re going to work abroad, you need to understand the laws of the land. Some countries, such as the US and Australia, have a similar lifestyle to ours. But in Dubai you need a licence to drink alcohol, and you can’t share a flat with a man you’re not married to. Always ask yourself if your lifestyle and personality will fit the country.

JOIN A FORUM

One of the benefits of working abroad is the network of expats. It’s easy to make friends because you’re all experiencing similar things away from home. Sites like britsaboard.com have forums for people living and working abroad. Set up a profile so you can start making friends, networking and asking questions before you’ve left the country.

LEARN THE LANGUAGE

When everybody is speaking in their native tongue you can feel left out if you can’t join in the banter. You’ll probably find you pick up the lingo quite quickly, but it’s worth knowing basic phrases and any specialist vocabulary that’s relevant to your job.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘Pack your bags for a job abroad’ by Michelle Dewberry in Issue 21st January 2013, I did not write this!)

Also posted in http://lifeisfunbeingme.wordpress.com/

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