Finding Work Abroad as a Graduate

Finding a job abroad is an experience that lots of people look for, or wish they had done! There are plenty of reasons why you may want to move overseas and when you graduate is the perfect time to do just that! It is an ultimate career goal for many, with the chance to experience a new culture, meet new people and have the adventure of a lifetime! 

Develop greater awareness of the world by surrounding yourself with new experiences, people and cultures. If you are a recent graduate, then graduate jobs abroad are certainly an option. If not, why not pick up a summer job abroad to fill your summer holidays? 

Why You Should Get a Graduate Job Abroad

As a graduate, finding a job can be one of the most important things you do. It will give you that much-needed experience of working in the real world of jobs, while also giving you a nice salary – but why not do it abroad? There are a plethora of benefits to getting your first graduate job abroad and here are just a few!

Immerse yourself in a new culture

First and foremost, you will (probably) be living in a country you never have before! This will introduce a completely new style of life to you, which will be hugely beneficial. From trying new foods to visiting foreign landmarks, you will be submerged into a completely new lifestyle which will increase your cultural awareness, something which benefits everyone. 

Infinitely benefits your CV

Naturally, wherever you work in the world you will be gaining essential business skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving. But, working internationally will give you all of these and much more! You will gain skills that you may not have otherwise; things such as confidence from meeting new people and new cultural business skills in a new work environment. All of these can be added to your CV, making you much more employable, if you do decide to move on from your wonderful experience of working abroad.

Widening your network

When moving abroad for the first time, you may be nervous about moving into a new place where you don’t know anyone, but trust me, this won’t last longer than a day or two! Once you are settled into your new home and workplace, you will start making friends that will last a lifetime, especially if those people are moving abroad for their first time too. You will get to make unique memories in a completely new culture, so remember to take plenty of pictures and enjoy each moment!

It may not seem like it at the time, but you will be increasing both your personal and professional network. This will be hugely beneficial in your future, so don’t forget to connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn!

How to Find a Graduate Job Abroad

Luckily for you, it is becoming increasingly easier to search for a job in any country in the world with the internet! There are plenty of job boards or companies that advertise roles online, meaning you can see your options before moving abroad. Many job boards let you search for jobs in particular destinations, meaning you can see all of your options!

Also, many don’t realise that you don’t need tonnes of work experience before working abroad. Just like the UK, companies are looking for fresh graduates who are ready to enter the world of work with new ideas. 

First and foremost, try to work out where you want to go! The world is literally your oyster, so don’t let far distances stop you from travelling. It may seem scary moving far away from your home, but as explained earlier, you will get comfortable in no time.

Of course, there are places that may be easier to find a job in, for example, do you just speak English? America, Australia, Canada and Ireland are maybe some of your best options to avoid language barriers. Or why not start learning a language to broaden your potential options?

Think about how long you are wanting to be abroad. If you just want to explore another country for a couple of months, a short term summer job may be more suitable than a permanent graduate job.

Your salary expectations are also something to think about especially when comparing countries, not every country will give fresh graduates high salaries! 

A few other points to consider looking into are the visa requirements of the country and the costs of living there. Our advice is to research as much as possible so you aren’t lost when you accept the job and board that flight! 

So, with this advice, we hope to have helped you make up your mind about whether to move abroad or not! Of course, it isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely not an opportunity to pass up. Happy job hunting and remember, enjoy yourself!

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are starting your job search but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!

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