The Graduate guide to jobs abroad

Yearning to run away after graduation to find overseas jobs? Are jobs abroad, in countries that have sunshine more than 16% of the year right up your street? Well, work and travel, and living abroad come hand-in-hand with questions. And we’ve got the perfect guide to ‘graduate jobs abroad’ and exactly how to prepare for them.

Want to be living abroad?

Firstly, make sure you know why you want to work abroad. Common reasons include: to push your boundaries, eagerness to escape into a new culture, or to test out school learnt languages. Whatever your reason, it’s crucial to make sure it’s something you really want to work for and achieve. During your graduate job abroad if you are not yet keen enough to embrace living abroad there are still options to get out of the country.

What do you want to achieve from these jobs abroad or from living abroad?

The answer to this question will define what graduate jobs abroad you look at and consider.

A) Experience a new culture and country, learn their language, and pick up a new skill set. Or B) Just get more stamps in your passport.

Will you benefit from this experience personally and/or professionally. While working and living abroad is not for everyone, it can really boost your employability – surprisingly! Not to mention how much fun you will have.

Employers can be impressed with not only your cultural expertise and your worldly-ness but the really useful and impressive skills you are likely to gain, like communication, teamwork, motivation, and many many more! All top of our employers’ lists of must-have skills.

Where do the jobs abroad take you?

If you have a passport, the world is your oyster! But remember that there may, unfortunately, be a few potential barriers in the way – like visas and work permits.

You may, or may not, need a visa and/or work permit for some graduate jobs abroad. It is important to work out if you need before you travel there. If you do, apply for them well in advance as they may not be the easiest to obtain, be a complicated process, and/or take a while to come through. Make sure to check what visas you need!

Remember to apply for any necessary permits or visas well in advance because “no permit = no work”, and “no visa = no entry!”.

Now you’re going – some things to make sure you consider pre-arrival!

  • Health insurance – Make sure that if you’re a UK citizen you have a valid EHIC card if working abroad within Europe, and within the European Economic Area. This will entitle you to free or reduced-cost medical treatment. If you are working outside of the EEA, It’s recommended to get health insurance or at least look in to healthcare costs.
  • Accommodation – If it is down to you to arrange your accommodation, HousingAnywhere.com can be a really handy tool, with housing in over 300 cities around the world. When viewing properties it can be useful handy if you have someone there who speaks the same language (if you don’t!). Don’t sign anything if you don’t understand it and be cautious about handing over money in advance. Try to speak to previous tenants if you are unsure.
  • Bank Account – Research and ask your colleagues what banks to go to and help to set up an account. Especially if you need any other details like social security numbers. Otherwise check out the banks online and ask them what you need so you can come prepared.

Think about whether it’s travel, work or just holiday that will be taking you abroad. And if you’re keen to explore employers that function internationally, jobs abroad, or work and travel options, check out Magnet.me to connect with companies that are looking for someone like you!

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