Careers Service International jobs
Working overseas is a fantastic opportunity. You get to experience new cultures. Possibly learn a new language. And you can enhance your employability in a different environment.
When considering working abroad you'll need to do plenty of research. You could start by looking into the following for your chosen country:
- what are the language requirements?
- what opportunities are available in your sector?
- what is the recruitment process like there?
- do you need a visa? If so, what is the process to get one?
- what are employers there looking for in Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) and applications?
- do you know anyone already living there who could help you find work?
- what are the living and accommodation costs?
Finding vacancies in a different country in requires effort and research. Use these resources to find advertised vacancies. Do research on employers and make speculative applications.
Careers Service resources
Sources of advertised vacancies
Many of the major UK graduate recruitment websites also include the option of searching for work overseas.
I want to work in...
If you're looking for work in a specific sector, many of the vacancy sources listed here will include the option of overseas work.
The Careers Service subscribes to GoinGlobal, an online international jobs and internships database which gives Strathclyde students access to the latest vacancies (DS login required).
It's a great resource for those thinking about a global career and includes worldwide country guides covering:
- job search resources, job hunting tips and local job search links
- CV guidelines and tips, with examples for each country
- visa information
- cultural advice
GoinGlobal is free for all Strathclyde University students and graduates of the last five years.
Search for jobs by location
For country information:
- GOV UK Living in country guides - advice for UK nationals living abroad, including residency, health and benefits, and specific advice for people following the UK's departure from the EU
- TARGETjobs - country profiles covering language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics
- Prospects: Working abroad - country profiles
- Global Edge - international business research resources
- Transitions Abroad - advice and articles on working abroad
- ENIC-NARIC - European Network of Information Centres. Links to official providers of qualification recognition in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia
- Numbeo - allows you to compare living conditions in cities and countries worldwide, including housing and cost of living
- Global Graduates - advice and information on working abroad
- British Council - Study and work outside the UK
- GradLink - Graduate jobs for international students who have studied in the UK. Vacancy search plus sector guides by region or country for different career areas with suggested vacancy sites. Has specific coverage for Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Gulf, India & Canada.
- GoinGlobal - search for international jobs and internships
- Prospects - Job search function - select graduate jobs or schemes and Europe or worldwide
- TARGETjobs - Use the search function and select graduate jobs and international
- iHipo.com - global internships and job opportunities
- Jobrapido - internships and employment opportunities across the world
- Monster - internships and employment opportunities across the world
- LinkedIn jobs - search for opportunities across the world
- Kompass - business search engine
- Jobboard Finder - job board search engine and comparison tool. Search for job boards related to specific locations and sectors
Working in Europe
Use the GOV UK's "Living In" - Guides Europe
Visas are now required for UK citizens who want to work in Europe. Start by researching the visa requirements and application process using the Government's guides for the country you are interested in. You will also need to check the visa and immigration guidelines with the Embassy or Consulate for the country in which you wish to work and contact them directly for further advice on visa applications.
Working outside Europe
Familiarise yourself early with visa conditions and application procedures in your target country. Being eligible will depend on a range of factors such as shortage occupations, qualifications, age, etc.
Always check the website of the UK Government's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before making any decisions about travelling or accepting a position abroad. The site covers a range of issues including insurance, passports, visas, health precautions and advice on the political situation of around 200 countries.
You should also research other factors that will shape your experience of the country such as living standards or healthcare provision.
Visit workpermit.com for detailed information on visa requirements worldwide.
For travel health information visit Fit for Travel.
The world of work is rapidly changing. In an increasingly competitive job market, developing your employability is essential to ensure success. We know that employers are looking for vital skills such as communication, team working and problem solving. But in addition to this, businesses are increasingly talking about the need for students to develop a more international perspective and become a “Global Graduate.”
This is where undertaking a global opportunity can help. International experience on your CV whether it is studying or working overseas- can really enhance your employment prospects both in the UK and abroad.
Why should you consider going abroad?
- Develop your global perspectives and knowledge
- Gain an insight into different countries, cultures and business environments
- Set yourself a new challenge
- Improve your foreign language skills
- Undertake varied work experience
- Enrich your learning experience through international study
- Work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and further enhance your interpersonal relations
- Develop new contacts and networks
- Enhance your personal skills, become more resilient, flexible and adaptable
Useful advice to help you
- Strathclyde University's Recruitment and International Office
- Justlanded - useful advice on working and living abroad
- TARGETjobs graduates guide to working abroad