Working abroad - key advice

Map of the world careers international

Working overseas is an amazing opportunity. It allows you to experience new cultures, to learn a new language and to enhance your employability in a different environment.

When considering working abroad you will 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 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 from the one you are based in requires effort and research.  Use these resources to find advertised vacancies, do research on employers and make speculative applications.

MyCareerHub Strathclyde - our vacancy portal where you can search for international internship and job vacancies 

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 are looking for work in a specific sector, many of the vacancy sources listed in pages will include the option of overseas work

GoinGlobal 

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 is 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.

GoinGlobal - worldwide country guides covering everything from job search resources and CV guidelines, to cultural advice and visa information. 

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

Entrypark - international internships and graduate schemes

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.

The UK Government Travel Aware campaign aims to help British people to stay safe and healthy abroad.

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 fitfortravel.

Login to the Careers Online Toolkit for international CV advice:

Students

Graduates

Further Information

For more advice and vacancy sources see our webpages on specific areas of the world:

Asia

Africa & Middle East

Europe

North and Latin America

Oceania