Thinking of Working Abroad?


Whether you are thinking about taking a gap year from study, a sabbatical from work or you simply have decided that there is more to life than the 9-5 grind, the world is full of opportunities for you to explore and make a living to support your new bohemian lifestyle.

Depending on the country that you are looking at, there will be different approaches to working visas, so it is worth checking this out before you start making too many plans. Australia, for example, has strict rules on the types of working roles that they will accept into the country. Many other countries are much less strict on the criteria for granting working visas.

So, here are some of the jobs that you could think about:

Teaching English – English speaking teachers are required in many parts of the world, and some recruiters will accept a general degree without a full teaching qualification to take up these roles. In many places, you will not need to be fluent in the local language as all lessons are conducted in English.

Bar work – One of the easiest jobs to pick up abroad is bar work, especially in countries where there are large tourist areas populated with bars. If you have the funds, you could even venture into bar ownership in tourist areas if you want to be your own boss.

Airline Worker – If you’re not as fussed about living abroad but want to see lots of places, working for an airline will enable you to do this. Cabin crew get to spend great amounts of time stopping over in other countries.

Driving – Driving is another option if you can pick up the basics of the local language, whether it is taxi driving, driving people on tours, or even delivery driving, it can be fairly easy to pick up this sort of work as long as you have a license. If you’re still looking to pass your test, then you can practice for your driving theory with sites like Top Tests to help you to pass faster.

Holiday reps – If you’re looking for the more fun approach then you could sign up to be a holiday rep, getting involved in making sure holidaymakers have a great time with your company. Depending on the resort and company that you work for, this role could vary significantly, so the 18-30 reps will need to be able to cope with the rowdiness of holidaymakers and the lack of sleep. Other companies hire family entertainment, so for people who can sing or dance, or do sports, there are loads of opportunities.

Sports Instructors – People like to participate in watersports and other things while on holiday. If you have experience and/or qualifications in this area, then this could be ideal for you. In areas where there is a large watersports base, you could run a surf hire shop, teach people how to dive and all kinds of different sports. You get to spend loads of time outdoors doing something that you love.