So you want to work abroad? Whether you’re bored of grey skies or dull office scenery, working abroad is the perfect way to travel AND improve your CV at the same time. You’ll be instantly more attractive to employers and come back with loads of great stories to boot.
But where should you go? Dealing with the nitty gritty details of long term work visas can get complicated. Choosing a country that offers a working holiday visa is a much simpler process – and there are tons of amazing options.
1. New Zealand
This gorgeous country has great weather and beautiful scenery. There’s every kind of landscape from tropical beaches to mountain glaciers – perfect for weekend getaways (and a haven for Lord of the Rings fans).
A working holiday visa will last you 23 months if you’re from the UK, or 12 months otherwise. Trying to find work abroad in Oz? It’s easy to find jobs in retail and hospitality. You could even try seasonal agricultural work like picking fruit.
Great for: If you want a job as an accountant or a job in IT
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There is a shortage of skilled professionals in Accountancy and IT in New Zealand, so it’s relatively easy to find work in these two areas. Health workers who are prepared to work outside of the countries’ main cities are also in demand. Check out the Immigration New Zealand website for their Immediate Skill Shortage List. This is your best bet for finding a job quickly.
The best job sites to check out for opportunities in New Zealand are –
- www.jobs.govt.nz (jobs in the public sector)
- www.kiwicareers.govt.nz (job vacancies as well as job finding tips and detailed information about New Zealand industries)
Perhaps you want to work abroad in a ski resort in the stunning snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or make big bucks in Toronto’s financial district. If you speak some French, try Montreal. Interested in film? Snag a job in the movie business in Vancouver (it’s the third-largest film production area in North America, after LA and New York).
Great for: If you’re bilingual
Yep so we know Canada is a mainly English-speaking country, but many companies have to do business in both English and French, so require bilinguals. If this is a skill you have, Quebec is your best bet for finding work.
The best job sites to check out for opportunities in Canada are –
- www.monster.ca (this is one of the biggest job sites in the country)
The Aussie economy is booming at the moment, which means that it’s great for those wanting to work abroad. Why? Jobs are plentiful and high paying. You’ll never get bored with all of the golden sandy beaches, tropical reefs and epic open spaces to explore. Not to mention all those wild animals.
Sales, marketing, health care and media are popular options, as well as traditional working holiday gigs like seasonal farming and hospitality.
Just like with New Zealand and Canada, UK citizens can stay in the country for up to two years.
Australian employers and recruitment agencies are fans of using psychology and personality testing so expect to do these tests at an interview.
Great for: If you’re after a shorter working day
A standard working day for a professional worker is from 8/9am until 3.30/4.30pm. More time for surfing then!
The best job sites to check out for opportunities in Australia are –
- Students can use the Graduate Careers site, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.
For more info about how you can work abroad in Australia click here!
Singapore’s working holiday programme is for students and graduates only, and it only lasts six months. But Singapore is one of the financial centres of the world – and one of the best places to gain work experience abroad if you want to go into the business, finance or tech industries. It’s also pretty expat-friendly, as English is commonly spoken. Plus, you’ll be perfectly poised to travel around southeast Asia. Thailand anyone?
Did you know that foreigners actually make up one third (!) of the Singaporean population and spread across all industries from labour to professional jobs.
Great for: A career in maritime services (specific, we know), healthcare or communications.
The best job sites to check out for opportunities in Singapore are –
- Job fairs are actually huge in Singapore. Visit the Career Services Singapore site for more information.
- This is also a really useful job directory – https://app.vog.gov.sg/
Okay, okay – we know Europe isn’t a country. But if you’ve got UK or EU citizenship, why not take advantage of the easy, visa-free mobility you have to work in Paris or Amsterdam or Madrid? You can learn a new language, build great experience for your CV in almost any industry and never be too far from home. Or the beaches of Mallorca. Or the nightlife of Berlin.
Great for: Flexibility (no visa required) and you can pop home easily to see friends and family
The best job sites to check out for opportunities in Europe are –