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If you are a student on the brink of graduating and craving something more than settling down into a mundane role, then working overseas may just be the life-changing and mind-expanding adventure that you are looking for. In fact, for many, it can completely transform the way they see themselves and their careers, while providing them with some fantastic and enriching life experience as well. Happily, if you are considering this option, you will find some advice and help below.
The first issue to consider is the location that you will work in. Some people don’t actually mind too much as they are trying to see as much of the world as they can. However, for others, the location is more important, especially in term of climate, languages spoken, and culture. After all, if you hate humid weather travelling to China in the wet season to work isn’t going to be the most enjoyable experience, is it?
To help you narrow down the locations that would be most suitable, it’s a good idea to have a checklist of things that are essential. Organise these in descending order from the ones that are the most important to the least, and then you will be able to compare locations to see which will suit your need most thoroughly.
Once you have an idea of the places you wouldn’t mind working, it’s time to look at the available roles in these areas. Luckily, there are a wealth of websites for students looking for jobs abroad that you can use to help you in your search. The best ones will allow you to search by location, and even clearly display the type of degree you need to apply. Something that can save you a lot of time, as you won’t end up wasting effort on roles that aren’t well matched to your experience.
Also, when it comes to overseas work, it’s likely that you will go through a phone, or video call screening and interview process, unless the company that you are applying to has a branch in your current location. To that end, it’s definitely worth improving on your skills in this area to ensure you impress, even though you don’t technically be meeting your interviewers face to face.
Once you have secured a position working overseas, it’s best to sort some accommodation before you arrive. The best way of doing this is to rent somewhere temporary on a short-term lease that is close to your work. Then you can spend the first few weeks settling in and focusing on your job.
After which time you will be more likely to know your way around better, and you may even have come into contact with people that you’d like to share with.
In fact, sharing accommodation can help you save money and make strong friendships while working abroad. Something that can support you in having the positive experience you are looking for, and provide you with a firm foundation on which to begin adventuring and exploring the country in which you are now working.