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Four Professional Careers in Which international Applicants Can Succeed

Four Professional Careers in Which international Applicants Can Succeed

Is it hard to find work abroad? Depends on which way you look at it. With less knowledge of the local language and systems than everyone else, as well as fewer connections, you’ll often find yourself sent straight to the back of the queue at the job office. Don’t cancel your plane tickets yet, however – as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan citizen of the world, there’s plenty you can offer that will outweigh these disadvantages.

Is it hard to find work abroad? Depends on which way you look at it. With less knowledge of the local language and systems than everyone else, as well as fewer connections, you’ll often find yourself sent straight to the back of the queue at the job office. Don’t cancel your plane tickets yet, however – as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan citizen of the world, there’s plenty you can offer that will outweigh these disadvantages.

If you hadn’t already considered it, language teaching can be a great way to begin a career abroad and is an obvious choice. Not only is it a valuable experience in its own right, it offers plenty of transferable skills that’ll prepare you for the next move. Teaching others about your own language and culture can also be a wise way to buy yourself time while you learn more about the local equivalents.

Prepare before you go by investing in a language teaching qualification and getting some voluntary experience, and bear in mind that TEFL is quite an industry, so there’s plenty of places you can find more information.

Here’s one for the word nerds. Being able to write flawlessly in your own language is a skill that you are in a unique position to offer, and skilled translators and interpreters will always be in demand. That said, these are popular and well-established career choices, and you might find that you’re up against experts with heaps of qualifications and experience you don’t have.

Globalised audiences in the information age, however, have opened up a variety of new jobs, and budding wordsmiths would do well to consider a career in internet copywriting or content production, which are currently experiencing a boom. Try looking for these positions on international job boards.

If you’re an articulate individual with good people skills, multinational companies often look for team members and accounts managers to work in sales teams. As a well-travelled type, you can speak to clients in their own language (literally), and offer an ability to relate to overseas markets with confidence.

For this type of career, you’re best off in large cities with good travel and industry links, which are targeted by multinationals looking for international men (and women) of mystery, drive and emotional intelligence – rural Tuscany might not be the best place to start. You’ll find that LinkedIn is a great way to build the kind of contacts that will get you into this field, so open an account ASAP.

Another place your skills in dealing with international clients will undoubtedly come in handy is by working in tourism or hospitality, especially if you live in or a moving to a city with its fair share of tourists. Booking agents, customer service agents and managers and tour guides all need experience of communicating with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Which you, by living overseas, can offer by default.

Again, try looking on local job boards, or simply walking directly into main offices with a copy of your CV.

As a final point, don’t forget that if you have any kind of concrete trade or skill, be it hairdressing or web design, you can offer overseas employees experience of working in different environments and the ability to compare, contrast and bring new ideas to the table.

Penelope is a Content Manager for JobisJob, an international search engine which features millions of job offers from 22 countries in four different continents.