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21 YO Looking to work abroad any help please?!

21 YO Looking to work abroad any help please?!

Old Nov 9th 2019, 10:56 pm
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Default 21 YO Looking to work abroad any help please?!

Hi there I am wondering if anyone can help me in basically understanding what I can do with the current qualifications I have as far as working in the Middle East is confirmed.

I am 21 years old with and have completed a HNC in Civil Engineering and I am pondering starting my HND. I am currently employed as a land surveyor and have been since the age of 18 undertaking a lot of site engineering work on the day to day. The opportunity of working abroad especially in the Middle East or Australia as a setting out/ site engineer has always interested me and I am looking for clarification as to whether these said qualification can be enough to get work. I would also be interested in furthering my education whilst working if at all possible. Thank you for taking the time to read and apologies if there are other threads similar in nature that I have missed!!

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Old Nov 10th 2019, 5:50 am
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Hi there I am wondering if anyone can help me in basically understanding what I can do with the current qualifications I have as far as working in the Middle East is confirmed.

I am 21 years old with and have completed a HNC in Civil Engineering and I am pondering starting my HND. I am currently employed as a land surveyor and have been since the age of 18 undertaking a lot of site engineering work on the day to day. The opportunity of working abroad especially in the Middle East or Australia as a setting out/ site engineer has always interested me and I am looking for clarification as to whether these said qualification can be enough to get work. I would also be interested in furthering my education whilst working if at all possible. Thank you for taking the time to read and apologies if there are other threads similar in nature that I have missed!!
You're unlikely to get work in the engineering world without a degree in the ME..... unless you find a willing Contractor (can happen but relatively rare) and even if you do, you'll be up against chaps from the sub continent who will work for a lot less than I expect you'll be happy with.

So either further your studies (Open Uni?) or try elsewhere is my advice.
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Old Nov 10th 2019, 6:24 am
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What Jamsmack said is correct. The only young Engineering graduates i work with are nationals of that country and without a degree the clients wouldnt look at you
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Agree with the previous two comments. In Saudi , construction / contracting is pretty much dominated by those from Eastern and Arab countries especially when it comes to land surveying. Salaries are quire low, and these guys will have a degree to their name. Realistically, Western Expats will be at minimum Construction Manager level ( not lower ) and with a lot of experience and degree qualifed.
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