Whether you’re aiming across the pond or to the other side of the world, far-flung career possibilities can only be limited by your imagination – and the occasional pesky visa. Check out our top tips for taking your career abroad, then get researching and saving for the adventure of a lifetime.
As UK citizens and members of the European Union, we have the right to live and work in any European Economic Area (EEA) country without a work permit. This means that applying for a job in France could be just as simple as applying for one here – although you may have to take your French into consideration.
That being said, there are plenty of opportunities for English-speakers in the likes of France, Germany and Spain, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). With TEFL courses available here in Scotland, which are easily completed in anything from 20 to 140 hours, it’s a great thing to have on your CV to get your career abroad off to a flying start.
American visas, otherwise known as Green Cards, are not easy to come by. A combination of super-tight security, a high population and a ridiculous number of people all trying to live the American Dream means that unless you’re a student or have an employee-sponsored visa, you’re probably in for a long wait.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a summer in the US, working at Camp America. With a huge variety of camps on offer there’s bound to be one that takes your fancy. Although there are fees involved in Camp America, including paying for your temporary visa, you will be paid for your time and all accommodation and meals are provided.
A popular destination with many Scots seeking a sunnier climate and better quality of life, securing an Australian working visa is the first step towards your new life Down Under – unless, of course, you’ve been lucky enough to be offered a job already. In this case your employer will generally sponsor your visa, making it quicker and easier for you to gain access to the country on a long-term or permanent basis.
If you have to arrange your own, there are various options available. A working holiday visa generally lasts for one year, but if you manage to secure permanent employment during this time, you can apply to extend it.
Alternatively, Tourism Australia have just re-launched their “Best Jobs In The World” competition – head over to the Australian Working Holiday Facebook page to find out how you could earn $100,000 working as an outback adventurer, a tastemaker, chief funster, a lifestyle photojournalist for Time Out Melbourne, a wildlife caretaker or a park ranger.
Much like Australia, it’s fairly easy to secure a temporary visa to work in Canada, and it’s a popular choice for ski season. You can apply directly to the Canadian High Commission for your visa, or you may want to consider applying through BUNAC’s Work Canada programme.
Additionally, you will need to be able to prove that you have access to $2500 of savings, as an “emergency fund” at the time of your application.
Statravel.co.uk: Whichever destination you’re interested in, STA Travel have loads of great information and advice on visas, TEFL courses, work abroad packages and gap years
Australia.com: Your ultimate guide to living, working and playing in Australia
UnitedKingdom.gc.ca: The Canadian Government’s website for UK citizens
Eurodesk.org.uk: Information on working and volunteering across Europe
CampAmerica.co.uk: The official Camp America website where you can find out more and apply for next year’s intake
Bunac.org: Apply for visas and get help finding temporary work abroad