When searching for international employment you can use many of the same job search strategies you would employ searching for positions stateside, although, there are issues that are unique to searching for employment abroad. In our new and developing global economy, millions of relationships are being developed by people from countries all across the world. A workforce is developing that will lead and manage these relationships. In order to determine if you have the skills and characteristics necessary to be successful in this environment you will need to complete an extensive review of your motivations, skills and how you might fit into the global workforce.
What does it mean to have an International Career?
An international job can mean several different things. For instance, working in a country abroad, working for an international company in the United States or working in a job that requires global travel all could be considered international careers. As you embark on your career, you will need to entertain all possibilities as your goal may not be realized quickly. You will need to develop your portfolio of experiences that will allow you to market the value you bring to a potential employer.
- What is my purpose for wanting to go abroad? (travel, new experience, build a career)
- What do I rate as most important? (job, location, pay)
Your answer should include why you are drawn to an international career and not that you are hoping to leave parts of your current life behind. Concentrate on communicating the positives you have to offer and what you hope to achieve in your career.
- UniWorld - helpful resource for researching international companies
- Eurograduate, The European Graduate Career Guide - working internationally from the European perspective
- Gobal Professional Search - job service that focuses on global competencies
- Transitions Abroad - extensive collection of information, articles, resources and links to job listing boards from around the world
- Riley Guide, The International Job Search - additional useful resources but in dated layout
- AIESEC - student run organization encouraging and enabling international experiences for students
- UCC Index of international job listings sites
- KU Office of Study Abroad Internship Programs - offers summer internship programs in London, Dublin, Madrid, and Sydney
- Adzuna - search engine for job and internship postings in the United Kingdom
- BUNAC - organization that arranges visas for internships and short term work experiences in United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand
- Go Abroad - resource with internship, teaching, volunteer, and job opportunities abroad
- InterExchange Foundation - organization that offers grants to individuals participating in their programs and individuals organizing their own experiences abroad
- InterExchange Foundation - offers volunteer, internship, and holiday work abroad programs
- Volunteering Solutions - offers internship and volunteer experiences abroad