There are many international opportunities for professional employment, particularly in professions experiencing skill shortages globally.

Be aware

  • Internal factors will impact on the labour market of a country and will affect supply and demand in particular industries and the types of employment available.
  • All countries have their own work visa rules, so being informed before you apply for a job is an important first step.
  • GoinGlobal outlines employment and workplace information for more than 40 countries across Asia, Europe, North and South America, UAE and South Africa.


Finding international work

  1. Find your own advertised overseas job vacancy

    Start searching for jobs advertised on internet sites, job boards, employer websites, professional associations’ websites, and in magazines and newspapers.

    • Careers Online
    • GoinGlobal
    • LockinChina Chinese labour market, including access to a job database for Chinese students looking to return home after study
    • Prospects UK links and information for graduates seeking work in the UK
    • WikiJob a suite of international career information, including a global job database and access to sector specific industry overviews.

    In addition you can also search directly on company websites for advertised positions and employment opportunity information.

  2. Be proactive

    You will need to use a range of job-seeking strategies, so building networks is vital both before you leave home and upon arrival in your new country.

    You will need to do your research, conduct informational interviews and make direct approaches to organisations. This means having contact with other travellers, locals, and professional associations who can also provide opportunities and leads.

  3. Obtain a transfer

    Internal transfers are particularly relevant if they are part of a large multinational organisation with an international network.

  4. Register with recruitment agencies which seek candidates globally

    Recruitment agents work on behalf of the employer (who pays them) rather than the candidate, so you need to maintain regular contact with your recruiter to ensure that they are active in seeking a match for you.

  5. Register with an established organisation

    Many organisations assist with working holiday, work experience opportunities, volunteer work and international internships. This is an option to explore, especially if you do not not have your own contacts or experience of living in another country. These organisations will be able to confirm your placement and provide you with a briefing prior to departure. However, most organisations will charge a fee for providing these services.

Work visa requirements

All countries regulate work for non citizens and residents. It is important to contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you want to work, to determine what their requirements are.

There is a wide range of international working holiday schemes and special international agreements that have been negotiated with over 17 countries for working holidays.