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Working Abroad

Working Abroad

Enhance your employability by working overseas.


Working overseas is an amazing opportunity. It allows you to experience new cultures, to learn a new language and to enhance your employability in a different environment.

To help you investigate working overseas, Prospects and TARGETjobs have useful resources. The Guardian Careers also ran a Q&A on Working overseas: how to find a graduate job abroad.

Some professions which are difficult to break into in the UK may be in high demand in other countries. See the BBC's interactive guide to the top 20 most wanted professionals and the countries that want their skills.

When considering working abroad you will need to do plenty of research. You could start by looking into the following for your chosen country:

  • what are the language requirements?
  • what opportunities are available in your sector?
  • what is the recruitment process like there?
  • do you need a visa? And what is the process to get one?
  • what are employers there looking for in CVs and applications?
  • do you know anyone already living there who could help you find work?
  • what are the living and accommodation costs?

If you need more help finding work outside of the UK, visit us and speak to an information adviser, no appointment needed.

Global information sources and vacancies

Country profiles and advice:

  • GoinGlobal - worldwide country guides covering everything from job search resources and CV guidelines, to cultural advice and visa information. Watch a brief (4:20) training video on how to get the most from GoinGlobal country career guides.
  • TARGETjobs - country profiles covering language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics
  • Prospects: Working abroad - country profiles
  • Global Edge - international business research resources
  • Transitions Abroad - advice and articles on working abroad
  • ENIC-NARIC - European Network of Information Centres. Links to official providers of qualification recognition in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia
  • Numbeo - allows you to compare living conditions in cities and countries worldwide, including housing and cost of living
  • Global Graduates - advice and information on working abroad

Vacancy and employer resources:

Use the following resources to find advertised vacancies and research employers for speculative applications.

  • MyCareer - international internship and job vacancies for Newcastle University students and graduates.
  • GoinGlobal - search for jobs and internships. Watch brief training videos on how to use GoinGlobal to find jobs (2:46), internships (3:08) and employers (2:10).
  • GradLink - search for graduate jobs
  • - global internships and job opportunities
  • Entrypark - international internships and graduate schemes
  • Jobrapido - internships and employment opportunities across the world
  • Monster - internships and employment opportunities across the world
  • LinkedIn jobs - search for opportunities across the world
  • Kompass - business search engine
  • Jobboard Finder - job board search engine and comparison tool. Search for job boards related to specific locations and sectors
  • Explore Occupations - if you are looking for work in a specific sector, many of the vacancy sources listed in pages will include the option of overseas work
  • Finding a graduate job - many of the major UK graduate vacancy websites also include the option of searching for work overseas

Further information

For more advice and vacancy sources see our webpages on specific areas of the world: