Finding work overseas

Working overseas can be advantageous in many ways.  You can gain practical skills in a different environment, exposure to diverse cultures, and contact with a wide range of people. Working overseas can demonstrate your ability to be independent, your willingness to take on new challenges and your ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds. These are assets that most employers are looking for, and will enhance your CV.

You may have a particular area of the world in mind when you are considering overseas experience. Things to think about before you decide include:

  • Culture - is this something you would be able to cope with and enjoy? (you may feel more able to adapt to an Asian culture, or you may want to challenge yourself by stepping outside your comfort zone)
  • Language - are your language skills developed enough to live and work in the country of your choice?
  • Visa requirements - do you need a visa to work in the country? Are there any restrictions on the sort of work you can do and for how long you can work? (You will need to look at embassy websites for the country you want to work in to find the answer to these questions. Try the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic and Consular list).

Students may choose casual, voluntary or temporary work or a graduate position when working overseas. With graduate positions, you will be competing with graduates from the country you want to go to, so you should identify the extra skills, qualities and experience you have to offer. A number of graduates choose to work in New Zealand initially (perhaps for an international company) for a year or two before working overseas. Some international companies offer overseas secondments to employees who want to travel and see the world.

Resources covering many countries

  • Goinglobal:
    Contains detailed information on finding employment in over 40 countries. This is a subscription website provided by University of Auckland Careers Development and Employment Services. You'll need your username and password to access Goinglobal.
  • Prospects country specific information:
    Written for UK graduates wanting to work overseas, these pages provide information on the job market, language requirements, job application process, vacancy sources, work experience, further study, contacts and links to further information for around 52 countries.
    A site promoting gap year opportunities in foreign countries.


  • Goinglobal:
    Australia is one of the countries covered in more detail in the Goinglobal website. You'll need your username and password to access Goinglobal.
  • My Future:
    Australian government careers information site including useful information on work and employment
  • Graduate Careers Australia:
    Australian graduate careers and employment website. They also have a section where you can search for local graduate salary information.
  • Graduate Opportunities:
    You will find the online versions of the Graduate Opportunities series of publications on this site. Titles include:
  • Undergraduate opportunities : Australasia's graduate jobs directory
  • Graduate opportunities : Australasia's graduate jobs directory
  • Graduate opportunities in Engineering and IT
  • Graduate opportunities in Accounting, Business, Finance 
  • Graduate opportunities for International Students
  • CVmail:
    Online application system for law firms around the world
  • Careers Online:
    Australian job search and career development website
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship:
    Includes information on the right to work in Australia
  • Hi Wages:
    Part-time, casual and temp job seeker's website
  • Unigrad:
    Source of jobs in Australia
  • JobOutlook 
    Australian Job Outlook is a careers and labour market research information website




  • Pacific Island Jobs:
    Online job portal for sustainable development opportunities in the Oceania region. In addition to jobs, the site also details volunteering, internship and scholarship opportunities.


United Kingdom and Europe

  • Goinglobal:
    The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Norway are covered in more detail in the Goinglobal website.
    You'll need your username and password to access Goinglobal.
  • Eurograduate Live:
    Graduate vacancies advertised across Europe
  • Europlacement:
    Information about international internships, traineeships or graduation assignments aimed at students and higher education institutions
    UK graduate careers site with job vacancies
  • Reed Recruit:
    Online UK recruitment agency
  • Top Jobs:
    Online UK recruitment agency
  • Teaching personnel:
    Information about teaching work available in England and Wales
  • RED: Recruitment for Education:
    Primary, secondary and other positions in the UK and beyond.

United States of America

  • Goinglobal:
    The United States is one of the countries covered in more detail in the Going Global website.
    You'll need your username and password to access Goinglobal.
  • CareerOneStop:
    American careers and job vacancy website
  • Riley Guide:
    American site highlighting employment opportunities and job resources on the Internet. 

Job choices August 2013

If you are eligible or interested in working in the United States, the following publications from National Association of Colleges and Employers may help you search for job opportunities. Click on the image below to go to the e-book.

Job choices August 2013 e-book

Job choices for diversity

Find out about opportunities in the United States for minority and ethnic groups. There are other articles as well - including 10 top tips for using social media in your job search.

Click on the image below to go to the e-book.

Job Choices - Diversity editions

International organisations

International working holidays

  • International Exchange Programmes (IEP):
    Information on work programmes in the USA and Canada, UK and Ireland and France
  • Raleigh International:
    A charity organisation enabling young people of all backgrounds and nationalities to grow personally through volunteering on worth while team based community, environmental and adventure projects