Finding work overseas
Working overseas can be advantageous in many ways. You can gain practical skills in a different environment, be exposed to diverse cultures, and make contact with a wide range of people.
It can also 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 all assets that will enhance your CV.
Deciding where to go
You may have a particular area of the world in mind when you are considering overseas experience.
Things to consider:
- Culture - is this something you would be able to cope with and enjoy? For example, 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’ll 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’ll 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
- Prospects country-specific information
These pages, written for UK graduates wanting to work overseas, provide info on the job market, language requirements, job application process, contacts, links to further information for around 52 countries, and more.
Australian government careers site including useful info on work and employment.
- Graduate Careers Australia
Australian graduate careers and employment website with career planning information, resources and research. Visit their Graduate Opportunities site for their job board and additional information for job-seeking students and graduates.
- cvMail Australia
Online application system for law firms around the world.
- Careers OnLine (COL)
Australian job search and career development website.
- Australian Government - Department of Home Affairs
Includes information on the right to work in Australia.
- Hi Wages
Employment website for part-time, casual and temporary jobs in Australia.
Find out about jobs in Australia for recent graduates.
- Job Outlook
A careers and labour market research information site. Job Outlook is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business.
- Pacific Island Jobs
Online job portal for sustainable development opportunities in the Oceania region. You’ll also find details about volunteering, internship and scholarships.
Career and employment resource for Malaysian graduates.
Employment search engine for Malaysia and other parts of Asia.
Malaysian site with job vacancies in Malaysia and across the Asia-Pacific region.
- Hong Kong civil service vacancies
Civil Service vacancies advertised by the Hong Kong Government Civil Service Bureau.
- Working Holiday Scheme
Information about the Working Holiday Scheme from the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Government.
- JET Programme
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. For New Zealand applicants, more information is available on the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website.
United Kingdom and Europe
Information about international internships, traineeships or graduation assignments aimed at students and higher education institutions.
UK graduate careers site with job vacancies.
Online UK recruitment agency.
UK job vacancies.
- REd Teachers
Recruitment for teaching positions in the UK.
United States of America and Canada
American careers and job vacancy website. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Advertises opportunities available at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.
- Riley Guide
Curates online employment opportunities and job resources.
International job opportunities.
- World Health Organization
Positions available within the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Careers at UNICEF
Current vacancies available within UNICEF.
- United Nations Careers
Employment opportunities with the United Nations.
International working holidays
- Raleigh International
A charitable organisation which enables young people to grow volunteer on team-based community, environmental and adventure projects.