Experiencing life in another country is something many of us dream about but few of us do. English-speakers often think they must limit their options to English-speaking countries and fear that their careers will stall if they look further afield. For can, you really find a good role in a country that doesn’t speak your language?
Spoiler: Yes, you can. Of course, your professional field, skills and attitude are determining factors, and so is your education. Let’s review some of the options for English-speaking professionals abroad.
1 Start your own online business
If you love adventure and don’t want to have to choose a country based on the jobs available, you might need to tap into your entrepreneurial spirit. By starting your own business, or by becoming an established freelancer, you get more freedom to choose where you want to live. While it takes time to get something off the ground, as well as country-specific legal requirements to consider, the long-term benefits are immense. Make sure you give your business a good start with a good name. After all, branding is key to business success, and you want something memorable.
2 Become an embassy-employee
While finding work in an embassy abroad is competitive, this option might be relevant to those with suitable qualifications and experience. Some embassies also offer internships and placements for graduates. It all depends on what role you are looking for, and what country you are looking to move to. On HM’s website, you can search for country-based vacancies and read more about their requirements.
3 Teach English in Asia
Countries like South Korea pay English teachers a very decent salary and you do not need to have a teaching degree to do it. An undergraduate degree and a TEFL-certificate or similar are often enough. So, if you fancy a break from your career, or already work as a teacher, this option is one to consider. Some programmes cover both your flights and accommodation – and the salary isn’t bad. For this reason, they are also more selective and being a native speaker is a must.
4 Explore if your company has offices abroad
An easy way to land yourself a well-paid job abroad is to explore options with your own company. Some offer short- or long-term postings abroad, others might have an office opening somewhere that is looking for an English speaker. No matter what you choose, it’s important to take care of all the practical tasks associated with moving abroad. Check up on all the legalities and make sure it’s the right option for you.
5. Find a role in an international company
While there are fewer English-speaking roles abroad, at least in countries where it’s not an official language, you’d be surprised how many good jobs are available. Start-ups pop up all over the world, especially in cities across Europe, and many of them are looking for English speakers to help them reach a broader audience. Maybe that’s you?