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Welcome to the third week of our series: How to Move Abroad: An Expat Survival Guide!
Last week, we talked about How to Choose Your Perfect City Abroad and thought about where you want to live abroad. Now that you’ve chosen your future home, it’s time for you to find a job abroad!
Unless you’ve already reached full financial independence, you’re going to need a job when you move abroad. If you’re moving due to your job relocating you, congrats! This part is already done for you. If you’re trying to find a job abroad there are a lot of options, both in country and online. From teaching English to travel blogging, with a little creativity and a healthy dose of gumption you can make your new career living abroad.
In Country Jobs
For those of you looking for options besides TEFL, make sure you do your research on work visas ahead of time. Unless you’re in an industry that’s specifically looking for foreigners, you’ll need to prove your worth to justify the cost of a working visa.
Work in Your Industry
Perhaps an easier jump into working abroad is by working within your current industry. If you work for an international company, see if they have any career openings abroad. You can search for work with a new company on international job boards or on career websites for a specific company. With many of these jobs, you’ll need to be proficient in the local language.
Depending on where you’re moving, TEFL could be one of the easiest options. Many teachers abroad use it as a jumping off point for starting their own business locally or online. One of my coworkers opened up his own bar in Kaohsiung with some of the best bartenders in the city.
If you’re interested in TEFL, check out all of my TEFL posts Here. And don’t miss our review of the International TEFL Academy with an exclusive $50 discount off of your tuition!
One industry that’s always hiring and looking for English speakers is the tourism industry. Anywhere that you’d want to speak to someone if you were on vacation is a potential job opportunity. Again, speaking the local language is a big advantage when applying for these jobs, too.
- Cruise ship guest services
- Hostel worker
- Local tour guide
- Scuba dive instructor
With some creativity, language skills, and determination, you can find work in many fields abroad. Join a non-profit group and help make the world a better place. Love children but don’t want to teach? Au pairs are very popular in Europe. Not sure what you want to do? Get a working holiday visa and find a job abroad later!
The trick with working online while abroad is the residence visa. If your desired country offers a freelance visa, you can apply for that if you’ve already established your business. If not, you may be able to live locally on a visitor’s visa and make “visa runs” to another country every 90 or so days.
The problem with a visitor visa is that you may run into difficulties securing an apartment, a bank, or even internet without a resident visa. Make sure you do your research about each country’s requirements before you go.
If you have a marketable skill that you can do remotely, freelance is a great option. You can find work online and choose which jobs fit your needs and availability. Creative jobs are great options for this kind of work. Become a digital nomad and travel the world.
- Web design and development
- Admin support
- Teach online
Be your own boss
Have you always wanted to start your own business but needed the time and motivation? Moving abroad is a great jump start. I wanted to start a blog for years and finally started Caffeine and Roses after moving to Taiwan! If you create items to sell online or have another profitable side hustle, becoming your own boss is a great way to live anywhere. Building a company and brand online has never been easier. Get a professional logo, graphic design help, and more starting at only $5 USD with Fiverr. Check out our Services page for our blog creation services to help get you started!
- Share your knowledge with online courses
- Start a youtube channel
- Sell crafts on Etsy
What country or city do you dream of moving to? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss any of our posts!
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