Working overseas doesn’t mean you have to clean hostel bathrooms and tend bar just to make ends meet. There are other options for those with marketable skills and college degrees who want to venture overseas and find a corporate job abroad.
A large number of overseas workers actually work for American companies with international branches — in cushy corporate jobs. The options for work abroad are as varied as the places one can go. Whether you are looking to have fun while earning extra money, or to jumpstart your career with some international experience, there are jobs available. You just have to know how to find them.
Be sure to check out our list of multinational corporations that offer jobs abroad!
If you’re tired of washing dishes for travel money and want to put your degree to good use without losing your sense of adventure, an overseas career is a great place to start. Depending on the field, most overseas contracts are for a year, so if you’re looking for a real job you should be ready for a bit of a commitment.
In today’s world of globalization and multinational corporations, many American companies send employees abroad to work in their offices overseas. Getting a job with one of these companies can be a great way to get yourself out of the country for a year or two while still climbing the corporate ladder. Make it a goal to get yourself sent overseas and let your supervisors know about your interest.
Another great way to find employment overseas is to work for an international organization, including governmental and non-governmental organizations. A stint as an ambassador may be a ways off for recent college grads fresh from a game of beer pong, but there are many other options out there for young professionals looking to jumpstart their careers.
Try getting a job at the U.N. – they have agencies in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Quebec. Many branches of the U.N. as well as U.N.-affiliated organizations are located in Geneva, Switzerland, along with a large community of working expats. Most U.N. organizations have short- and long-term employment opportunities available to college grads and young professionals.
Working on the road can be as grueling as it is rewarding. Being a travel writer can be exhausting, working menial jobs for low pay can be frustrating, and working for a foreign company can be alienating. But you really can’t complain – just think of your friends back home, rotting away in some cubicle, working on TPS reports, while you’re having an adventure working abroad!
Don’t forget to check out our list of multinational corporations that offer jobs abroad!