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Advantages of working abroad

Working in another country is an ideal way to improve existing skills or learn new ones, making you more attractive to employers as well as being a beneficial addition to your CV.

If you have decided that you would like to work abroad, you can either do so for a short time in the form of a few weeks, a few months, a year out or even gap year. You may though decide to relocate long-term or permanently. Some people may go abroad to volunteer rather than looking for paid work.

Many young people explore opportunities such as working at summer camps or completing short term jobs to fund travelling. Within this section you will be able to find out about some of the experiences staff and former pupils have had from working abroad and what benefits this can have for individuals.

If you are interested in learning more about potential opportunities please speak to your pupil support teacher or Mr Tocher who can discuss this with you. There are also links provided at the bottom of this page to some useful websites.

Benefits of working abroad

Working abroad has many advantages, including:

  • experiencing different cultures and build cultural awareness
  • enhancing your CV
  • improved communication skills or language skills
  • building confidence and self-reliance
  • developing independence and personality
  • gaining new qualifications and improve professional skills
  • learning a new language
  • employers will be impressed with your initiative and flexibility
  • learn new working styles and build international networks

Useful links: 

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/getting-job/seasonal-jobs - My World of Work provides links to recommended sites for working abroad as well as advice on seasonal jobs

https://www.bunac.org/uk - BUNAC are volunteer abroad & working abroad experts offering working adventures worldwide to customers all over the world

https://www.smallerearth.com/uk/ Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers. They send thousands of travelers abroad on life changing ventures each and every year to travel and experience working abroad.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/working-abroad - This site helps people to discover how to get a job in 30 countries, what it's like to work there, and what visas you'll need.

https://www.campamerica.co.uk/ - Offering cultural exchange USA summer jobs in America for over 40 years! Camp America® offers summer camp employment in the USA!

https://www.gapyear.com/jobs-abroad - Gapyear.com is a community for backpackers and gap year travellers. Search for trip advice, travel inspiration, jobs, tours and volunteering ideas.

https://www.oysterworldwide.com/projects/paid-work/ - Oyster is a family-owned business that specialises in arranging paid work and voluntary work abroad for individuals from around the world.

http://bapaa.org.uk/ - BAPAA is the only recognised Trade Association for the British Au Pair Industry and was formed on a non-commercial basis with the sole purpose of setting standards for the Au Pair industry.