3.) Au Pair or Nanny
Dreamed of traveling the world with a wealthy family–all expenses paid–hopping from one glamorous residence to the next … umbrella tucked under your arm like Mary Poppins? This may not be the most common job listing at Go Overseas but it’s not out of the question either, especially if you have a degree from a good university and possess special language skills and sports, musical, and other niche abilities families place a premium on like being fun and making children happy. (See the $200,000 a year Nanny.) In turn, you will enjoy the host family’s nation, culture and traditions, and may leave all the wiser and richer for the experience of living in Great Britain (Italy, France, China, Australia or America) with a family who can teach you as much about their nation as any school. Age range for Nannies is usually from 18 to 30, so all those years babysitting may finally pay off.
4.) Personal Assistant
Perhaps none of these fields appeal to you. After all, already you are a young but highly skilled Administrator/Personal Assistant with PR and media interface savvy—able to manage a private diary, field calls, and ward off intruders. You are discrete, down to earth and able to manage schedules, as well as pick up the kids from hockey. You may become a candidate for an overseas company or private individual working as far afield as Dubai or London. Naturally this niche position will be extremely competitive, and require solid experience, credentials, impeccable references, and a knockout CV. Check out Tiger Recruitment for a look at the kinds of opportunities available working with the services of an overseas recruiter, and read The Financial Times ‘Private Personal Assistants to The Rich and Famous’ for an idea of what makes a superb PA.
5.) Temporary Harvesters—to Wine Mogul?
Okay, I know what you’re thinking … From 5 star Dubai PA to Agricultural Worker in one fell swoop?! Listen, if you’ve ever wanted to backpack around Europe this is one way to do it. You can pick strawberries in Great Britain or grapes in France but fruits and vegetables need harvesting just about everywhere in Europe, (or if you prefer, Australia or New Zealand.). Your pecs will never be the same–all the better for carrying your backpack into the next adventure–and if you’re interested in agricultural engineering or farm management, you’ll have one foot in the door. Finally, summer experience working on a farm might translate into a college credit, or an entry into Viticulture (wine production), where you could move up through the wine industry, and who knows … perhaps one day own your own vineyard. Not for couch potatoes, only venturesome students will check out picking jobs.
6.) Skilled Professional Careers Abroad
Personal Assistant careers are just the tip of the iceberg, as globalization has created a need for trained, talented professionals internationally. If you would like to think about a long term overseas career path, research companies with a global presence like Deloitte, Edelman, and UBS, and when you apply let them know you are interested and available for travel. Better still, contact recruitment companies to help you place your best foot forward … Begin your research with Fortune.com and take a peek at an overseas recruitment agency like ISC to see how the field overall looks.
7.) Targeted Immigration to Fill Career Niches
No, New Zealand will not pay you $165,000 to relocate and work in their country, as one media outlet in the UK recently claimed … But New Zealand does offer jobs in niche areas where the available talent pool needs a boost. From Anesthesiologist to Zoologist, there is a long list of career opportunities available in NZ—if you have the skills and credentials. Is the land of Frodo in Lord of The Rings your cup of tea? Take a closer look at New Zealand’s policies. And have a g’day!
8.) Careers with NGOs
Nongovernmental Agencies work all over the world to support projects such as education, clean water, housing, medical needs, locally sourced economies, peaceful negotiations in conflict areas, and legal advice. NGOs may work with trafficked women and children, or with people in your own community, thus, Social Workers are very often needed. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is well known for their work in these areas, especially in fighting disease and development of vaccines. Their trillion-dollar foundation lists employment opportunities—some in Seattle, others in places like India, or China. As well, there are foundations and services offering career advice and opportunities for career or volunteer work, if this is your calling. Check out NGO ABroad, the UN or The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for guidance.
9.) Tour Guide Careers in the US and Abroad
Are you an organized go-getter with fluency in both English and a second language? Did you conduct tour guides on your university campus or at a theme park? Then working with a tour company may provide you with the excitement and challenges you crave, but you will need to be a self-starter. The opportunities to move from country to country touring the world are there—if you have what it takes. Look into Freelance Tour Guides on Google, Indeed or Sandemans New Europe Tours.
10.) Further Vacation and Careers Abroad …
Let’s say your wealthy Uncle, after hearing you’ve graduated with honors, has laid $10,000 on you. Further, he has stipulated that you spend it traveling the world to learn about the global economy. Panic attack! Where to start? An accredited group based in Australia will set you up in either London, the US and New Zealand, or Australia; secure your lodging, get you a Work Visa and a job, all while providing you with valuable travel experiences … And for a reasonable fee. Tiered programs are offered based on what you can afford (luxury accommodations to hostels), and this unique concierge Work and Travel Company will also organize your itinerary. Who knows … A temporary job could lead to a permanent career.
Travel and Work websites are plentiful, so be aware of scams and thoroughly research all your sources before committing, providing funds or personal information to untested companies. The United States Department of Defense provides further information for your research but no one offers ironclad guarantees, so use your best judgment.
All okay? Ready, set … go!